contrabassoonist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic who studied music at Cal
State, the Claremont Music Festival, the Music Academy of the West, the New
College Music Festival, and the University of Southern California Thornton
School of Music, where she earned a Masters degree in 1978. A year later, she appeared on the
Frank Sinatra boxed set, Trilogy.
In 1981, she
joined the L.A. Philharmonic.
She had previously been a member of the CETA Symphony, conducted by
Paul Senia, and the Long Beach Symphony, where
she occupied the principal bassoon chair.
September 1982, she appeared as a member of the New Wave Chamber Players as
part of the South Bay Chamber Music Society, Inc.’s concert series,
performing Mozart’s Sonata in B flat major, K. 292, with cellist
Daniel Rothmuller. Five years later, she was invited to
be a special guest at the Fairbanks Arts Festival in Alaska.
In the 1990s,
she returned to the recording studio as a session musician on David
Byrne’s The Forest and
Harry Connick, Jr.’s
When My Heart Finds Christmas.
She ushered in
the new millennium in Alaska, at the Sitka Music Festival this time,
performing a June 24 concert at Northern Light Church in Juneau. On 11th December 2005,
she helped premiere Damian Montano’s Concerto for Piccolo and
Contrabassoon on the West Coast with Susan Greenberg.
In the spring
of 2006, in concert with the Santa Monica Symphony, she gave a contrabassoon
demonstration to over one thousand elementary school students at the Santa
Monica Civic Auditorium.
It was not her
only foray into music education, as she has also been involved with the Los
Angeles Philharmonic Orchestral Training Program, and taught at Pomona
College and the University of California-Santa Barbara. She has also served as a member of
the Philharmonic’s Negotiating Committee.
In her copious
free time, Patricia also plays parties and weddings, and appears with the
New Music Group and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Chamber Music Society.