Born in Wellington, Ellen Barrett studied singing with Maxwell Fernie while attending Victoria University. Since moving to the Kapiti Coast she has been in demand for concert, oratorio and recital work. She also maintains a busy teaching schedule.
Her skills as accompanist, and in particular as rehearsal pianist, are also keenly sought by various groups on the Coast and her sensitivity and support are much valued by the Kapiti Chorale.
Recent engagements include Mozart's Requiem, Haydn's Nelson Mass and Bach's St John Passion. Kapiti audiences recently heard her singing in Mozart's Coronation Mass with the Kapiti Chorale in May 2008 and again in Pergolesi's Sancta Mater from Stabat Mater at their Silver Jubilee Concert in November 2008.