2014 Festival Presenters


Sarah_JacksonSARAH JACKSON has held the position of Piccolo for the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 2003. Ten years prior to joining the LA Phil, in 1993, she joined the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (British Columbia, Canada). She moved on to assume the position of Assistant Principal Flute and Piccolo with that orchestra. Jackson also taught flute and piccolo at the University of British Columbia.
Jackson is a much sought-after piccolo and flute teacher, attracting students from around the world. She is also an active chamber musician, soloist, clinician, and freelance artist, and has played for numerous films, audio recordings, and TV and radio broadcasts. In addition to orchestral performance and teaching, Jackson has frequently been engaged as soloist and clinician on both flute and piccolo in Belgium, The Netherlands, Japan, the Czech Republic, Canada, and the U.S.

Esposito2A charismatic and versatile flutist, NICOLE ESPOSITO Esposito is a Miyazawa performing artist and the flute professor at The University of Iowa. Acclaimed by Fanfare magazine as “an exceptional flutist in every way”, Esposito has achieved a career as a soloist, teacher, chamber and orchestral musician on an international level having been featured across the United States, Europe, Asia, and Central and South America. She has performed at numerous events including ten National Flute Association Conventions in major cities across the United States, Europe, South America. Esposito is the host of the annual summer workshop, the Iowa Piccolo Intensive, and she can be heard on the Albany and Con Brio Recordings labels.  Her teachers were Jeanne Baxtresser, Amy Porter, and Marianne Gedigian.

The LA Flute Guild is also pleased to welcome Rena Urso-Trapani, who will present a class on body-mapping.

474008_10150544222252452_259559499_oRENA URSO-TRAPANI is a member of the flute faculty at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU Long Beach. A member of the Oakland East Bay Symphony, the San Francisco Opera Center Orchestra and the Oregon Coast Music Festival Orchestra, she has also held Piccolo positions and toured extensively throughout the U.S. with the New York City Opera, National Company and the San Francisco Opera’s Western Opera Theater. An active freelance chamber and orchestral musician in Los Angeles and San Francisco, she often performs with many of the orchestras throughout California including the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Monterey Symphony, and the Pageant of the Masters Orchestra. As a soloist, Rena has appeared with the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia. Committed to saving and enhancing musical careers through quality movement, Rena is a Licensed Andover Educator (Body Mapping instructor), and presents classes around the U.S. She received her BM from Wayne State University and her MM from CSULB. For more information, visit Rena’s website: renaurso.com

Portrait of John Barcellona

JOHN BARCELLONA is the Director of Woodwind Studies and Professor of Flute at CSULB and flutist with the internationally acclaimed Westwood Wind Quintet (recordings on Columbia, Crystal and WIM). The Quintet has recently recorded the complete 24 Quintets of Anton Reicha (available as a 12 CD set on Crystal Records). He is also a member of The Caliendo Trio, with guitarist/composer, Christopher Caliendo and Cellist, Ian Flatt. The Caliendo Trio released its first CD Caliendo World Music Hits, Volume I, in August 2007. The Caliendo Barcellona Duo and Caliendo Trio are currently performing concerts throughout the United States. He also teaches doctoral students at Claremont Graduate University and plays traverso in the Faculty Trio with harpsichordist Robert Zappulla and Shanon Zusman on viola da gamba.

He has been guest artist at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival for the 30th consecutive year and has made several appearances at the International Cello Encounter in Rio de Janero, Brazil. July 15 -28, 2013, he will be coordinating a flute seminar for CSU Summer Arts at Monterey Bay, featuring flutist, Carol Wincenc.http://www.csusummerarts.org/courses2013

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