Peirce Ellis

BIRTHDAY: May 2003 (Age 16)

PHONE: (267) 538-0339


CITY: Philadelphia, PA


Peirce Ellis

I am a violist and have performed at the White House and in Iceland, Miami, Chicago, New York, and California. I am a violist at Juilliard Pre-College and 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. I am a student of Toby Appel. Former teachers include Kerri Ryan, assistant principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

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 and I am an alumnus of Schoolyard Ventures, a program that trains middle and high school students to develop their own entrepreneurial ideas. 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 a 16-year-old homeschooled, eleventh-grade student dually enrolled in courses at Drexel University and my local community college.

I’m also tall. Very tall.




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— Favorite subject: Math —


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