Meet Our Musicians
A native North Carolinian, Ellen Ferdon has been a section violist with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra since 1984. She is also currently a member of Carolina Strings. Previously, Ellen played with the Piedmont Chamber Symphony; the Winston-Salem, Greensboro and North Carolina Symphonies; and spent summers playing at the Aspen Music Festival and the International Music Program. She has also played baroque viola with Ensemble Vita Nova. Ellen received her Bachelor of Music degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston Salem and studied with Sally Peck. She also attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for a year before transferring. Some of her favorite pieces performed with the Charlotte Symphony include collaborations the Orchestra has done with the North Carolina Dance Theater and the Charlotte Repertory Theater, such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, and Carmina Burana. In her spare time, Ellen enjoys yoga and beading as well as “Food TV” and “Lost.” She is also married to Jeff Ferdon, who is a bass player with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. They have one son, Alden.