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Alabama School of the Arts Presents Dr. Ellen Elder Piano Recital Feb. 20

Maggie JonesNews

Dr. Ellen Elder

MOBILE, Ala. – The Alabama School of the Arts at the University of Mobile presents Dr. Ellen Elder in recital as part of the university’s third annual Piano Festival. Elder will perform works by Bartók and Schubert.

The free recital will be Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. in Moorer Auditorium located in Martin Hall at the University of Mobile, 5735 College Parkway, Mobile, AL 36613.

Elder has been honored for her solo performance and teaching, including the Steinway & Sons Top Teacher Award. She received the Joanne A. Smith Piano Pedagogy Award for class piano teaching for two consecutive years.

She has performed throughout the United States and South America as a soloist, collaborator and masterclass clinician.

Elder has earned degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Southern Mississippi. She is associate professor of piano at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she founded the Southern Miss Piano Institute that offers private lessons to pre-college students and adults in the community.

She is a member of the local and state music teacher organizations and served as the president of the Mississippi Music Teachers Association from 2014-2016. She currently serves as the president of the Hattiesburg Music Teachers League.

The Alabama School of the Arts Piano Festival is under the direction of Steinway Artist Dr. Kadisha Onalbayeva, director of piano studies and professor of music. For more information about the Alabama School of the Arts or upcoming performances in the Performing Arts Series, visit or call 251.442.2222.


About the University of Mobile

The University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in over 75 academic programs. Founded in 1961, the University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres.

For more information about the University of Mobile, visit the website at or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.