Called a ‘gem of a
‘cello coach’ by actor Samuel L. Jackson, Montana-born ‘cellist/pianist
Janice Foy, Ph.D., champions American music globally & will do so with ASCAP
composer Larry Mumford’s, “Rhapsody for ‘Cello and Orchestra”. She gave West
Coast premieres of Ginastera & Overton Sonatas with former L.A. Philharmonic
pianist Zita Carno, & with whom Dr. Foy formed, “Trio of the Americas.”
Clarinetist William Powell joined them for concerts throughout California. In
Croatia, Janice gave ‘goodwill’ concerts in the Dalmatia/Zagorije areas &
finished her Ph.D. research, “The Croatian Sacred Musical Tradition in Los
Angeles-History, Style and Meaning.” She has a Masters’ in ‘Cello Performance (CSUN)
with Honors & a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology, UCLA. Dr. Foy is on Executive Boards
for the L.A. ‘Cello Society; USC’s Friends of Polish Music; & directs the String
Scholarships for Phi Beta's Pi Iota Chapter. She holds Principal ‘cello
chairs in various orchestras & is a tenured ‘cellist with the Glendale
Symphony for whom she gave 63 concerts in the GUSD through the GSO Womens’
Committee. Dr. Foy has recorded music for & appeared on TV (Friends,
Seinfeld, Alias); consultant for ER; guest artist on all radio stations, & she
has lectured at many college campuses. She has won many awards as ‘cellist &
pianist, including an NEH Affiliate Grant for her research on the ‘Mozart
Effect’ & her Bravo! L.A. ensembles have been funded through L.A.
Cultural Affairs, the L.A. County Arts Commission, & the Recording Industries
Music Performance Trust Funds.
In 1997 she was
awarded Special Commendation “for her musical contributions” from the
L.A. City Council which included ethnic community outreach (Korean, Croatian,
Polonia), & establishment of Afterschool String programs. From ‘01-‘03 Dr. Foy
was the Glendale Brand Library’s Music Coordinator.
In a Command Performance for HRH Prince Bandar, Saudi Ambassador to the U.S., she performed Ennio Bolognini’s “Echo Serenade”, Sept. ‘03. The College Music Society chose her paper, “From the Pampas to the Bullring: ‘Cellist-Conveyor of the Tradition!” for their Intl. Meeting in Madrid, Spain '05. Dr. Foy was the Glendale Sym. orchestral delegate at the ‘05 Asso. Calif. Sym. Orchestras’ National Convention. Janice’s mission is to be an international music catalyst for change - bring music to the disadvantaged areas to offer hope & goodwill where little exists.
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