Ellie Choate began harp lessons while in the fifth grade, having already played the piano for three years. It wasn’t until she completed a bachelor’s degree in piano (CSU Fresno with pianist and mentor Dr. Bob Bennett) that she had the opportunity to study with Marjorie Call in Studio City, California. These lessons were transformative; Miss Call’s influence opened the door to a vastly expanded understanding of the harp.
Ellie received her Master of Arts in Harp Performance from CSU Long Beach under Marjorie’s guidance and began her career in Southern California. Her life as a professional harpist was a dream come true.
In the years hence, Ellie’s musical versatility has afforded her the opportunity to touch virtually every area of music making. She is as likely to be found in the opera or symphony orchestra as on stage with show orchestras backing headline artists. She has worked behind the scenes on the musical scores of many motion pictures and other recordings, but has also appeared on camera for movies and television shows. Ellie performs for all kinds of events in many locations in Southern California; from Orange County to Los Angels County, from San Diego to Palm Springs to Santa Barbara; for celebrity-studded high-profile occasions to intimate weddings and dinner parties. Life with the harp is never boring.