Title: Musician and Writer
Location: Sudbury, Massachusetts, United States
Ellen Rettew Given, Musician and Writer at Brandeis University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music performance and education.
A distinguished educator and flutist, Ms. Given believes her enchantment with nature in her youth led her to find self-expression via music. In 1968, she received a BMus in flute from the notable Philadelphia Musical Academy, and that same year she commenced her performance career with the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Orchestra in Halifax, Canada playing the flute and piccolo. She has also played the flute and piccolo for the U.S. National Broadway Tour of Pirates of Penzance. She is the flutist, founder and manager of Trio Desjardins. Turning to the world of music education, Ms. Given served as an instructor of flute at Wellesley Schools in Massachusetts from 1969 to 1976, and she also maintains a private flute studio in Sudbury, Massachusetts. Additionally, she was a flute instructor with All Newton Music School from 1988 to 2013 and at Brandeis University from 1994 to 1996.
For her incredible talent and profound work, Ms. Given has received numerous recognitions and accolades for her work. In 2007, she was the recipient of the Congressional Medal of Excellence from IBC in Cambridge, England, named Vice President of the Recognition Board of the World Congress of Arts, Sciences and Communications and was granted the Da Vinci Diamond for Artistic Expression in Music and Words. Additionally, in 2005, she was named to the Top 100 Musicians by the International Biographical Centre, and in 2004 was the recipient of the International Peace Prize by the United Cultural Convention. Ms. Given is a member of WGBH, the Academy of American Poets, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Southern Poverty Law Center and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. To attest to her legacy, Ms. Given can also be found in the 54th edition of Who’s Who in America, the 27th and 28th editions of Who’s Who in the East, the 17th and 20th editions of Who’s Who in the World and the 22nd and 23rd editions of Who’s Who of American Women.
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