Southern California Flute Day 2017
Co-Sponsored by the Los Angeles Flute Guild and the Orange County School of the Arts
Featuring guest artists:
Masterclasses, Flute Choir Reading Session, and Recital featuring guest artists! Flutacious, the West Coast Flute and Specialty Shop, will also be on display!
Open to all ages!
Elise studied with Amy Porter at the University of Michigan (B.M.) and Robert Langevin at Manhattan School of Music (M.M.). Her other teachers include Pamela Hackney and Nadine Asin.
Henry has participated in the Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, and Atlantic Music Festival. She has performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic.
In addition to her classical music performances, she plays other genres, such as Brazilian popular, Irish folk, and classical Hindustani.
A versatile flutist and piccoloist, Erica Peel enjoys an exciting career as an orchestral player, chamber musician, soloist, composer and teacher. Currently Piccoloist of the San Diego Symphony, she is praised for her effortless performances which expertly maneuver from the strictly classical to rock and roll, and everywhere in between, while maintaining an authenticity and approachability that is rare.
Erica began her orchestral career as Principal Flute of the Debut Orchestra in Los Angeles at the age of 21, where the exacting standards demanded of the orchestral world influenced her sound and work ethic. She went on to hold positions with the Honolulu Symphony, Des Moines Symphony, Lincoln Symphony and Omaha Symphony, and has most notably performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Houston Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra. She is also a member of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in Idaho.
Celebrated for her fearless and innovative approach to music making, Erica has found a truly unique voice outside of the classical world. “It is important to me that my performances strike a balance between precision, musical thoughtfulness and excitement. Most of all, I want to make an audience feel.” As a founding member and composer of the internationally recognized pop-fusion flute duo In Sterio, Erica has discovered a passion for composition that draws influences from rock, folk, funk, latin, world, electro and jazz styles. Performing in these genres has empowered a sense of freedom in her playing and has lead her to produce concerts for thousands of people across the country. With In Sterio, she has released two albums of her works, “Frequency” and “Awake”, available on iTunes.
Classically, Erica has been a soloist with the Omaha Symphony performing the Vivaldi Piccolo Concerto in C Major and has been a first place prizewinner in several competitions including the National Flute Association’s Orchestral Audition Competition, the Florida Flute Association’s Young Artist competition and the Flute Society of Kentucky’s Young Artist Competition.
Janelle Barrera brings a myriad of skills to the Flute. Janelle has been an active and highly sought after private instructor, clinician, and freelance musician for the past 19 years. She has performed throughout the United States and internationally in Taiwan and Mexico.
Janelle’s mission is to promote music education and share her love and passion for the art of flute performance amongst all ages. She is constantly looking for new ways to provide special opportunities for her students and fellow flute enthusiasts. Janelle is the current President of the Los Angeles Flute Guild and founder of the Los Angeles Flute Guild’s “Flüt Än-säm-bəl”. Through her teaching and working with various flute ensembles, she is well known for her conducting skills and vast knowledge of the flute choir repertoire.
As well as maintaining a large private studio at home, Janelle serves on the faculty of the Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana and the Savanna High School Band and Colorguard in Anaheim. She has helped build and maintain several strong flute programs throughout Southern California from and inspired many young flutists to continue playing beyond their high school years.
As a versatile performer, Janelle brings a unique quality and beauty to any ensemble she has the pleasure of working with. She has been the Principal Flute of the Southern California Philharmonic since 2009 and was most recently invited to play with the Hawaii Symphony in Honolulu. Janelle is a member of the ALLOY Wind Duo with her husband and saxophonist, James Barrera. Janelle has participated in music competitions including the Coleman Chamber Music Competition, Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, and the San Diego Flute Guild’s Artist Gold Solo Competition.
Wendy Caldwell, a native of Canada, graduated with her Bachelor in Music in Piano Performance from Acadia University in Nova Scotia, receiving the Birks Medal in Music as the top graduate. She went on to study at the University of Toronto where she obtained her Artist Diploma.
Ms. Caldwell has coached and taught at Acadia University, University of Illinois at Chicago, California State University at Long Beach, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena City College, and is a vocal coach for the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus. Currently she is a staff accompanist/coach at both CSULB and PCC, as well as a very busy freelance accompanist in the Los Angeles area, performing regularly in recital with both student and professional musicians.
She has been a principal coach/accompanist and music director with PCC Opera for over 10 years, collaborating with them on many major productions including “Gianni Schicchi”, “Suor Angelica”, “Le Nozze di Figaro”, “Die Fledermaus” ,“The Magic Flute”, and “Dido and Aeneas”.