Ellen Pendleton


Ellen Pendleton, member of the first violin section since 1991
What will the Baltimore Symphony leave behind in its next 100 years?
I hope to see the BSO as a catalyst in the rebirth of Baltimore as a destination city. I envision a legacy of symphonic music played at the highest level for all people, by musicians who passionately love and respect the art form.
Who or what inspires you?
People who do whatever they can for others. Those who take chances that force them out of their comfort zones.
If you had to do something other than be a Baltimore Symphony Musician, what would you do for a living?
I would love to try my hand at theater.
Where is your favorite get-away spot?
Ironically, two very different getaway places; the central coast of California (for hiking and wine-tasting,) and the island of St. Martin, B.V.I. (for doing nothing at all but reading under an umbrella on the beach.)
Where would people be surprised to find you?
Covered in dirt and sweat, digging, planting and weeding in my vegetable garden. I'd also love to skydive again.
What piece of music do you feel like was written for you?
Brahms 4th, The Pines of Rome, the Barber Violin Concerto, the slow mvt. to Mozart's Clarinet Concerto....too many pieces to mention!
What or who influenced you to be a professional musician?
Arthur Tabachnick, my violin teacher from the age of 14 through my studies at Juilliard. Observing the care with which he taught and performed, I realized that great musicians have a duty to communicate the beauty of our art form.
What do you like to do with your ”me time”?
If I'm not spending time with my family, I love to read, go for a run or work in my garden.
How do you give back to our community?
I have volunteered at my all my daughter's schools, I'm also an active member of Second Presbyterian Church, where I have served on a committee to address at-risk youth in Baltimore city.