Dr. Ellen Weller joined the Palomar Performing Arts Department in 2005, where she teaches classes in music theory, ear-training and music literature and directs the Palomar Symphony Orchestra. She earned her B.A. and M.A. in Music Composition from Queens College of the City University of New York, and completed her PhD studies at UCSD. She has studied conducting with Peter Jaffe, Donald Portnoy, David Chase, Martin Canellakis, Harvey Sollberger, and Kenneth Bell. She was an invited Fellow at the 2012 Conductors Institute of South Carolina, and recently appeared as guest conductor with the Poway Symphonette. A pianist and multi-winds performer, Weller has two CDs on the Circumvention label: Spirits, Little Dreams and Improvisations (2004) and Point of Contact (2008). Her compositions include works for solo piano, flute, voice, and chamber ensembles, some exploring improvisation and graphic notation, and have been performed in New York, Detroit, San Diego and Los Angeles. Recent works include Prior’s Waltz for orchestra, 1918: for two pianos and community, incidental music to Angels in America and Pine Apple Rag for piano soloist and orchestra. Websites: www.wellermusic.com and http://www2.palomar.edu/users/eweller/.