Name: Ellen Durkin
Hometown: Parker, CO
Major and School/College: Music Industry Major, Syracuse University, College of Visual and Performing Arts
Hi, I’m Ellen! I grew up in Parker, Colorado with my parents and two siblings. I am currently studying music industry at Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY. I first got involved with music in fifth grade when I started playing the viola. I am a member of the the University’s symphony and enjoy arranging as well as composing music. Some of my other interests include hiking, running, camping, and concerts.
My interests in the fine and performing arts are heavily centered around music. I play the viola and have been learning piano and guitar (slowly) over the last year. I outside of making music, I love listening to it, more specifically, listening to it live because then the music isn’t the only type of art around, there’s also the art of performing and captivating an audience. Outside of music, I have a great appreciation for architecture even though I’m not as well versed in its history or function.
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