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Ellefson will join the faculty of Indiana University in August, 2002.
He goes to Bloomington from Seattle where he has been a member of the
Seattle Symphony since 1992. During his decade in Seattle, he has made
dozens of recordings with the orchestra, playing trombone, euphonium
and bass trumpet. One of the accomplishments of which he is most proud
is having performed as principal trombone on six complete cycles of
Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen for Seattle Opera. Mr. Ellefson has
participated in hundreds of recording sessions for motion pictures,
IMAX, television and video games, working with such composers as Elmer
Bernstein, James Newton Howard, Basil Poledouris and Bill Conti. He has
also backed entertainers as diverse as Burt Bacharach, Frank Sinatra
Jr., Ray Charles, James Taylor, Manhattan Transfer and Yes.
Over the past
20 years, Mr. Ellefson has been fortunate to have studied with many of
the finest low brass teachers including Joseph Alessi, Frank
Crisafulli, Edward Kleinhammer, Jay Friedman, Arnold Jacobs Mark
Lawrence and M. Dee Stewart. His initial study was with Warren Baker at
Linfield College, in McMinnville, Oregon, from which Mr. Ellefson
graduated cum laude in 1984. Mr. Ellefson holds a Master of Music
degree from Northwestern University.
has a keen interest in chamber music and solo repertoire and has given
concerto performances of works by such composers as Bloch, Bourgeois,
Dorsey, Grondahl, Guilmant, Larsson, Pryor, Pugh, Serocki, Tomasi,
Rimsky-Korsakov. He has extensive knowledge in the repertoire of both
orchestral and chamber music and is also well acquainted with the
commercial and jazz idioms.
Ellefson has played Greg Black mouthpieces exclusively since 1998.