Robbie Ellis joined the WFMT team as a part-time presenter in 2015, and started full-time in 2020 as the producer and presenter of Introductions. You can also hear him on air on Sunday afternoons. He’s fronted a variety of broadcasts and events for WFMT, including hosting Classical Cabaret from the piano. Originally from Auckland, New Zealand, he studied Composition at the University of Auckland and started in classical music radio at RNZ Concert. He’s been a teaching artist with The Second City, Chicago Opera Theater, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; and he’s composed and MC’d musical comedy concerts for the Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago and Fourth Coast Ensemble. He is a music director for comedy theater, works as an event MC around town, and performs his comedy songs from the piano.