Gordon Halligan, Music Director
Gordon Halligan started conducting in January 2014. His first teacher was Eimear Noone. Gordon has also studied with Keith Waibel, Dr. William Johnson and Paul Piazza. As a young conductor, Gordon was highly inspired by the great chamber orchestras of Europe.
In his very first group, the Flutesonic Orchestra, after only one year in rehearsal, the group took the Beverly Hills national auditions for Greystone series and other venues and won a spot on the season in the top 10 competing against almost 100 ensembles.
David Shostac, solo flutist and lead soloist with the group said, "I have never played with a conductor who follows me so well and seems to know what I will do in my solo. The orchestra would not sound like they do without him!"
David Shostac, Solo Flute
David Shostac was appointed principal flute of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in 1975, a position he still holds.
“Extraordinary, dazzling, world class” and “a musician of the highest order” are words critics have used to describe his artistry. An alumnus of The Juilliard School and Tanglewood and recipient of two Rockefeller performance grants, he has also served as principal flute of the St. Louis, Milwaukee and New Orleans symphony orchestras.
David has performed as a solo and orchestral player at the Hollywood Bowl, the Ojai, Mostly Mozart, Aspen and Oregon Bach festivals; and has appeared with the American Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Recent solo appearances with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra include the premiere of his Carmen Fantasy for flute and orchestra in 2009, and Mozart's G Major Flute Concerto in March 2015 He has worked with prominent conductors such as Eugene Ormandy, Zubin Mehta, Leopold Stokowski, Seiji Ozawa, Karl Richter, Helmuth Rilling and Christopher Hogwood, among others.
Dave’s most recent recording, Vivaldi Flute Concertos with Song of the Angels Flute Orchestra, features several of his original arrangements. On it, he is accompanied by a unique orchestra consisting entirely of flutes of all sizes, including bass, contrabass and double contrabass flutes.
A recent solo recording, Chamber Music Classics for Flute, features the 2002 GRAMMY®-winning Angeles String Quartet and Pacific Trio. His discography also includes JS Bach: The Six Flute Sonatas, Masterpieces from the French Repertoire, The Romantic Flute (volumes one and two, Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, and a historic recording of Terry Riley’s In C. The 2003 release by the Bel Arts Trio, of which Dave is a member, features the music of Gershwin, Bizet, Fauré, Rimsky-Korsakov and others.
Dave is active in the motion picture recording industry and can be heard on hundreds of motion picture soundtracks. His expanding list of credits includes Avatar, Tomorrowland,The Karate Kid and many others. He also performs as a jazz and Latin artist,and has taught at USC, UCLA, California Institute of the Arts, the Aspen Music School and the Idyllwild Arts Academy. He is a faculty member of CSU Northridge.
Mary Cervantes, a native of Bakersfield, CA, complete her Bachelor degree in Flute Performance at CSU Northridge in Spring of 2014. She is currently studying flute with David Shostac. At CSUN Mary plays in the Orchestra and Wind Ensemble as well as the Northridge Flute Quartet, a select group of players from the flute studio.
Mary is also involved with ensembles outside of school and is currently the assistant director for the Sterling Flute choir, under the direction of Sandy Kipp. She has appeared as a featured soloist with the Beverley Hills International Chamber Music Festival, the Sterling Flute choir, and the Bakersfield Youth Symphony. Mary also loves teaching and has been a teaching assistant for the Idyllwild Summer Arts program. She also teaches class flute at Calahan Elementary school and keeps a private flute studio.
Jamie Orlando, flute
Jamie has been playing the flute since she was ten years old. Soon after beginning her formal studies she was appointed principal of the Modesto Youth Symphony Orchestra. During this time she was accepted as first flutist in the Summer Music at Stanislaus Chamber Program. As a long time student of Dr. Jeannine Dennis, Jamie has performed in many highly selective masterclasses and honor bands such as the Stanislaus County, Northern California, and All State honor bands. In addition to performing, Jamie enjoys teaching flute to her young students in her hometown of Merced. Jamie has just completed her sophomore year at CSU Northridge as a flute performance major, and performs in the Wind Ensemble and Orchestra. She currently studies with David Shostac.
Anna Choi, flute
Anna Choi received her Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance and Master of Arts in Teaching Music degree from the University of Southern California. She also holds a California Single Subject Teaching Credential in Music and a Bilingual Teaching Certification from USC. She is an award-winning solo musician who has actively performed locally.
She has won numerous concerto competitions and has been featured as a soloist with many orchestras, including the Brentwood-Westwood Orchestra, the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra (OCYSO), and the Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) Symphony Orchestra. She has been a principal flutist of the USC Symphony Orchestra, OCSA Chamber Orchestra, and the OCYSO. From years 2004 to 2012, she has been a recipient of Leni Fe Bland Music Scholarship from Santa Barbara Foundation. While attending the USC Thornton School of Music, she received the music scholarship of the Dean’s List.
She was awarded the OCYSO’s “Music Director’s Award” and was given the OCHSA’s “Best Wind Player Award” and “Most Promising Musician Award”. As a frequent winner of auditions, she received numerous music scholarships from the Cerritos Performing Arts Center, Tomorrow’s Stars at Orange County Performing Arts Center, the Kollaboration Classical Music, and the Yamaha Corporate of America.
Ms. Choi is presently a Full time Music Teacher at Vienna Music Institute. From 2010-2013, she was a full time music instructor at Orchepia School of the Arts and a part time Instructional Music Assistant at Fairmont Private School, Edgemont Campus. From 2009-2010 she was a full time Music Director at Suva Intermediate School in Montebello Unified School District. She also maintains a successful flute studio of 30 students in Orange County since 2004. She is in demand throughout Southern California as a soloist, orchestral, and chamber musician.
Denia Bradshaw, flute/piccolo
Denia Bradshaw, a graduate of Millikan High School in Long Beach, was a hall of Fame and John Phillip Sousa Band Award recipient. In 2008, she graduated with an Associates of Arts degree from Long Beach Community College, in 2010 with a Bachelor of Music from California State University, Northridge (CSUN) and in 2013 with a Master of Music from CSUN. Since then she has performed for Jimmy Carter and Harrison Ford and also played alongside artists such as Monica Mancini, Arturo Sandoval, and Sir James Galway. She has also done a variety of studio work, including venues like Capitol Records. She frequently performs with the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Song of Angels Flute Orchestra.
Currently a member of the Music Teachers Association of California she serves as the Winds Chair for the San Fernando East Valley Branch and actively participates in the Certificate of Merit program with her private flute students. In Fall 2014, she took the Music Teacher position at Welby Way Charter Elementary School in West Hills and is currently teaching general music classes there for grades 1-5.
Aside from performing and teaching she holds a high interest and involvement with providing music for special needs children and adults which led to her becoming the Director of Operations for the new organization Music to Inspire. She also continues to study and work with David Shostac, principal of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
Lynda Harman, bass flute
Lynda Harman plays bass flute with the Flutesonic Orchestra. She earned her ARCM from Royal College of Music London England, BA in Music with Honors from University of California and Master of Science in Project Management from George Washington University. She has had the honor of studying with James Galway, William Bennett, Luella Howard, Lloyd Gowen to name a few. A highlight of her studies included an afternoon of playing flute duets with Jean Pierre Rampal. She has performed in most major cities of Europe, Australia and the United Kingdom with a variety of different groups as both a soloist and ensemble player.
She recently returned to playing again after taking a twenty year hiatus from performing and found it is like riding a bicycle thanks to her strong training foundation. She is grateful for the opportunity to play with the talented musicians that make up the Flute Conspiracy family. By day she is a Partner with Teradata Corporation; a global leader in enterprise data warehousing and analytic technologies, by night she is either playing bass flute, alto flute, C flute or Irish flute.
Charlotte Betry, flute
Charlotte Betry began her classical training at a very young age on piano and continued her love for music on flute at the age of 9. Ms. Betry began studying under Yamaha Performing Artist, Tracy Harris in 2004 and continued her studies with Ms. Harris for ten years before transferring to California State University, Northridge in fall of 2012 where she studied under Sandra Kipp.
Ms. Betry received her Bachelor of Music Performance degree Summa Cum Laude in May 2014 with the distinction of being a Phi Kappa Lambda Honors Society member and is currently continuing her studies at CSUN pursuing a Master of Music degree in Flute performance. Ms. Betry currently studies with Heather Clark.
In 2009, Ms. Betry became a member of the Kings Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony of the Sequoias. She is currently a member of the Wyndfall Chamber Orchestra, the Sterling Flute Choir and the California State University, Northridge Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra as well as various ensembles in the greater Los Angeles area. Charlotte has attended master classes with artists such as Nicola Mazzanti, Carol Wincenc, Jim Walker, Cathy Karoly, Mary-Karen Clardy and John Barcellona to name a few. In August of 2014, Ms. Betry was invited to participate at the National Flute Association’s annual convention with the Wyndfall Chamber Orchestra. Charlotte does freelance work in Southern California and Central California and maintains a private flute studio.
Terry Wolff, alto flute
Terry Wolff received her B.A. in flute performance from California State University at Northridge in 1981. She has studied with Louella Howard, Gretel Shanley, Jim Walker and has performed in masterclasses for Jean Pierre-Rampal and Goran Marcusson. Terry has performed with the UCLA, CSUN and Burbank Orchestra's and has been a studio musician for film, television and radio.
Terry freelances in the greater Los Angeles area where she has performed with the Moorpark Orchestra, Gold Coast Wind Ensemble, Pipe Dream Flutes and Friends, Song of the Angels Flute Orchestra and The Jewel City Flute Orchestra. In 2006, Terry performed in the West Coast premiere of Ed Lojeski's Missa Americana at the Kavli Theatre in Thousand Oaks, Ca. In 2009, Terry performed in Vienna, Austria with the Westminster Chamber Orchestra and Pipe Dream Flutes for the International Haydn Festival playing two premieres: Calculated Chaos Phase II (for flute ensemble), composed by George Roumanis and Psalms of the Passover (for orchestra/choir) composed by Ed Lojeski. In 2011 she performed in Hawaii which featured two more world premieres by George Roumanis and Ed Lojeski to honor the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Terry has studied jazz flute with Ali Ryerson and has also been a participant in the Jazz Flute classes in Hidden Valley Carmel, Ca. Terry has been on staff with NBC Universal Studios Music Department for 33 years.
Kay Coopman Glass, alto flute
Kay Koopman studied flute as a young student through junior high and high school. She pursued Engineering in college, while still playing music. Kay resumed her study and performance of music several years ago, and is currently a member of two orchestras; the Song of Angels and the Flutesonic Chamber Orchestra.
Debbie MacMurray, bass flute
Deborah MacMurray graduated from the University of Akron with a flute performance degree. She then pursued a business career while maintaining a flute studio and performing in the Akron area. Business relocated Deborah first to New Orleans and then onto southern California where she found many opportunities to explore her passion for teaching and performing the flute family: piccolo, bass flute, alto flute and the more common C flute.
Deborah brings to the FluteSonic Chamber Orchestra over 12 years of playing various flutes for over 60 musical theater shows , 15 years of flute orchestra experience, 25 years performing a solo piccolo with the Coastal Communities Concert Band in San Diego, and 5 years performing with the Greater San Diego Chamber Orchestra. Internationally Deborah has toured 12 years with the International Flute Orchestra teaching master classes and performing in over 55 countries. Additionally she has participated in music mission trips to Cuba, Malaysia, Australia, Thailand and Jordan. Deborah is a Life Member of the National Flute Association and performers every year at their National Convention. Deborah resides in the greater Los Angeles area with her composer husband, David MacMurray and their menagerie of rescued dogs, cats, koi fish and turtles.
Nancy Newmann, contrabass flute
Nancy Newman, originally from Montreal Canada, is a multi-woodwind artist specializing on the low woodwinds. She graduated with Distinction in Saxophone from McGill University, studying with Gerald Danovitch. For over twenty years she was actively involved in the fields of performance and music education, recording and touring internationally, including 19 years as the Baritone Saxophonist in Canada’s critically acclaimed Gerald Danovitch Saxophone Quartet (GDSQ). Nancy’s freelance activities included international performances with numerous jazz and contemporary ensembles. In Montreal, she performed in concert halls with such artists as Paquito D’Rivera, Johnny Mathis, Bobby McFerrin, Slide Hampton, and Randy Brecker among others, as well as classical Baritone Saxophone with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal.
Since moving to Los Angeles, Nancy graduated with her Masters in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California, followed by studies on the bassoon. She continues to freelance as a woodwind doubler, performing and recording with Clare Fischer (Grammy
Nominated “Continuum” 2011), John Daversa’s Big Band (“Junk Wagon”) , Ed Shaugnessy, Shelly Berg, Jamie Davis, Kurt Elling, the TV show “Family Guy”, the Urban Renewal Project and others. In addition she has appeared in concert with artists such as Nancy Wilson, Patti Austin, Randy Newman, Louis Bellson, Dave Brubeck, Wayne Shorter, Keith Emerson and Seth MacFarlane. Nancy continues to perform regularly in numerous local jazz bands, musicals, and orchestras, and has performed in Jazz Festivals in Los Angeles, Hawaii and Peru, with Buddy Childers, Lennie Niehaus, Stan Kenton Alumni, and Maria Schneider. In the classical world, she performed Mark Watters’ “Rhapsody for Baritone Saxophone” with orchestra in May 2013. The latest projects include John Daversa’s new big band CD, Kaleidoscope Eyes; The Music of the Beatles -bass saxophone- which will be released this year, and performances with numerous flute ensembles including the Ali Ryerson Jazz Flute Big Band; Song of the Angles Flute Orchestra, and David Shostac’s Flute Orchestra, on contrabass flute, her latest contribution to her low woodwind family.
Marion Cuesta, flute
Marion Cuesta began her musical journey with piano at age 5 and became interested in the flute in junior high school. The flute quickly became her instrument of choice. Marion was very fortunate to begin studying with David Shostac while in high school. Marion went on to study with Geraldine Rotella at Pepperdine University. During that time she also studied with Susan Greenberg and James Galway. Marion has been a freelance flutist and teacher since 1984, enjoying orchestral, chamber music and solo performances.
Leslie Baker, bass
Bassist Leslie Baker, a Los Angeles native has been involved with music from an early age. Her Father, Dick Baker was a professional pianist and vocal coach. He started her on piano and reading music at age six. By twelve on his suggested Leslie start playing string bass. Very shortly after that she was performing with her Dad at his gigs.
Leslie continues since age 20 to make a living as a musician. Versatility and continuous growth are some attributes of Leslie’s musicianship that her large network of musician friends, teachers and co-workers have noticed. Mentored by top studio bassist and tuba virtuoso Red Callender was a very significant influence for Leslie's growing in music.
Strongly influenced by Jazz and Blues, Leslie has been privileged to share time on bandstands with many great musicians including the inventor of Rock and Roll, Earl Palmer, Jazz great Billy Higgins, recordings for the legendary Willie Dixon, road gigs backing Blues giants Bill Doggett, Lowell Fulson, Harmonica Fats. Some wonderful singers Leslie has worked with include Barbara Morrison, Nell Carter, Linda Hopkins and Oscar Brown Jr. Long tenures in the bands of Al Aarons and the L.A. Jazz Caravan (Count Basie/Studio trumpeter) and sixteen years with bluesman Floyd Dixon (songwriter Hey Bartender, Operator 210, Jump Piano/Vocals) have afforded numerous festival and recording opportunities. A particular highlight among many festivals with Floyd was the Monterey Jazz Festival. It resulted in a recording “Live at Monterey”. “Wake Up and Live” another collaboration with Floyd Dixon won the John Handy Award.
Leslie plays electric and acoustic basses, sings, composes and arranges and is currently involved in three classical ensembles with the goal of taking the bass to new places. Her four self-produced CD’s on her label Ranch Cabin Records display all these talents in a variety of settings. There have been numerous TV and Movie appearances including Star Trek TNG, Frasier, House, Bones, Addams Family Values, Red Dragon, Walk Hard and most recently The Voice for Leslie with her bass.
As a bandleader Leslie books the Leslie Baker Band for special events and shows. From sophisticated engaging Jazz to Blues, Swing, R. & B. and Variety in between, Leslie’s band works to connect to the people in the room. The reviews from clients are consistently positive.
Roger Greene, keyboard/bass clarinet
Roger Greene earned a Bachelor of Music degree in composition from CSUN. As a pianist, organist, clarinetist, and saxophonist, he has performed with many instrumental and vocal ensembles as well as in theatrical productions. He has served also as accompanist, music director, personnel manager, and instructor at numerous schools, colleges, churches, and temples. He is also a trained piano tuner.
Roger has collaborated with notable musicians and performers, including composer Charles Fox, entertainers Steve Allen, Annette Bening, Tyne Daly, and Nicole Richie, and even once, briefly during a master class, with world-renowned flautist Jean-Pierre Rampal.
Roger appears on several albums, has performed on many concert tours throughout the USA and in Canada and Europe. He has played solo recitals in Southern California, Israel, and Japan.
Francine Ross, flute/bass flute
Francine Pancost earned her Bachelors from the Eastman School of Music, studying with Joseph Mariano, and Masters from U.S.C. Francine has been heard live on KUSC, KFAC radio and many recordings. She has performed with the Santa Barbara Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, Chuck Mangione, Foothill Artists Trio and Five Winds Quintet including performing for the Da Camera Society, Southbay Chamber Music Series and LACMA. Francine performed in the Aspen Music Festival and Chamber Orchestras and has filmed for Bravo TV.
She conducted the Los Angeles Music Center’s Active Arts GYCB flute choir, with 81 flutists, performing in Disney Hall. Francine was requested to lead a flute choir reading session for the National Flute Association convention, conducting 15 newly composed pieces. She currently plays in Song of the Angels Flute Choir and Flute Sonic Flute Orchestra. Francine is also currently Director/Conductor of the Jewel City Flute Choir. She has just begun a new Publication company "SilverWinds" including 3 of her arrangements, Francine continues to arrange new pieces for flute ensemble.
Mrs. Pancost maintains an active teaching studi0. Her students have been selected as a Yamaha Young Artist, Young Musicians’ Foundation Disney Orchestra, YMF scholarships; including the “Henry Mancini”, Pasadena Soloist competition, ASCAP scholarship, Music Center “Spotlight Award”, Spokane Symphony, Tacoma Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Music Teachers National Assoc. state soloist winner, National Foundation for the Arts winner, National Flute Association National convention High School Flute Choir & Master class with Carol Wincenc.
Francine Pancost’s advanced students have continued their education at the Eastman School of Music, Julliard, Curtis Institute of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory, Cornell, Wellesley, Duke, Princeton, Columbia, Carnegie Mellon, Peabody Institute, U.S.C., and Chethams School of Music in England.
Cari Ann Craig, flute/alto flute
Cari Ann Craig graduated from California State University, Northridge in 2001 with a BM in Flute Performance, under the direction of David Shostac. She has performed many talented artists and can be heard on Grammy Award nominated albums. She teaches students of all ages, specializing in children with special needs and adult beginning students. Cari also manages the CSUN Youth Orchestras, a weekend program for young musicians ages 6-18. In addition to music, Cari earned an Associates Degree and Le Cordon Bleu Certificate from the California School of Culinary Arts in Pasadena, California. She has had the opportunity to cook for many Hollywood personalities. She's also an avid motorcyclist so you may find her out riding the sunny streets of L.A.
Sheryl Porter fell in love with the flute and started playing at age 7. She studied with Francine Ross Pancost, and played with the Pasadena Young Musician's Orchestra while attending Cal State Northridge.
She played for weddings and funerals for 20 years, then joined others again in 2008. She currently plays with the Jewel City Flute Choir, and Song of Angels, and has also enjoyed playing with Sterling Flute Choir and Silver Sounds. She has played the contrabass flute since 2013, and it has become her favorite instrument.
Ryan Whyman, keyboard
Ryan Whyman is a gifted pianist and composer with a diverse array of influences. At age 6 he began studying classical piano with world renowned Sofia Zukerman and developed a passion for improvisation from an early age. As Ryan grew older, his classical piano skills quickly expanded into the jazz realm, as well as into the realms of pop, rock, and assorted other genres.
Through his improvisational and sight-reading abilities, he works as a classical, jazz, rock, pop, folk, and musical theater keyboardist in the Los Angeles area. Ryan has scored a number of independent films and media projects, and writes for a variety of performing ensembles. Ryan is also known for his improvised solo performances, and is currently one of the pianists at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
Fred Selden, flute, alto flute
Fred Selden is one of LA’s top studio woodwind players as well as a Grammy nominated composer, arranger and producer. His musical talents have been featured in countless television and film projects including: “March Of The Penguins” (featured flute soloist), “The Last Samurai” (featured flute soloist), “Pirates Of The Caribbean”, TED 1 & 2, “Family Guy”, American Dad”, “Star Trek” – “Next Generation”, “Deep Space Nine”, “Voyager” and many more. He has recorded and performed with Don Ellis, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Ringo Star, Bill Holman, Lionel Hampton to name a few.
Fred is also one of the pioneers in the use of the “Electronic Wind Instrument” (E.W.I.). He has received a Grammy Nomination for “Best Instrumental Arrangement” for his composition “The Magic Bus Ate My Donut” recorded by the Don Ellis Orchestra.
David Lamont is a native Angeleno. He started piano at four, flute at eight, going on to earn a B.A. from UCLA in flute performance where he studied with Sheridon Stokes. He then attended Cal State University, Northridge, where he earned an M.A. in Musicology. Subsequent teachers include James Newton, Charlie Shoemake, Ira Shulman, Bill Greene, Mark Carlson and French horn legend Fred Fox. 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, http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/davidlamont and has been a member of The Escovedo Project, featured on their CD and video. He has been featured in many other recordings including film, television and radio. David has composed for short film and radio and is currently scoring his first feature film, Symphoria. He has worked with such artists as Richie Cole, Nedra Wheeler, Stanley Jordan, Larry Goldings, and performed in nearly every venue in the Los Angeles area. Musical theatre performances include the EastWest Theatre (now the Union Center of Performing Arts) and the Malibu Playhouse. He is a regular member of the Los Angeles Flute Orchestra and also performs regularly with various chamber groups and jazz combos throughout the Southern California area while maintaining 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 and keyboards.
Bill Butler, bass flute/alto flute/arranger
Bill Butler has taken many music courses in Composition, arranging and Jazz improv at Cal State LA, Pasadena City College and Antelope Valley College. He took up the flute at the age of 30, and expanded to Bass and Alto flute as well as Flauto Dolce, and Spoilka. He was a founding member of the Antelope Valley Flute Choir, and is also an active member in Reflections in Silver Flute Ensemble and the Crown City Symphony. Bill has been a full time member of the LA Balalaika orchestra since 1998, and the Song of Angels Flute Orchestra, playing Bass and Alto flute.
Recently, Bill has been one of the principal arrangers for the FluteSonic Orchestra. He has been arranging for woodwind ensembles since 1990. He is also an experienced producer and audio engineer.
Shahin Maleksalehi, keyboard
In 2012, Niko graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. While attending USC, his interest in music deepened greatly. He has taught piano for five years both privately and with prestigious music schools in LA such as the Riko Method School of Piano. Since 2013, Niko has served as the rehearsal pianist and Marketing Coordinator for the LA Metropolitan Opera. He has also composed music for numerous short films and commercials, and also writes and performs his own original music.