Cello, Assistant Principal
Wendy Velasco is an active freelance cellist in the Los Angeles area. She completed her undergraduate education with a Bachelor of Music, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Southern California. Previous instructors include: Eleonore Schoenfeld, from USC; Bernard Greenhouse, of the famed Beaux Arts Trio; Harvey Shapiro, from the Juilliard school; and Vladimir Orloff, from the University of Toronto. In addition to performing with the New West Symphony, she has performed for movies and television shows and with such area ensembles as: the Pacific Symphony, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Long Beach Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, and the Mozart Camarata. For many years, she was the personnel manager for the Riverside County Philharmonic. She has performed with such artists as Pinchas Zuckerman, Anne Akiko Meyers, Sarah Chang, Philippe Quint, Lara St. John, Anton Kuerti, Angela Cheng, Christoper O’Riley, Arnaldo Cohen, Vassily Primakov, Jens Lindemann, Jon Nakamatsu, Yakov Kasman, Gil Shaham, The 5 Browns, Andre Bocelli, Van Cliburn, Cho-Liang (Jimmy) Lin, Robert Thies, Stewart Goodyear, Jan Jiracek, Corey Cerovsek, Andrew von Oeyen, and many others.