Amy Sanchez

  Lecturer -- Horn


With her dynamic personality as a performer and educator, horn player Amy Sanchez has developed a diverse career in Los Angeles that places her at the front of a new generation of multifaceted instrumentalists. She joined the faculty at UCLA as Lecturer of Horn in 2014. A member of the Fresno Philharmonic, Riverside Philharmonic, and the Pageant of the Masters Orchestra in Laguna Beach, Amy also performs with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Pasadena, Santa Barbara, New West, Long Beach, and Redlands Symphonies, LA Opera, LA Master Chorale, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, Golden State Pops Orchestra, and Muse/Ique, among others. Outside of Southern California, she has served as guest principal horn with the Monterey Symphony and Fresno Philharmonic, and has performed with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, Opera San Luis Obispo, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, and the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra.

Along with her active symphonic career, Amy was a featured soloist with the Tony and Emmy Award winning international touring show, Blast, and regularly collaborates on creative endeavors in jazz and other popular genres with Vardan Ovsepian (VOCE), Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Marcel Camargo (The Brazil You Never Heard), Geoff Gallegos (DaKah Hip Hop Orchestra), Yonatan Elkayam, and trumpeter Adam Rapa. Her brass trio, 3brass, released their first album, ‘An Offering’, in 2012, and are currently in production on their second album.

Amy is also an active studio musician, recording for motion pictures and television (including recent blockbuster ‘Jurassic World’ and Academy Award Winner for Best Original Score ‘Life of Pi’), and performing on pop, rock and jazz albums as diverse as Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ and Michael Buble’s Grammy Award winning album, ‘To Be Loved’. Amy recently recorded as a featured musician on an upcoming album by Scott Thomas of Ringside, recording with members of the band Ozomatli. She has also had the opportunity to perform live with artists such as Danny Elfman, Andrea Bocelli, Kanye West, Rhianna, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, and Inara George of the Bird and the Bees. Amy has performed internationally in Europe, Japan, Israel and India.

As an educator, Amy served as sabbatical replacement Horn Professor at Ithaca College in New York, and taught at the world-renowned Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. She is a Los Angeles Philharmonic Teaching Artist, partnering with public school music programs throughout the LA area. Amy also enjoys her work as the Horn Teaching Artist for Harmony Project/Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, supported by Gustavo Dudamel, and she maintains a private teaching studio as well.

Amy received her Bachelors Degree from Ithaca College in NY where she studied with Alex Shuhan (founding member of Dallas Brass and founding/current member of Rhythm and Brass) and her Masters Degree from the University of Southern California, where she worked with Richard Todd, (Principal Horn of the LA Chamber Orchestra and one of LA’s premier studio musicians). Studio legend James Thatcher was one of Amy’s mentors upon her arrival in Los Angeles, and she is honored to have joined the strong community of horn playing professionals there.