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Called a 'gem of a ‘cello coach' by actor Samuel L. Jackson, Montana-born 'cellist & pianist Janice Foy shares her gifts through performance & teaching. She received special "Commendation from City Hall" for having championed American music globally, reflecting her goodwill tours abroad, multi-ethnic collaborations with Koreans, Croatians, Romanians, Germans, Polonia, including a Command Performance before HRH Prince Bandar bin Sultan, 2003. Additionally, Dr. Foy has recorded music for & appeared on "Friends", "Seinfeld","Alias", Disney’s “What about Brian?”, consulted for "ER", & served as a guest artist/lecturer on radio stations & college campuses. Her New American Quartet premiered the George Washington Quartet instruments to a sell-out crowd at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills through the Glendale Symphony.

Dr. Foy's interest in educating young people continues as she has had several after-school string programs in addition to having done many school assembly concerts in the Los Angeles Unified School District & Glendale Unified School District, throughout the years. Outside of the school venue, Janice ventured to hospitals & special needs centers bringing music to patients not able to create their own joy in addition to entertaining seniors at Westminster Gardens & the Westside Jewish Community Center. For UCLA's Neuropsychiatric Institute, Dr. Foy & her colleagues performed for the Semel Institute's Lunch Hour Concerts.

Dr. Foy serves as Principal ‘cellist in various orchestras, including the West L.A. Symphony, Korean L.A. Pilgrim Orchestra, the Pacific Pops Orch., & the Southern California Philharmonic Orchestra. She combines orchestral leadership roles with her chamber music activities & private teaching duties for string & piano students.

Janice earned her BA & MA in Music, ‘with Distinction’, from California State University, Northridge then in 1990, she received a Ph.D. in music from UCLA, where she specialized in Ethnomusicology. As founding Director of Bravo! L.A., an umbrella organization for her ensemble projects, Dr. Foy offers a treasure trove of string music for the Los Angeles area in a multitude of styles for all of life's occasions, from weddings to birthdays, to memorials! Many of the CDs on this site feature Bravo! L.A. musicians. Just shoot me an email if you want to order 1, 2 or all of them!

Dr. Foy hopes to organize a music school for the underserved who have no way of obtaining musical instruments nor have the funds to study music lessons with a professional teacher. The school would be centered in Los Angeles with satellite campuses around the world including a multi-ethnic/globally organized orchestra bringing all the schools together at various times throughout the year. The L.A. school would build musical bridges to all cultures regardless of race, creed, color, & economic circumstances. The overriding focus would be to learn music, make music with your neighbor, then share it globally.

Dr. Foy recorded the music of Lalo Schifrin for the newest Jackie Chan movie, Rush Hour 3 at Sony & Fox studios. The orchestra consisted of freelance musicians, members of various orchestras with an impressive array of virtuosi percussionists who added an exciting flavor to this latest Rush Hour series. It was a remarkable musical endeavor - in fact, Lalo Schifrin was a favored conductor of the Glendale Symphony (where I have tenure!) & we all hope one day the orchestra will come back to bring such performances as we had with the Three Tenors, & of course my favorite, with the late Luciano Pavarotti. All sell outs!

Dr. Foy is the new Principal 'cellist with the Southern California Philharmonic Orchestra under Maestro Jae Kyung Lee, a multi-ethnic orchestra featuring European, Korean, & all other styles of music, in addition to showcasing Korean opera stars. Janice performed under the baton of Angel Romero with Canadian Brass trumpeter Jens Lindemann, '08 as Principal 'cellist with the West L.A. Symphony. She was the featured orchestral delegate for Asso. California Symphony Orchestras, '06 when she represented the Glendale Symphony. Dr. Foy won an N.E.H. Affiliate Grant for her research on the "Mozart Effect" with two lecture-performances: Baldwin Performing Arts Center & the CSUN Performing Arts Center. Janice was the 'cello soloist on the newly recorded Glendale Forest Lawn's Death/Resurrection music, '07, with the Masters College orchestra.

In the Jazz field, Dr. Foy has performed on piano with the Happy Band, directed by Douglas Autrey; the Westside Jazz Kats headed by trumpeter Leon Wesley; the World Peace Orchestra as 'cellist, directed by guitarist Bill Skinner & more recently pianist with the Harold Kaye Dance Band. Along the 'jazz' theme Doc Foy collaborated with the great Bennie Maupin and his Ikeda Kings Orchestra in a special concert with Grammy winning pianist/composer Herbie Hancock, pictured here with Janice. Her string quartet, the New American Quartet joined in the concert and both received enthusiastic standing ovations. Truly this was a unique event for all of us.

Dr. Foy hopes to organize a music school for the underserved who have no way of obtaining musical instruments nor have the funds to study music lessons with a professional teacher. The school would be centered in Los Angeles with satellite campuses around the world including a multi-ethnic/globally organized orchestra bringing all the schools together at various times throughout the year. The L.A. school would build musical bridges to all cultures regardless of race, creed, color, & economic circumstances. The overriding focus would be to learn music, make music with your neighbor, then share it globally.

Dr. Foy recorded the music of Lalo Schifrin for the newest Jackie Chan movie, Rush Hour 3 at Sony & Fox studios. The orchestra consisted of freelance musicians, members of various orchestras with an impressive array of virtuosi percussionists who added an exciting flavor to this latest Rush Hour series. It was a remarkable musical endeavor - in fact, Lalo Schifrin was a favored conductor of the Glendale Symphony (where I have tenure!) & we all hope one day the orchestra will come back to bring such performances as we had with the Three Tenors, & of course my favorite, with the late Luciano Pavarotti. All sell outs!

I would love to hear from those interested in doing collaborative concerts in jazz, Classical, Baroque & multi-ethnic musical styles.

UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Newsletter Spring 2009

See Flamenco Fire! Solo 'Cello/Flamenco Dancer Duo featuring Jani Quintero as she dances to Ennio Bolognini's "Echo Serenade", for solo 'cello performed by Janice Foy. Videography by Konrad WilkClick here for YouTube video
 

 

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