Being in Trade Winds has taught me so much more about humanity and true connection than anything else in my life. Traveling and playing and teaching with this group challenges me to continuously reshape and redefine my worldview. Midori, Brian, Jamie, Brandon, Suzanne, Jonny, and all our students inspire me to be stronger, more honest, more courageous, more virtuosic, more flexible, more accountable, and the most creative artist and teacher I can be.
— Ellen Hindson

Ellen Hindson

Oboist, Co-Founder

Ellen Hindson is a freelance oboist and teacher dividing her time between San Diego and New York City. Currently Principal Oboe with the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra, Ellen enjoys performing with a range of ensembles including The Experiential Orchestra, the Binghamton Philharmonic, and the New York Concerti Sinfonietta. She has performed in venues ranging from Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall to Brooklyn's National Sawdust for immersive concerts with Contemporaneous and Groupmuse. Ms. Hindson is a founding member of Trade Winds Ensemble; she won the Peter M. Gross prize for her work performing and teaching with Trade Winds. Trade Winds Ensemble’s 2017 partnership with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and RefugeeOne to offer free music workshops to refugee children from Syria and the Democratic Republic of Congo helped catalyze Ellen’s passion for welcoming refugees in the United States, and fighting for their rights. She volunteers with her local chapter of the International Rescue Committee in San Diego, tutoring refugees enrolled in college courses.  

Ellen is committed to teaching through music and the arts. Through The Bloomingdale School's Project Bridge, she teaches students who cannot otherwise afford private lessons, and works with Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP) as a teaching artist with the ASTEP on STAGE! program. Ellen has presented oboe masterclasses and clinics at Wright State University and Montclair State University, and regularly works as a woodwind coach for the Scarsdale High School Wind Ensemble. She also presents workshops with Moving Performance, an organization dedicated to using music composition and creative problem-solving in professional leadership training.

Originally from Wisconsin, Ellen received her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Minnesota, and moved to New York to earn her Master’s degree at the Mannes School of Music with Sherry Sylar, Associate Principal Oboe with the New York Philharmonic.