Anna Andrews, violin

Ellen Hacker, viola

Hilary James, cello


When you contact the Watercress Trio, Ellen will be the one to respond. It is important to us to get to know each client in an effort to provide the perfect music to accompany the event, and email/phone consultations are no additional charge. Let’s get in touch!


Since we first met in 2009, we have played hundreds of gigs and have experience performing for a variety of events. We are adaptable, professional, and friendly. 


Our greatest strength is our versatility. We each pursue separate musical careers outside of the Watercress Trio, which makes us a stronger ensemble when we come back together to play. Read below to learn more about our backgrounds, experiences, and hobbies.

violin headshotViolinist Anna Andrews received her Bachelor of Music in violin performance from St. Olaf College in 2010 and two Suzuki teacher certifications in 2018. For over a decade, she’s built a private violin & viola teaching studio and a unique freelance career in the Twin Cities. An energetic and passionate performer, Anna has played with various orchestras including the South Dakota Symphony, Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Symphony Orchestra, Lirica Chamber Ensemble and the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. Anna’s musical tastes are varied and have led her to play in many eclectic groups and locations including the Bloomington Civic Theater, Good Diction, the Jolly Groggers, Tommy Wesley & the Entourage, Theater for the Thirsty, the Minnesota Jewish Theater and countless places of worship. Anna lives in Minneapolis with her husband, daughter and cat and when not teaching and playing music enjoys baking, outdoor adventures, small coffee shops and chasing her 2 year old at Minneapolis parks.

Ellen Hacker Music, Block Portrait Studios-3Ellen Hacker (violin, viola) is a freelance musician & educator in the Twin Cities Metro area. She is currently on faculty at the St. Paul Conservatory of Music and maintains a private violin & viola studio in the Mac-Groveland St. Paul neighborhood. Learn more at

Her musical career includes performances with Artistry Theater, Theater Latte Da, Old Log Theater, Yellow Tree Theater, the Apollo Club, and Michael Bublé.

A graduate of St. Olaf College, she studied violin, viola & piano and received a Bachelor of Music degree in Instrumental Music Education. In May 2021, she received her Master’s in Violin Performance & String Pedagogy at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

You can often find her at the Minnehaha Dog Park with her opinionated sheltie, Leo.

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Hilary James (cello) is a freelance musician & teacher in the Twin Cities Metro area. She loves playing, improvising, composing, recording and arranging a wide range of music from classical to experimental sound art to punk rock.  As a performer, she is the cellist and founding member of the Watercress Trio, principal cellist of the St. Andrew’s Chamber Orchestra, and spent 5 months playing in the Mediterranean with the Ulysses Trio.  When she’s not teaching cello at her home studio, Hilary, tours with various indie rock bands around the country. A graduate of St. Olaf College, she studied cello & piano and received a Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance.