T.D. Ellis

About Me


T.D. ELLIS
. . . has been principal bassoon of the Ridgefield Symphony since 1991 and became the personnel manager in 2001.  He is also principal bassoon and personnel manager of the Wallingford Symphony and the Bermuda Philharmonic, and the personnel manager of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony.  Mr. Ellis plays bassoon and contrabassoon with the Greenwich Symphony and may often be heard with other orchestras throughout New York and Connecticut.  He has appeared as a soloist with the Ridgefield Symphony, Chappaqua Chamber Orchestra and Western CT Youth Orchestra.  T.D. is a founding member of Bassoonery, a bassoon quartet; has performed with the Quintet of the Americas and was a guest-artist-in-residence at Sarah Lawrence College.  He has played off-Broadway with the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players and the Jewish Repertory Theater, and has been principal bassoon for the Ives Festival Orchestra, the Tamworth (NH) Music Festival, and the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival in Deep Creek, Maryland.  

Mr. Ellis is the artistic director of the Keeler Tavern Museum Chamber Music Series in Ridgefield, and was the founder and artistic director of the Ridgefield Symphony’s summer concert series at Lasdon Park in Katonah, NY.   He received his musical education at the Hartt School of Music and the State University of New York at Purchase.  

In his spare time he owns and operates The Music Source, an online music store (www.TheMusicSource.org), with over 48,000 titles in stock, as well as unique music gifts and supplies.  T.D. Ellis Music Publishing publishes the works of Anthony Newman and other composers, as well as arrangements by Mr. Ellis.  Working as a music copyist, he has typeset scores for musicians worldwide, including Tony Bennett, Elton John, Celine Dion, Wynton Marsalis, Yo Yo Ma, Luciano Pavarotti, Vanessa Williams, Michael MacDonald, David Sanborn, the Boston Pops, National Symphony,  Rob Mathes, the Grammy Awards, Kennedy Center Honors, Piglet’s Big Movie, Inauguration of Barack Obama, and others.  Mr. Ellis was born in Hollywood, Florida, grew up in West Hartford, CT and currently lives in Waterbury, CT.