While the museum is not yet open for public programs, we are pleased to offer a “virtual concert,” filmed inside the galleries, presented in partnership with Laguna Beach Live!
On Thursday, May 13, we welcome bassoonist Christin Phelps Webb and flutist Michelle Matsumune.
Christin Phelps Webb
Bassoonist Christin Phelps Webb is a freelance chamber and orchestral musician based in Los Angeles. Originally from Fairfax County, Virginia, Christin relocated to California after attending the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara.
While she frequently performs with top Southern California orchestras and is in demand as a studio musician, Christin’s passion is performing chamber music. She has been a member of several popular ensembles including Orion Winds, Ceora Winds, and the New Chamber Ensemble. Christin was featured on Ceora Winds’s debut album “Postcards” and was praised for her “perfectly even fast articulations and rich even tone” by The Double Reed. She is also noted for playing bassoon and contrabassoon on the critically acclaimed album by Jenni Olson, “The Dreams of Birds,” released on the Delos label.
Christin maintains a private teaching studio in the San Fernando Valley, conducts clinics and masterclasses, and will soon publish several of her chamber music arrangements that have been performed and recorded by Ceora Winds.
She holds degrees in music performance from Indiana University and the Peabody Conservatory, where her principal teachers were Sidney Rosenberg and Linda Harwell; she also studied at the University of Southern California with Stephen Maxym and Judith Farmer.
Hailed as “possessing rich, mellow flute playing, lovely lyrical style, and excellent breath control” by ClassicsToday.com, flutist Michelle Matsumune is a fourth generation Californian and an avid chamber music performer. She resides in the Los Angeles area and performs as a soloist as well as freelance flutist with groups throughout Southern California.
In the recent past, Michelle has concertized regularly with the woodwind trio Ceora Winds, which released its debut album “Postcards” in 2014. Michelle has also released two albums with the Resonance Flute Consort, the award-winning “Lights, Camera, Flutes,” as well as the Christmas album “Flute Tootin’ Yule,” on which she recorded on flute, alto flute, and piccolo. With the flute and harp group Duo Arioso, Michelle released an album of medieval music, “Cantico,” to critical acclaim.
She performs as singer and flutist for both the choral group Wagner Ensemble and the Independent Opera Company. As a soloist, Michelle has performed flute concerts in Europe, Mexico, and throughout the United States, and at music festivals in Mexico City and Geneva, Switzerland. She toured as the featured soloist with the Southern California Balinese Gamalan Group, and has worked closely with many contemporary composers including James Tenney, Eugene Kurtz, Adrienne Albert, and Nancy Bloomer-Deussen. She is married to composer Mat Matsumune, and has premiered all of his flute works.
In 2020 Michelle created FluteWave, a YouTube channel for relaxing and meditative music, currently featured on the meditation app Insight Timer.
Michelle studied flute with Peter Lloyd at Indiana University as an undergraduate and later received her MFA at California Institute of the Arts with Rachel Rudich. She acted as Woodwind Coach for the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra for fifteen years, and is currently the Flute Coach for Upland High School, flute instructor at the Claremont Community School of Music, and maintains a private teaching studio.
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