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Join bassoonist Christin Phelps & flutist Michelle Matsumune as they perform in the museum’s Steele Gallery.

Live! at the Museum is presented in partnership with Laguna Beach Live!
Please arrive early and enjoy the museum’s gallery and social time.

Advance tickets recommended. FREE for Laguna Art Museum members and Laguna Beach Live! Members
Non-members: $14 per person


About the Artists

Christin Phelps Webb and Michelle Matsumune

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. 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.

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.

Flutist Michelle Matsumune is a fourth generation Californian and an avid chamber music performer. She resides in the Los Angeles area and currently performs as a soloist as well as freelance flutist with other groups throughout Southern California. 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 15 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.

In the recent past, Michelle has concertized regularly with the woodwind trio Ceora Winds. 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.

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