Peirce Ellis

BIRTHDAY: May 2003 (Age 17)

PHONE: (267) 538-0339


CITY: Philadelphia, PA


Peirce Ellis

I am a violist and have performed at the White House and in Iceland, New York, Chicago, Miami, and California, and was featured on NPR’s From the Top radio show where I received the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. I am a student at Juilliard Pre-College studying with Toby Appel and during the summer of 2020, participated in Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra, the Wharton School’s business programs, and USC’s Bovard Scholars.

With my brother, after taking a business course at my local community college and two cycles participating in Schoolyard Ventures, I co-founded EllisVillage, an arts-based venture designed to support nonprofit organizations that support young people. Ellis Village performances includes a two-hour set at the Philadelphia Eagles’ Fashion Touchdown fundraiser, Big Brothers/Big Sisters Building Big Awards, and a gala honoring Dionne Warwick.

I also teach violin, viola, and math to elementary-aged students in my small, private studio.

In the past, I have participated in the the Youth Chamber Orchestra in Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians and the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. I have performed nationally with the Perfect Fourth Quartet through the Sphinx Organization. After training with Project 440, I co-designed a classical music presentation and presented it to Philadelphia elementary school students. I have attended summer programs at Meadowmount, NYO2 (where I performed at Carnegie Hall), Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI), Luzerne Music Center, and the Sphinx Performance Academy in Chicago and Cleveland. Former teachers include Kerri Ryan, assistant principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Jean Louise Shook on violin.

I was selected to represent the United States at a two-week leadership program at the International School of Karuizawa in Japan with students from 30 different countries. I’ve also participated in the Kimmel Music Center’s Showstoppers musical theater program. In 2018, I was awarded a Legacy Exists scholarship from the children of boxing legend Joe Frazier for an essay I wrote about their father. I am a recipient of the Marian Anderson Award grant and a 2019 NAACP ACT-SO Gold level winner.

I am homeschooled and the majority of my coursework is through dual enrollment at Drexel University and my local community college.

I’m also tall. Very tall.

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