Ellen

Ellen Trainer – Candidate for President

 

During my college years at Temple in the 1990’s, I quickly learned about all the things I could expect from non-union jobs, which included terrible working conditions and poor compensation. My teacher, Leonard Mogill, a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra, taught me the importance of being a good chamber musician and colleague. He emphasized the importance of being a professional who listens, contributes, shares, respects, and takes pride in their work.

I have been a proud member of Local 77 for more than twenty-five years. Selected by my colleagues to represent them in contract negotiations, I have had the privilege of serving on orchestra committees for the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Opera Philadelphia and the Philly Pops. I have participated in multiple negotiation processes, which involved extensive communications with Executive Directors, Board Members, and Conductors. Through my committee experience, I have learned that musicians need strong voices, trustworthy allies and powerful advocacy from our union representatives. I want to be that voice, that ally, and that advocate for you.

As principal viola, my role is to lead by example, to provide direction in my section and to other members of the orchestra, and to inspire a desire to make beautiful music that is satisfying to the listener. The job of President has much of the same characteristics: to provide strong leadership and direction for the action of its members, and to establish short and long-term goals and strategies.

Those of you who have worked with me know my professionalism, my dedication to the organizations I am involved in, and my desire to improve the Arts in Philadelphia. As a long-term landlord and business owner, I have experience finding common ground among people of diverse backgrounds. I am very responsive to the needs of my clients and tenants and, as a result, have developed long-lasting relationships with those I serve.

It would be my honor to do the same with Local 77.  We, as musicians, come together for a common purpose every time we come to work. Our union should be a community that comes together for a common purpose, too.  It’s time that we come together for a new union — a fresh, new, modern union — that represents your best interests!  We have a slate that is energized and excited to serve you. With your help, we can work to revitalize the music scene in this incredible booming city, while ensuring fair workplace practices and fair wages for our musicians.

Ellen Trainer – Candidate for President

 

During my college years at Temple in the 1990’s, I quickly learned about all the things I could expect from non-union jobs, which included terrible working conditions and poor compensation. My teacher, Leonard Mogill, a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra, taught me the importance of being a good chamber musician and colleague. He emphasized the importance of being a professional who listens, contributes, shares, respects, and takes pride in their work.

I have been a proud member of Local 77 for more than twenty-five years. Selected by my colleagues to represent them in contract negotiations, I have had the privilege of serving on orchestra committees for the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Opera Philadelphia and the Philly Pops. I have participated in multiple negotiation processes, which involved extensive communications with Executive Directors, Board Members, and Conductors. Through my committee experience, I have learned that musicians need strong voices, trustworthy allies and powerful advocacy from our union representatives. I want to be that voice, that ally, and that advocate for you.

As principal viola, my role is to lead by example, to provide direction in my section and to other members of the orchestra, and to inspire a desire to make beautiful music that is satisfying to the listener. The job of President has much of the same characteristics: to provide strong leadership and direction for the action of its members, and to establish short and long-term goals and strategies.

Those of you who have worked with me know my professionalism, my dedication to the organizations I am involved in, and my desire to improve the Arts in Philadelphia. As a long-term landlord and business owner, I have experience finding common ground among people of diverse backgrounds. I am very responsive to the needs of my clients and tenants and, as a result, have developed long-lasting relationships with those I serve.

It would be my honor to do the same with Local 77.  We, as musicians, come together for a common purpose every time we come to work. Our union should be a community that comes together for a common purpose, too.  It’s time that we come together for a new union — a fresh, new, modern union — that represents your best interests!  We have a slate that is energized and excited to serve you. With your help, we can work to revitalize the music scene in this incredible booming city, while ensuring fair workplace practices and fair wages for our musicians.

 

Ellen Trainer, a native of Delaware County, grew up in a musical family.  Her father was a band and orchestra teacher in the Haverford School District as well as a church organist and dance band trombonist.  Her mother studied guitar with a degree in special education and music therapy.  Although Ellen started her musical studies on violin, she made a permanent transition to viola her senior year in High School.  She received her Undergraduate and Masters Degree in viola performance at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Ellen attended numerous festivals including: National Repertory Orchestra, The Grand Teton Music Festival, The New School Festival and Encore School for Strings.  During her studies, she worked with several prominent teachers, including, Leonard Mogill, Robert Vernon, Jascha Brodsky, Orland Cole, Helen Kwalwasser and Joseph de Pasquale.

Among Ellen’s accomplishments, she is principal viola in The Academy of Vocal Arts Orchestra and has been acting principal and section violist for The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.  She is also a member of the viola section for Opera Philadelphia, The Philly Pops, Orchestra 2001, as well as other small ensembles in the surrounding area.  Ellen has performed with Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras and a number of pop and rock artists.  She has toured as principal violist with the Star Wars Orchestra on their west coast tour.

Ellen is an active real estate investor and business owner.  In her spare time, she enjoys biking and kayaking in the Rehoboth Beach area with her wife, Sherri Eyer, a practicing attorney.

 

Ellen Trainer, a native of Delaware County, grew up in a musical family.  Her father was a band and orchestra teacher in the Haverford School District as well as a church organist and dance band trombonist.  Her mother studied guitar with a degree in special education and music therapy.  Although Ellen started her musical studies on violin, she made a permanent transition to viola her senior year in High School.  She received her Undergraduate and Masters Degree in viola performance at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Ellen attended numerous festivals including: National Repertory Orchestra, The Grand Teton Music Festival, The New School Festival and Encore School for Strings.  During her studies, she worked with several prominent teachers, including, Leonard Mogill, Robert Vernon, Jascha Brodsky, Orland Cole, Helen Kwalwasser and Joseph de Pasquale.

Among Ellen’s accomplishments, she is principal viola in The Academy of Vocal Arts Orchestra and has been acting principal and section violist for The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.  She is also a member of the viola section for Opera Philadelphia, The Philly Pops, Orchestra 2001, as well as other small ensembles in the surrounding area.  Ellen has performed with Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras and a number of pop and rock artists.  She has toured as principal violist with the Star Wars Orchestra on their west coast tour.

Ellen is an active real estate investor and business owner.  In her spare time, she enjoys biking and kayaking in the Rehoboth Beach area with her wife, Sherri Eyer, a practicing attorney.

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