Born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Ellen has been playing harp since age 11. After starting out playing Celtic tunes at the Farmers' Market on Saturday mornings, she has since become involved in performing with orchestras, operas, musicals, pop groups, choirs and in other varied projects both at home in Halifax and in Montreal. With support from the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, she obtained a Bachelor of Music in Harp Performance from McGill University, studying classical harp with Jennifer Swartz. She has also studied with Karen Rokos, and Cheryl Reid-O'Hagan in Halifax, and Elizabeth Jane Baldry in Devon, England. Ellen is currently based in Halifax and teaches harp privately and at Acadia University.