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Ellen Burr

Yamaha Performing Artist Ellen Burr's multi-faceted career has won her worldwide acclaim in performance, teaching, improvisation and composition. Since 1975 Ellen has soloed with orchestras throughout the United States, premiered many new works by contemporary classical composers, and has composed for films, television and radio shows, chamber music, dance, theater and opera. She has been featured on numerous local and global music festivals, concert series and was a guest artist at the 2009 Poto Music and Art Festival, University of Mary Washington in 2008, Wichita State University's 2006 Contemporary Music Festival, the 2003 Vancouver Jazz Festival and the 2002 Las Vegas New Music Festival. She also performs regularly with Adam Rudolph's Go: Organic Orchestra and her own improvisation troupe the LA Collective, and will present a paper at the 2011 International Society for Improvising Musicians (ISIM) convention.

Ellen is featured on more than twenty CDs spanning eighteen years, in styles as diverse as experimental classical and Celtic folk, including Duos, a CD of her own compositions and improvisations with various musicians released in 2006. She is a member of ASCAP, American Composers Forum, American Music Center, Music Teachers' Association of California (MTAC), the National Flute Association and is a Smart Music Clinician.

She earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance from Wichita State University, a Master of Fine Arts degree in Music Composition from California Institute of the Arts and the Certificat de Stage after studying with Jean-Pierre Rampal at the Academie Internationale D'Ete in France. Ellen has been a contributing editor to Flute Talk magazine and is a new music reviewer for the Australian ezine Flute Focus. She writes and publishes compositions and method books under her own EClectic Buzz label.

Ellen is currently conductor of the Los Angeles Flute Orchestra and the LA Collective. For the 2010-2011 school year, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Theory at Wichita State University, teaching classes in music theory, composition and music appreciation.

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Jonna Carter

Jonna Carter studied flute at the University of Colorado-Boulder with Karen Yonovitz and Rod Garnett where she obtained degrees in flute performance and psychology. In addition to being a co-founder, treasurer and member of the Los Angeles Flute Orchestra, she also performs in other chamber groups and symphonies around the L.A. area and has many studio credits on various commercial recording projects. She is a member of the Celtic Arts Society, the Greater Los Angeles Flute Society and the National Flute Association.

Paulie Inslee Davis

Paulie Inslee Davis received a B.A. in music from the University of Southern California and did post-graduate work at the University of Oregon at Portland, Oregon. She studied with Louise DiTullio and Roger Stevens, as well as current coaching with Frederick Staff, David Shostac and Sarah Jackson. Paulie is principal flute with the Grace Community Church Orchestra and the various small ensembles there, is a member of Pipe Dream Flutes (formerly Flauto Badinage), the Back Room Quartet, and the Kensington Woodwind Quintet. Ms. Davis has also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Civic Light Opera, Topanga Symphony, Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra, Moorpark Symphony, Pacific Palisades Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony and the Song of Angels Flute Orchestra. She has also played many musicals, including Pirates of Penzance (Ahmanson Theatre and a year on the National Tour, plus numerous other venues), Man of La Mancha, King and I, Bells are Ringing, Annie Get Your Gun, Brigadoon and Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Ahmanson Theatre).

Katrina Hauser

Katrina Hauser began studying music at the Saturday Conservatory of Music. She received a Bachelor's degree in flute performance from the University of the Pacific, in Stockton, CA and a Master's degree in performance from the University of Southern California. She also studied briefly at Boston University. Her teachers include Roland Moritz, Shirley Dominik, Leone Buyse, Roger Stevens and James Walker. In addition to the LA Flute Orchestra, Katrina performs with Opera A La Carte, Flauto Badinage, La Folia Chamber ensemble and various other performing ensembles in the Los Angeles area. Katrina is a member of the Greater Los Angeles Flute Society and the National Flute Association.

David Lamont

David Lamont is a native Angeleno. He started piano at four, flute at eight, going on to receive a B.A. from UCLA in flute performance where he studied with Sheridon Stokes. He went on to earn an M.A. in Musicology from Cal State, Northridge. Subsequent teachers include James Newton, Charlie Shoemake, Ira Shulman, Bill Greene and Mark Carlson. He has participated in master classes with Eddie Daniels and the late Julius Hemphill (World Saxophone Quartet). David has recorded the Claude Bolling Suite For Flute and Jazz Piano, and has been a member of The Escovedo Project, featured on their recently released CD and video. Other recordings include film, television and radio. David has composed for short film and radio and will be scoring his first feature film later this year. He performs regularly with various chamber groups and jazz combos throughout the Southern California area and also maintains a busy teaching schedule of flute, piano and saxophone students in Malibu, CA. Instruments include: Flute, Piccolo, Eb flute, Alto flute, Bass flute, Contrabass flute, Baroque (1 keyed) flute, Irish (8 keyed) flute.

Cathy Larson

Cathy Larson performs in many Los Angeles Area orchestras including Burbank Symphony, Southeast Symphony, and Downey Symphony. Ms. Larson has appeared as featured soloist with the Palisades Symphony and the Conejo Symphony. In addition, she has done National Tours with Yanni, Michael Crawford, and David Arkenstone on whose Grammy nominated album "Atlantis" she was featured. She also participates in various chamber music ensembles and plays a variety of ethnic musical genres. She resides in Santa Monica, California where she maintains a private teaching studio specializing in flute and piccolo instruction.

Joanne Lazzaro

JOANNE LAZZARO holds a BS in Music Education and BA in Spanish from Lebanon Valley College of Pennsylvania and an MM in Flute Performance from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. She plays "anything that looks like a flute" including piccolo, alto and bass flutes, shakuhachi, shakalute, ocarina, xun, Native American flutes, and didgeridoo.

She has been performing in flute ensembles since 1979, appearing many times at the National Flute Association from 2001 to 2009 with various groups including the Professional Flute Choir, the LA Tribute Orchestra (2001) and the world-record breaking James Galway Tribute flute orchestra in NYC, 2009. In Los Angeles she performs with the group Pipe Dreams (formerly Flauto Badinage) the Los Angeles Flute Orchestra, and Song of Angels Flute Orchestra. Orchestral positions held include 2nd Flute/Piccolo in the Hour of Power Orchestra (broadcast weekly worldwide), and Guest Principal Flute, Beach Cities Symphony, and the Principal Flute, Santa Ana Symphony.

She has been actively involved with the NFA, holding roles of Information Booth Chairperson (Los Angeles convention 1992), Assistant Exhibits Coordinator (Chicago convention 1996) and Exhibits Coordinator (Phoenix convention 1997).

Currently she freelances in the Los Angeles area & especially enjoys working with local composers and arrangers to premier new compositions and arrangements for flute and flute ensembles. Her latest interest is in bringing Native American flute music into the concert venue, and showcasing the unique sound of this indigenous instrument and its musical heritage.

She maintains a private flute studio and specializes in adult beginners, individuals returning to flute after a long time, woodwind doublers who would like to get better "flute chops", and flutists wanting to learn circular breathing & extended techniques. Known as a "sound doctor", she enjoys working with flutists who want to improve their breathing, improve their phrasing or tone production, or simply want to sound "more classical" or "less classical", "jazzy", "Irish", "folk", "bamboo" or even like another instrument entirely! She is a current member of INAFA (International Native American Flute Association) and is available for Native American flute lesson (single sessions or series of lessons).

Michael Morton

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Michael attended the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University and studied with Jane Kirchner, during his high school years. He studied jazz at Berklee College of Music in Boston and classical performance at the University of Memphis, with Bruce Erskine, and Chapman University where he received a Bachelor of Music degree, under his principal teacher, Arthur Hoberman. He earned his masters degree from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music where he studied with Roger Stevens and Jim Walker. Michael has performed throughout the U.S., China, Germany and France. Currently, he is principal flutist for the Southeast Symphony of Los Angeles, a staff musician at All Peoples Christian Church and is a session player in L.A. and Nashville.

Laura Osborn

Originally from Colorado, Laura Osborn has performed nationally as a soloist and ensemble musician. She has lived in the Los Angeles area for almost 20 years, playing concerts, recitals, freelance occasions, and recording sessions in venues throughout Southern California.

Ms. Osborn has earned degrees in music from the University of Southern California, New England Conservatory, and University of California, Los Angeles. She has been a student of James Walker, Roger Stevens, Ran Blake, and Kenny Burrell. At present, she is conducting research for a dissertation on rhythm and musical expression in American old-time music.

Ms. Osborn brings her interest in various types of music—from classical to jazz to world styles—into her performing and teaching.

Emily Senchuk

Emily Senchuk, originally from Detroit, is a versatile woodwind performer and teacher, who performs in a variety of musical styles ranging from symphony orchestra and chamber ensembles to musical theatre and jazz big bands. She earned a Bachelors Degree in Music Composition from Wayne State University, where she also studied flute, saxophone and clarinet. Emily is a busy freelance musician and performs regularly with several orchestras including Golden State Pops Orchestra, South East Symphony, Torrance Symphony and Bellflower Symphony, and has been a featured soloist with the Palisades Symphony. She is a member of Vista Winds, which brings educational programs to hundreds of school children each year through Golden State Pops Orchestra and Santa Monica Symphony, and promotes new music by local composers in their chamber music concerts. She also performs with and composes for the Los Angeles Flute Orchestra. Many of her works for flute ensemble have been performed at the National Flute Association's National Conventions and can be heard on the recent LAFO release "Winter Wonderland", which she co-produced. Her arrangements and compositions are published by and available through Forest Glade Music. She has also played on many recording sessions for independent short and feature length films. Her recording work has called for her to perform on flute, alto flute, piccolo, soprano, alto & tenor saxophones, clarinet, pennywhistles, recorder, crystal flute and bansuri. Emily is a member of Music Teachers' Association of Calfornia and in addition to teaching privately, is a woodwind instructor at St. Matthews school and teaches instrumental music for Arts Alive and Childrens Music Workshop.

Roland Tso

Roland Tso studied music at the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music and was a member of the Highland Park Symphony Orchestra. Along with his involvement with music, his interests also encompass other art forms, including sculpture and architecture. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master's Degree in Architecture from Yale University. Roland studied flute with Patti Sikorski and Gordon Halligan and has recently broadened his enthusiasm to include the contrabass, F bass and sub-contrabass flutes.

Sherril Wood

An Oregon native, Sherril Kannasto Wood earned her Master of Music degree in the Performance of Early Music from the New England Conservatory in Boston. Upon returning to Oregon, she co-founded the Northwest Bach Ensemble, and was the group's Associate Director for 13 years. She performed for six seasons on historical instruments at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. Additionally, she served as Principal Flutist of the Rogue Valley Symphony and the Rogue Opera orchestras and has made several recordings for OCP Publications in Portland. Since moving to southern California, she has performed with Musica Angelica, the Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra, Con Gioia, the San Diego Bach Collegium, the Angeles Consort, Ensemble Bella Musica, the Los Angeles Flute Orchestra, Jacaranda, and the Santa Monica Symphony.

Sherril has thirty years' experience teaching students of all ages and levels of experiences. Lessons are individually tailored to each student's learning style and repertoire preferences. In 2004 she founded Santa Monica's nonprofit Amadeus Music Academy, and served as the Academy's Executive Director until 2008.