Committed to pushing the boundaries of harp performance, Jennifer R. Ellis (D.M.A. University of Michigan, M.M. Cleveland Institute of Music, B.M. Oberlin) is the first harpist to attend the Bang on a Can, Fresh Inc., and Splice summer festivals. Founder of the Ask A Harpist Project, she has performed over forty premieres and played with Britten Pears, Spark Festival, American Wind Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestra Institute, and Texas Music Festival. She has received the Alice Chalifoux Prize, American Harp Society Grant, Rackham Centennial and Graduate fellowships, AT&T Foundation and Conservatory Deans’ scholarships, and holds prizes in the Ann Arbor Society for Musical Arts, Coeur d’Alene Young Artists, LMC of Seattle, and Inez Stafford competitions. She has published in The American Harp Journal and teaches harp and eurhythmics. An inaugural UM Engaged Pedagogy Initiative Fellow, Ms. Ellis trained in community-based learning and collaborates on a variety of community engagement projects.