Ellen Schinnerer Deffner, Accompanist, began to specialize in piano accompaniment in London, where she was a student at the Guildhall School of Music. She subsequently became a professor at the Guildhall. Since returning to the USA, she has been on the faculties of UC Santa Barbara, Reed College, and the University of Portland. Deffner’s broadcast performances have included appearances on British and French television, as well as Minnesota Public Radio. She is also a member of the Sacramento Baroque Soloists.