The Ellis Music Academy gives students the opportunity to study music with a private instructor during the school year before school or between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Lessons are also available during the summer.
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Music Teacher; Assembly Coordinator, LS; Director of EMA
Bill Davidson is often praised for his refined musicianship as both a classical and jazz pianist. He has performed with Grammy-Award winning artists, The New York Voices and Paquito D’Rivera and in venues such as Lincoln Center, the Aronoff Theatre, and the Kennedy Center. In 2014, he was invited to perform in the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. He has received many awards for his musicianship, most notably including the Guy D. & Mary Edith Halladay Music Scholarship and prize-winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Competition. In masterclasses and private lessons, he has studied under world-renowned pianists, Fred Hersch, Nikolai Lugansky, Barry Douglas, and Byron Janis. Davidson holds a Bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University where he studied under Silvia Roederer and a Master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University where he studied under Sergey Schepkin.
Jeremy joined The Ellis School as guitar instructor in 2005. Fluent in both jazz and classical repertoire, he has performed in diverse musical settings ranging from gypsy jazz to country blues, from classic funk and soul to big band swing. Since 2008 he has narrowed the field of his performance endeavors to his own pair of jazz ensembles, the Jeremy Fisher Trio and the Jeremy Fisher Organ Trio. Both ensembles perform regularly on the local jazz scene. The former draws from the guitar, piano, and double bass format in the tradition of the King Cole Trio and the Oscar Peterson Trio to perform classic jazz and material from the Great American Songbook. The latter highlights the great guitar, Hammond organ, and drums trios of 1955-1965 and their bluesy hard bop and soul jazz. The website www.jeremyfisherjazz.com is dedicated to these performance and recording endeavors. Jeremy has also served as music director for a local church since the spring of 2005. His educational credits include a BA in Music from West Virginia Wesleyan and an MA from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
New for the 2014-2015 school year, along with seven of his guitar students, Fisher inaugurated The Ellis School Middle School Guitar Ensemble. In addition to directing and teaching duties, he also produced his own original musical arrangements for the ensemble's performances. These original arrangements serve to highlight the skills, interests, and abilities of the group and its members. The guitar ensemble proved itself to be terrifically rewarding and fun for everyone involved. The group has increased its numbers for the 2015-2016 school year, and Fisher looks forward to another exciting year for the guitar program at Ellis.
Elisa is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s degree in music education. During her time at IUP, Elisa was a member of the Wind Ensemble, the Symphony Orchestra (French horn), and the IUP Marching Band. Prior to Ellis, Elisa shared her passion for music with students as the director of the concert band, middle and high school jazz ensembles, and high school show choir in the Burrell School District. She is also actively involved as a staff member for both high school and collegiate marching bands in the area as a music, marching, and color guard instructor.
Junyi "Jimmy" Liu graduated in 2011 from Carnegie Mellon University with a Masters of Music in Piano Performance. He also received his Bachelors in Piano Performance from CMU in 2009 with University Honors. In addition to being at Ellis, Jimmy also teaches piano at Carnegie Mellon's Preparatory School and is the musical director and pianist of Epworth United Methodist Church. He is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society.
Amy Lindsey has worked as a music teacher and performer in the U.S. and Europe for over 15 years. She returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh in 2007 after last creating educational workshops for shows including Wicked, Billy Elliot and Chicago in London's West End. Amy holds a B.S. in Music Education from Duquesne University and an M.A. in Arts Administration & Cultural Policy from Goldsmiths College - University of London (UK). She currently teaches voice and piano to students of all ages and runs the special event company, Joel Lindsey Entertainment, with her husband.