University Relations and Communications

Piano performance major presents senior recital

February 25, 2011



Department of Music, 657-2350
Dan Carter, University Relations, 657-2269


MSU BILLINGS NEWS SERVICES — Katie Ellis, a piano performance major at Montana State University Billings, will be presenting her Senior Recital on Saturday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Cisel Recital Hall on the MSU Billings main campus. The recital is free and open to the public.

photo of Katie Ellis

The daughter of Jerry and Kathy Ellis of Billings, Ellis comes from a family of seven brothers and sisters. She began her college education at age 15, through the University Connections Program under the tutelage of MSU Billings professor Dorothea Cromley. The University Connections Program provides high school students with access to college courses for $100 per credit and gives them a jump start on their college career.


She has performed piano solos at numerous student recitals, church and community events, weddings and other functions throughout the community. Her former teachers include Trudy Poirier, Charlene Waddingham and In-Sun Lee. Ellis also teaches private piano lessons with a studio of 16 students. She has also been on the dean’s list throughout her college career.


She said her love and passion for music is best expressed by J.S Bach: “The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.”


Ellis will be performing works by Beethoven, Bartok, Ravel and Rachmaninoff at her recital.


For more information about the recital or other programs, contact the Department of Music at 657-2350.