A native from Alberta, Canada, Ellie Anderson is a graduate from the University of Alberta where she completed Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees. Anderson began her teaching career at Onoway Jr/Sr High School the following fall. Under her direction, the band program was an active participant in provincial festivals and regularly hosted workshops with notable guest conductors and composers including Dale Lonis (Music Mentors International), Robert Taylor (University of British Columbia), Robert Ambrose (Georgia State University), and Peter Meechan (composer). In 2015, the band received the “Most Inspiring Performance Award” at the Kiwanis Music Festival, and in 2016, the Band received the “Adjudicators Choice Award” at the Alberta International Band Festival in Edmonton, Alberta.
In 2014, Anderson was the division recipient of the Edwin Parr Teacher Award, given to exceptional first year teachers in any field. In 2017, the Alberta Band Association awarded her the Keith Mann Young Band Director Award which recognizes outstanding band directors with less than six years of experience.
In addition to her classroom teaching, Anderson has been actively involved with the Red Deer Royals Marching Band since 2003, initially as a member and in 2013 as a staff member. While Anderson was Visual Director, The Royals received a Gold Medal at the World Music Contest in Kerkrade, The Netherlands in 2017, and a Gold Medal at the World Association of Marching Showbands in 2019 in Calgary, Alberta.
Anderson is currently pursuing the Master of Music in Wind Band Conducting degree at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia where she is a student of Robert Ambrose, Chester Phillips, and T. Devin Reid.