As a former middle school orchestra teacher, Ellen has first-hand knowledge of the time and effort our directors put in on a daily basis. Now an integral part of Gateway’s operations department, she’s here to make your tour planning process a breeze! Touring was Ellen’s favorite part of college, including a tour to China as president of the St. Olaf Orchestra (yep, another Ole in the office). She also decided to study piano performance above the Arctic Circle in Tromsø, Norway, because winter in Minnesota wasn’t quite cold enough. Originally hailing from Massachusetts, her primary instruments are the violin, viola and piano.