Dr. Ellen Price Elder

Dr. Ellen Price Elder is Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she
teaches applied piano to graduate and undergraduate piano majors, and teaches piano pedagogy and class
piano. She is an active collaborator with USM faculty and guest artists, and has performed throughout the
United States and South America as soloist, collaborator, and masterclass clinician. In 2011, Dr. Elder
founded the Southern Miss Piano Institute, which offers private lessons to pre-college students and adults
in the community. Her college and pre-college students receive numerous awards and honors for their

She holds the D.M.A. in Piano Pedagogy and Performance and the M.M. in Piano Performance and
Literature from the University of Michigan. Her primary instructors included Louis Nagel, John Ellis,
and Joanne Smith. She did additional study in vocal accompanying with Martin Katz and fortepiano with
Penelope Crawford. She received her B.M. in Piano Performance from the University of Southern
Mississippi (student of Stanley Waldoff). She has served on the faculties of the University of Michigan,
the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Eastern Michigan University, Schoolcraft College, and William
Carey University. She has taught on the summer piano faculties of the University of Michigan All-State
Program at Interlochen, the University of Michigan Summer Arts Institute, and the FestivalSouth Piano
Concerto Academy.

Dr. Elder is the winner of many competitions and awards, both for solo performance and teaching. She
was the first place winner of the Ann Arbor Society for the Musical Arts Competition and the Lansing
Matinee Musicale Competition, and second place winner of the Memphis International Beethoven Sonata
Competition. In March 2010, she was selected to compete in the 7th International J. S. Bach Competition
in Würzburg, Germany, and was one of thirty-seven pianists chosen to compete in the 2006 Johann
Sebastian Bach International Competition in Leipzig (one of three chosen from the U.S.).

She is the recipient of the Steinway & Sons Top Teacher Award, the MTNA Star Award, as well as the
Joanne A. Smith Piano Pedagogy Award for class piano teaching (for two consecutive years). In 2009,
she was selected to receive the HEADWAE Award (Higher Education Appreciation Day/Working for
Academic Excellence) established in 1988 by the Mississippi Legislature to honor faculty who have
contributed to the promotion of academic excellence at each of the state's public and private institutions.
She has been featured as soloist with the University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and the
University of Michigan Philharmonia Orchestra, as winner of the concerto competitions at those
institutions. She has been featured as soloist with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the Mississippi
Symphony Chamber Orchestra, the University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, and the
Hattiesburg City Band.

Dr. Elder is a reviewer for the American Music Teacher Magazine. She edited Three Pieces for the
Young Pianist by Luigi Zaninelli, published by C. Alan Publications. A collaborative CD with Dr. Jason
Bergman, trumpet, “On the Horizon” was released in the fall of 2013 and is available for purchase
through msrcd.com, Amazon.com, and iTunes.

Dr. Elder is in demand as an adjudicator and clinician throughout the United States. She is an active
member of the local and state music teacher organizations, and currently serves as Immediate Past
President of the Mississippi Music Teachers Association, and President of the Hattiesburg Music
Teachers League.