Mrs. Loralee S. Brown
I began playing the cello in first grade with Caroline Worthington of the Montagnana Trio and then studied through college with Victor Sazer, faculty cellist at California State University, Long Beach. I played in the school orchestra every year from first grade to my senior year at Palisades High School, most often being the principal cellist. My favorite memories are playing “West Side Story” with the high school choir and playing Faure’s “Après Un Reve” in my senior talent show.
Outside of the public school orchestras, I played with Saint Augustin’s Youth Orchestra then Youth Symphony West with conductor Barry Brisk, and Santa Monica Youth Orchestra with conductors Manuel Compinsky and David Newman. During my senior year I played in the Palisades Symphony with conductor Joel Lish. I also attended Idyllwild School of Music and The Arts for two summers, The International Institute of Music in Taos, New Mexico, and Cal State Long Beach Summer Chamber Music Institute. From ages 17-25 I played with the American Youth Symphony under the direction of Mehli Mehta, where fundraising concerts included soloists such as Itzhak Perlman, Lynn Harrell, and Pinchas Zuckerman.
Currently I am a member of the Moorpark Symphony Orchestra and play occasionally during church services at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church.
I have experience teaching music to children, having raised a son to be a pianist who completed Level 8 of Certificate of Merit, and a violinist daughter, who is now a member of the University of California, Davis Symphony Orchestra. In addition, I completed 20 units of Early Child Development Classes towards an elementary teaching credential at Cal Lutheran University.
Playing the cello has provided me a lifetime of joy and I wish to share that with my students. I have completed the Suzuki Training for Cello Book 1 and absolutely love the philosophy of this program. I am looking forward to further training with the Suzuki Association and spreading the love of music to my students.