Biography for Rachel Van Amburgh
Rachel Van Amburgh is a dynamic, versatile oboist and dedicated teacher, driven to make art music more accessible, relevant, and meaningful to people from all walks of life. She served as Principal Oboist of the Young Musician’s Foundation Debut Orchestra from 2013-2015, and also held the English horn/Oboe III chair in 2012. Rachel has performed with a number of orchestras around Los Angeles, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, USC Thornton Symphony, Downey Symphony, Southeast Symphony, Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Choir, Pasadena Master Chorale, and Angeles Chorale, among many others. She has performed with the Eastern Sierra Symphony at their annual Sierra Summer Festival since 2013. Rachel was featured as a soloist with the USC Thornton Symphony in 2014 with the premiere of an oboe concertino written for her by composer Clare Glackin.
Especially dedicated to chamber, early, and new music, Rachel has successfully managed to balance a performance career that satisfies all of her diverse interests. She was a finalist with the Pico Winds in the Coleman Chamber Music Competition, and has enjoyed chamber music fellowships at the Norfolk Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, Imani Winds Music Festival, and Pine Mountain Music Festival. On baroque oboe, Rachel has performed at the Berkeley Music Festival (sponsored by Early Music America), participated as a fellow in the American Bach Soloists Academy, and was also featured in Marcello’s Concerto in d minor with the Thornton Baroque Sinfonia. An avid fan of collaborating with composers, Rachel has commissioned and premiered a wide variety of new solo works for oboe. She was also featured (with Thornton EDGE) as a soloist in the first commercial recording of Frederick Lesemann’s Concertino for Oboe and Six Instruments, to be released in the near future.
Teaching is equally important to Rachel’s performance pursuits. She has taught music minors and non-majors at the University of Southern California, and also taught recorder classes to elementary students through the USC Thornton Outreach program. In addition to private teaching, Rachel has worked with oboists in the Esperanza Azteca Youth Orchestra, Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, The Harmony Project, and the Detroit Civic Youth Orchestra.
Rachel completed her doctorate at the University of Southern California, where she was a recipient of the Titi Najera de Mason scholarship, and received a special commendation for her academic focus in Music Education. She also completed her Masters of Music in Oboe Performance at USC, and graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Oboe Performance from the University of Michigan. Rachel’s primary teachers include Nancy Ambrose King, Allan Vogel, Marion Kuszyk, Joel Timm, David Weiss, and Erin Hannigan, and she has studied baroque oboe with Lot Demeyer and Paul Sherman. She is currently a proud resident of Echo Park, CA.
Biography for Rachel Lopez
Rachel is a native of Cuba. She was graduated from the Music Conservatory Amadeo Roldan in Havana with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance.
She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree at Cal State Los Angeles. She is the Principal Flutist for the Cal State LA Symphony Orchestra and the Olympia Youth Orchestra.
She has been with Caesura since the Fall of 2015. Rachel is the Teaching Artist for our woodwind students. In 2009 she won the competition for Young Soloists at Youth Symphony Orchestra Amadeo Roldan. In 2010 she won a scholarship to Art Institute of California.
Biography for Madalyn Parnas-Möller
Madalyn received her Artist diploma in Violin Performance in 2012 from the Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music. In 2013 she was awarded an Master of Arts with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music in London. She Returned to the Jacobs School of Music to complete her Master of Music Degree in 2015.
Ms. Parnas has concertized worldwide, performing as soloist with orchestra, chamber musician, and recitalist. Here recitals have been at such renowned performance spaces as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie, Tanglewood and the Heifetz Institute. She has performed with numerous orchestras both as a soloist and as Concertmistress (*) including: London Philharmonic (UK), L’Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire (France), Georgia Philharmonic (GA), New Music Ensemble* (IN), Saint Rose Chamber Orchestra*(NY), Cambridge Opera Orchestra* (NY).
She has had private violin students since 2006 and has been in the classroom since 2010. She has sought for Workshops, Master’s classes and Seminar Leader/Instructor since 2005.
Madalyn was married in mid-2016 and joined Caesura as a Teaching Artist for Strings in the Fall of 2016.