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Ellen Gruber


Ellen assists and consults on all aspects of room acoustic design, planning, sound separation, and noise and vibration design for the performing arts.

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Ellen is a New York City-based acoustic consultant and oboist, currently studying Orchestral Performance at the Manhattan School of Music. She previously attended the Peabody Conservatory, where she obtained degrees in oboe performance, recording arts and sciences, and acoustics. As an oboist, Ellen has played in a variety of ensembles, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the MSM Symphony Orchestra, and the Peabody Symphony Orchestra. She has also attended several music festivals and masterclasses, including Interharmony Music Festival, Hidden Valley Music Seminar and Eastern Music Festival.

As an Acoustician, Ellen has worked at Charcoalblue as an intern in the summers of 2021 and 2022, and now works part-time as an Acoustic Consultant. In her spare time, Ellen loves to cook and bake, as well as play with her dog Henry.

What first sparked your love of theatre or performing arts?

Music has been a part of my life for a long time - I first started playing the piano when I was 6 and the oboe at 12 years old. I hadn't really known much about the theatre until I got to high school, where I played in the pit for musicals that we put on every spring. There was something that I found, both then and now, very rewarding about collaborating with vocalists and actors. As a musician, I always find it informative and eye-opening to work with people in different art forms - seeing how others express emotions and interact with each other in the performing arts and theatre has influenced my playing in many positive ways. It is a unique perspective to be able to work on performance venues where these interactions and collaborations thrive, and I feel extremely privileged to do so!

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