Ellen Torrie is an Ontario-born soprano, singer-songwriter, instrumentalist, and performance curator living in Montreal. Since 2020, they have been lead soprano at Montreal’s Christ Church Cathedral and perform regularly with various ensembles in the city and across Canada. They received their master’s degree in Early music vocal performance at McGill University under the tutelage of Dominique Labelle in 2022 and last summer, they were featured as inaugural Emerging Artist of Early Music Vancouver’s Bach Fest alongside Marie Nadeau-Tremblay.
Ellen received their Bachelor of Music Therapy at Acadia University in 2018. While there, they appeared frequently as a soloist with local ensembles and was lead soprano of the Manning Chapel Choir from 2014-2018. In 2017, Ellen was awarded the Canadian Federation of University Women scholarship which funded their participation in Accademia Europea Dell’Opera in Lucca, Italy, where they played Oberto in Handel’s Alcina. Ellen is currently exploring the practice of self- accompanying early music on baroque guitar. As a queer non-binary artist, Ellen is guided by the knowledge of their queer elders and ancestors in the research and performance of radically inclusive stories as they continue to develop musical languages to explore that which is most richly human.