Dr. Ellen Johnson Mosley is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Music - Flute at Morehead State University and Principal Flutist in the Cave Run Symphony. Throughout the year Ellen performs across the United States with ensembles including the Baird Winds, Delano Chamber Orchestra, Salina Symphony, Tornado Alley Flutes, Traverso Colore Baroque, and the Jack Korbel Confluence. Schools that have welcomed her as a Guest Artist/Clinician include Emporia State University, Stephen F. Austin State University, Kansas State University, and the University of Texas at Austin. She regularly performs and presents workshops at College Music Society Conferences, the Florida Flute Convention, and the National Flute Convention. Several of her interviews with the National Flute Association's Young Artist Competition Winners have been published in the Flutist Quarterly. Dr. Mosley previously served on the music faculty at Butler Community College in El Dorado, KS and Concordia University in Austin, TX. She holds degrees from Florida State University (D.M.), the University of Texas at Austin (M.M.) and Wichita State University (B.M.).
Community Engagement and Outreach opportunities have inspired Ellen to serve in a variety of settings. She is currently a board member of the Flute Society of Kentucky and member of the Development Committee for the National Flute Association. She has also served as the Manager for the Wichita Symphony Youth Orchestras Program and board member for the Austin Flute Society, George B. Tack Memorial Flute Committee and Delano Chamber Players in Wichita, KS. She served as President of the Austin Flute Society (2010-2011) and Chair of the Career and Artistic Development Committee (2011-2016) for the National Flute Association. Dr. Mosley founded the Concordia Community Music Academy in Austin, TX and is a recipient of the College Music Society's Community Engagement Seed Grant. Her work in developing the Summer Flute Ensemble Initiative – a two-week program bringing chamber ensemble opportunities to young flutists - has served as an outreach model for music programs seeking to bridge the gap between higher education and local communities. She volunteers with non-profit music organizations and has collaborated on events benefiting organizations as diverse as Be Kind to Cyclists, HopeArts, Symphony of the Soul, and Wheelchairs for Iraqi Kids.
As a contemporary music enthusiast, Ellen has premiered works by Robert Raines and Rob Deemer at the National Flute Convention and led the Flute Association at Florida State University to commission Deemer's flute ensemble work, A Cadmium Moon Under a Pthalo Sky, which he dedicated to her. She is also a commissioning member of the Flute New Music Consortium - a nonprofit working to premiere and commission new works by living composers. This March she looks forward to participating in the Flute New Music Consortium's premiere weekend of Carter Pann's new work for flute and piano.
Dr. Mosley's doctoral treatise, Flute Performance Practice in the United States (1870-1900): An Exploration of the Repertoire and Writings of American Flutists Sidney Lanier and Henry Clay Wysham, has been made available online by Florida State University. Her flute teachers include Eva Amsler, Marianne Gedigian, Karl Kraber, and Frances Shelly. She has also studied music composition with Katherine Murdock and jazz improvisation with Dennis Wilson.