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Arts & Artists

New Hampshire Artist Roster

Ellen Carlson


Ellen Carlsonís twin passions are fiddle music and mathematics. Ellen has been playing, recording and teaching fiddle music for 30 years, and is a New Hampshire-certified middle school math teacher with 15 yearsí classroom experience. She holds a Masterís Degree in Education, and has taught a variety of subjects to first-graders, college students, and every level in-between. Ellen plays with great joy and proficiency across a variety of musical styles. She has performed with the swing trio Sweet, Hot & Sassy; with the award-winning country band the Blue Hill Kickers, and the high-energy acoustic roots band High Range. She also plays for square dances and in bluegrass, old-timey, and rock bands. Ellenís programs focus on integrating music and mathematics, and explore the rich intersections of music and history.

Programs offered: Programs offered: Square Roots and Eight-Hands-Round, a long-term, integrated program on folk music, fiddling, square dancing, quilting, social studies and mathematics for first-to-eighth grade; Will the Circle Be Unbroken, a History of Women in Traditional Music, and Battle Cry of Freedom, Music from the Civil War for middle/high school students Ė also great for Civil War re-enactments; and Fiddling Styles and Folk Music as a Participatory Style, which highlights diverse fiddling styles, dancing, singing, hamboning and hand-clapping games for all ages. Ellenís programs often include other performers to accompany her high-energy fiddling and vocals. All programs meet requirements for New Hampshire curriculum frameworks.

Populations served: All

Availability: statewide, year round

Fees: Fees start at $250 but vary depending on program. Individual Residencies: $300 - $350/day plus travel and accommodations, if necessary. Other performance fees depend on number of performers, time and travel. Contact artist for other fees.

Contact Information:
22 Case Rd
Nottingham, NH 03290
Phone: 603/661-1981


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