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Peirce Ellis, violist

Pierce Ellis, violist


During the summer of 2016, Peirce was selected to represent the United States as one of 80 middle school students from around the world at a two-week leadership program at the International School of Karuizawa in Japan. He is an alumnus of Schoolyard Ventures, a program that trains middle and high school students to develop their own entrepreneurial ideas. He studies Mandarin with a tutor at the University of Pennsylvania and looks forward to the day he can speak the language fluently. He is in eighth grade.

Peirce is a member of the Trowbridge Orchestra at Settlement and plays in a string chamber trio. At Settlement, he was a member of The Sounds of Young Philadelphia, funded by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, and performed at local schools, libraries, and events throughout the community. Through a partnership with Settlement and Project 440, Peirce conducted Q&A sessions for local elementary school students.. Peirce has played viola with the Delaware County Youth Orchestra and violin with the Baroque Orchestra at Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians and in PRYSM Young Artists. He studied viola and violin at Luzerne Music Center during the summers of 2014 and 2015. 

Peirce began his violin studies at the age of three at Settlement Music School in Philadelphia. Now 13, he studies viola with Kerri Ryan, assistant principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. During the summer of 2016, he was honored to be selected as a participant in the Sphinx Performance Academy in Chicago.