Get to Know...Ellen Johnson Mosley
Q&A with Ellen…
What about new music for the flute appeals to you?
Supporting composers through FNMC is a fantastic opportunity to build our repertoire. As a flutist who has dabbled in composing myself, I believe it's critical to do something new and unique in order or us to fully develop creatively as performing artists. Dancers choreograph. I've always been baffled as to why classical musicians aren't required to compose, but it's been like that for a very long time. Performing new music on the flute is essential for our art form to develop and live in the present world, and I think new flute music is embracing and honoring the audience's experience more and more.
Who is/are your favorite “new music” composer/s and why?
I'm fascinated by the possibilities that working with electronic media brings to our instrument and to our repertoire. I still have a lot to learn about in this arena. But, performing Road to Hana by Rob Deemer and hearing works for flute by Ian Dicke have inspired me to develop this side of my performance. I'm hoping to put together a recital devoted to exploring works with electronic and/or prerecorded sounds in the next 12 months.
When did you join FNMC and what attracted you to the organization?
I joined the FNMC as a commissioning member because we seek out some of the best and brightest living composers to engage in writing new works for flute. By pooling our resources, we can partner with composers with great name recognition and expand the repertoire more quickly across the globe.
More About Ellen…
Dr. Ellen Johnson Mosley is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Music/Flute at Morehead State University and Principal Flutist in the Cave Run Symphony. She performs across the country with the Baird Winds, Traverso Colore Baroque Ensemble, and the Tornado Alley Flutes. Dr. Mosley served as Principal Flutist of the Delano Chamber Orchestra for five seasons and has performed as a concerto soloist with the Delano Chamber Orchestra and the Concordia University Symphony. She is an active adjudicator and presenter at National Flute Association (NFA) conventions, member of the NFA Development Committee, commissioning member of the Flute New Music Consortium, and recipient of the Gunstream community engagement grant from the College Music Society. Schools that have welcomed her as a Guest Artist/Clinician include Emporia State University, Stephen F. Austin State University, Kansas State University, and the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Mosley has served as President of the Austin Flute Society, Chair of the Career and Artistic Development Committee for the National Flute Association, and Coordinator of Education and Manager of the Youth Orchestras Program for the Wichita Symphony. Dr. Mosley holds flute performance degrees from Florida State University (D.M.), the University of Texas at Austin (M.M.) and Wichita State University (B.M.). Her teachers include Eva Amsler, Marianne Gedigian, and Frances Shelly.