Mandy Fey, Clarinet and Bass Clarinet
Artistic Director and Co- founder, Mandy Fey is an accomplished clarinetist who has a deep passion for orchestral and chamber music while also making a difference in children's lives through music education.
She earned her Master's degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Southern California under the instruction of Yehuda Gilad, Michele Zukovsky, and David Howard. After obtaining her Master’s at USC, Mandy went on to study at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris in France under the guidance of Guy Dangain. She also holds a Music Education degree from Illinois State University where she studied with Aris Chavez and Dr. Stephen Steele and also holds an Artist Diploma from Northern Illinois University where she studied with Kathryne Pirtle of the Orion Ensemble.
Currently Mandy freelances in the Southern California area and plays principal clarinet in the New Valley Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr. A. Phoenix Delgado; clarinet and bass clarinet with the acclaimed Golden State Pops Orchestra of San Pedro; principal clarinet with the Middle Eastern orchestra, MESTO; and clarinet and bass clarinet with the Santa Maria Philharmonic.
Mandy has travelled all over the world performing in many memorable festivals and concerts. Throughout her years in the famous MESTO Orchestra, she has performed in Amman and Jerash, Jordan, Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt, and Muscat, Oman. Along with the performances in the Middle East, she has performed extensively throughout France, Canada, Pennsylvania, Illinois and California with the Los Angeles Symphonic Camerata, Downey Symphony Orchestra, Torrance Symphony, Redlands Symphony, Santa Barbara Grand Opera Orchestra, Santa Cecilia Orchestra, Debut Orchestra, the American Youth Orchestra, the Echo Mountain Woodwind Quintet, West Hollywood Symphony, Elgin Symphony, the Chicago Civic Orchestra, the Classical Symphony, the Scotia Festival, Idyllwild Arts Orchestra Festival, and the Music at Penn’s Woods Festival.
As well as her passion for performing is Mandy’s love of teaching. Mandy is currently an elementary instrumental music teacher for Children's Music Workshop, working for the past 16 years, under the direction of Emmy Award Winner, Larry Newman.
Norma LaTuchie, Flute
Artistic Director and Co-founder, Norma LaTuchie is a versatile flutist, having performed professionally for more than 35 years as a classical and jazz flutist. A graduate of Manhattan School of Music, Ms. LaTuchie has toured and performed extensively throughout Japan, Hong Kong, Brunei, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Europe, Brazil and the United States. In New York, she has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall, Symphony Space and on Broadway.
Norma has an affinity for the sounds and rhythms of Brazilian music. Her love for Brazilian music began after a chance discovery of a recording of Milton Nascimento while attending Berklee College of Music. Soon after moving to New York, another chance meeting with drummer, Duduka Fonseca, led to a lifetime of collaborations with the Brazilian music community.
Ms. LaTuchie has performed and /or recorded with many international and notable jazz and Brazilian musicians, including Toninho Horta, Paulo Braga, Astrud Gilberto, Kenny Werner, Hubert Laws, Fred Hersch, Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano, Tom Rainey, Manolo Badrena, Romero Lubambo, to name a few. Ms. LaTuchie co-produced the CD, “From Ton to Tom” – A Tribute to Jobim, featuring Brazilian guitarist/ composer, Toninho Horta (VideoArts Music/Japan).
Norma has also performed with The New York Chamber Soloists, as a guest soloist with The New York Symphonic Ensemble, the Vermont Mozart Festival, the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, the Verismo Opera, the Palisades Symphony, and for Broadway shows including Apects of Love and a US tour of Andrew Lloyd Weber's music.
Currently, Norma is working on a solo recording project, featuring her own compositions, a blend of jazz and Brazilian music, and also composes for film and theatrical productions.
Along with her love of performing is also her passion for teaching. She holds a CA K-12 teaching credential from Chapman University. Norma currently teaches at Seven Arrows Elementary School in Pacific Palisades, for SMMUSD as a Dream Winds coach, Honors Choir coach and accompanist, and instrumental music for Children's Music Workshop.
Christin Phelps Webb, Bassoon
Bassoonist, Christin Phelps Webb. is a freelance chamber and orchestral musician based in Southern California. Originally from Fairfax County, Virginia, Christin relocated to Los Angeles after attending the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. Since then she has been performing with local orchestras including the Long Beach Symphony, Thousand Oaks Philharmonic, Santa Cecilia Orchestra and San Bernardino Symphony. Christin is the bassoonist in the wind trio "Ceora Winds," whose album "Postcards" was released in 2014. She was also featured playing bassoon and contrabassoon on the critically acclaimed CD by Jenni Olson, “The Dreams of Birds,” released on the Delos label. Christin teaches bassoon at Citrus College, conducts master classes and maintains a private teaching studio. She holds degrees in music performance from Indiana University and the Peabody Conservatory, where her principal teachers were Sidney Rosenberg and Linda Harwell; she has also studied at the University of Southern California with Stephen Maxym and Judith Farmer.
Cindy Deane, Horn
Cindy L. Deane holds a Master's of Music degree in Horn Performance from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Music cum laude, in Horn Performance from the University of the Pacific, Conservatory of Music. Her primary teachers have included Lowell Greer, Dr. James Winter, Dr. George Nemeth, Susan Carroll (Seattle Symphony) and most recently, Brian O’Conner. Cindy is a relatively new freelance musician in the Los Angeles area, and previously lived and performed in Seattle, San Francisco Bay Area and Ann Arbor, MI areas. Locally she has performed with the Pacific Symphony, Santa Barbara Choral Orchestra, Rio Hondo Symphony, and Principal Horn with the New Valley Symphony and Pasadena Community Orchestra. She is the Horn coach for the Verdugo Young Musicians Association in Glendale, and has coached locally at Luther Middle School, Jordan Middle School and Arcadia High School.
In Seattle, she performed with orchestras such as, Tacoma Symphony and Opera, Bellevue Philharmonic, Federal Way Symphony, Northwest Mahler Festival Orchestra, Cascade Symphony, and more. Cindy performed a wide array of chamber music in Seattle with Ladies Musical Club, and was the founding member and a performer of Convergence Chamber Players. She participated in giving brass demonstrations for Seattle Symphony’sSymphony on Wheels in the schools, and performed for Seattle Symphony's Tiny Tots shows. She was adjunct faculty for Northwest University in Kirkland, WA. In the Bay Area she was adjunct faculty for Dominican College in San Rafael, and a member of The Chamber League, chamber music group. She performed with Sacramento Philharmonic, California Philharmonic, Fremont Philharmonic, Santa Cruz County Symphony, Vallejo Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, Monterey County Symphony, Masterworks Chorale Orchestra, SF Choral Society Orchestra, SF Sinfonietta, Midsummer Mozart Festival Orchestra, Lamplighter’s Gilbert and Sullivan Orchestra, and more. She has also been heard in various other settings out of the norm of classical music including Latin/Salsa bands, jazz band/Big Bands and pop/rock music groups, including on tracks for The Billy Nayer Show’s album, Return to Brigadoon.
Myka Miller, Oboe
Myka's wide range of musical interests include classical as well as jazz and avant-garde repertoire and beyond. She is a versatile performer, having played from concert stages, stadiums, night clubs and football fields. Myka was born in small town McKinney, Texas, where band programs and music education were strong. She began her formal music studies at the University of Texas at Austin under the instruction of oboist John Snow. While there, Myka experimented in jazz, while receiving classical training. She was also part of the UT marching band on trombone. Earlier in her career, as a participant in the Henry Mancini Institute in 1997 and 2001, she worked with artists including Vince Mendoza, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Christian McBride, Terrence Blanchard, Paul McCandless and Diane Reeves.
After earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Music, she pursued an international experience. She performed for a season with the Nuevo Leon Symphony Orchestra in Monterrey, Mexico, after which she won a position with the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra in Guadalajara, Mexico. There she played Co-Principal oboe and English horn for three years and performed as soloist throughout Mexico. In Guadalajara, she began playing flute with various salsa and Cuban groups. After moving to Los Angeles in 2002, she completed her Master’s of Music in oboe performance at the University of Southern California.
Myka is an accomplished musician and plays oboe, flute, English horn and sings. Don Heckman of the LA Times said, “Myka and ensemble guide flow of third stream music.” She resides in Los Angeles, where she regularly plays with local orchestras, rock and salsa bands, experimental groups, and jazz. In addition to her freelance career, she is a member of the daKAH hip hop orchestra, with which she has performed at the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, New Orleans Jazz Fest, and the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas. Myka is an active producer having produced concerts in Los Angeles with Kent Nagano, John Williams, Billy Childs, Yundi Li, and Sarah Chang, as well as in New York at Carnegie Hall.
Myka has also spent a career working with non-profits and giving back to the community. Her personal goal is to put instruments in the hands of as many children as possible who would not otherwise have access to music learning. Myka is now Executive Director of the Harmony Project, a non-profit organization established in April of 2001 with a mission of transforming the lives of underserved youth through music. She is currently seeking an MBA at the USC Marshall School of Business.
Rebecca Rivera, Bassoon
Dr. Rebecca Rivera enjoys an active career as a performer and educator. As a bassoon and contrabassoon player, Dr. Rivera has recorded for several film and music projects and performed with many ensembles throughout Southern California including the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Pasadena Pops Orchestra Dr. Rivera recently performed with Elton John at the 125th Anniversary concert for Yamaha. Dr. Rivera has performed at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Cerritos Performing Arts Center, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Orpheum and the Los Angeles Music Center. Dr. Rivera is a guest artist on Fiesta by Flamenco Latino guitarist Tony Ybarra. In addition to maintaining her private teaching studio, Dr. Rivera is adjunct professor of bassoon and Chapman University and a lecturer in reed-making at the University of Southern California. Dr. Rivera is an avid chamber music player and is a member of the Third Wheel Trio and the Chapman Faculty Quintet. Dr. Rebecca Rivera completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in bassoon performance at the University of Southern California, studying with Rose Corrigan and Judith Farmer.
Emily Senchuk, Flute
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, clarinet, saxophone and piano with Detroit Symphony musicians such as Clement Barone and Theodore Oien, along with top jazz performers in the Metro Detroit area like Chris Collins. Emily has performed with Johnny Mathis, Steve Lawrence & Edie Gourmet, the Fox Theatre Motown Revival, Rick Marghiza, and many ensembles including the Torrance and Antelope Valley Symphonies, Torrance Civic Chorale, Orchestra Santa Monica, Composers Ensemble of Los Angeles, and has been a featured soloist with the Palisades Symphony.
Emily performs regularly with several ensembles including the Golden State Pops Orchestra, MESTO and the Orchestra Santa Monica Woodwind Quintet which brings educational programs to hundreds of school children each year and promotes new music by local composers in their chamber music concerts. She also performs with, manages 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 have received honors in the NFA’s Newly Published Music Competition
Her love of teaching is equal to that of performing and she has taught privately and in many schools in Michigan and California for over fifteen years. Like her performance resume, her teaching experience is multifaceted and includes private lessons, small group lessons, general music classes, chamber ensemble coaching, and band and orchestra classes. She is a member of Music Teachers’ Association of Calfornia and currently is the State Wind Coordinator for MTAC. In addition to teaching privately, she also teaches instrumental music classes at the UCLA Lab School through Children’s Music Workshop and is a woodwind coach for St. Matthew’s School, the DreamWind program at John Adams Middle School and the Elemental Band program.
Kristin L. Morrison, Horn
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Kristin's formal studies started at Duquesne University under the tuteledge of Ron Schneider. As a student, Kristin enjoyed being a member of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony and of a brass quintet featured at the Three Rivers Arts Festival. Kristin later moved to Chicago to finish her studies with Ether Merker at DePaul University. She enjoyed freelancing in the greater Chicago area and enjoyed being a member of the Classical Symphony of Chicago and playing off Broadway with the New Tuners Theater Group. Upon moving to Bakersfield, California, Kristin became a member of the Bakersfield Symphony under the direction of John Farrar. While in Bakersfield she also regularly performed with the Musica da Camera and the Mozart Festival Chamber Orchestra.
As a pedagogue, Kristin has developed a large horn studio with students regularly garnering Excellent ratings and Command Performances at the Solo/Ensemble Competitions. While in Bakersfield she also coached the brass section of the Bakersfield Youth Symphony and was also an adjunct professor at Bakersfield College as a woodwind quintet instructor.
After moving to the Los Angeles area, Kristin's freelance work has included projects such as "The Walter Winchell Story" for HBO, performing for the South Bay Civic Light Opera, and performing excerpts from Phantom of the Opera with Michael Crawford and Dale Kristien. A fun and exciting highlight of Kristin's freelance work, was touring with Yanni. She can be heard on both the "Ethnicity" and "Yanni Live" recordings.
Currently, Kristin enjoys being a long time member of the Laura Stone Woodwind Quintet, the South Coast Symphony, the Desert Symphony, the San Bernardino Symphony, and the Oregon Music Festival.