B i o g r a p h y
Shannon Canchola is a versatile flute performer from Southern California who has performed all around the state in a variety of different ensembles of different styles. Some of those ensembles include principal and supporting positions with the Redlands Symphony, the California Philharmonic, Kaleidoscope Orchestra, the Los Angeles Sinfonietta, the Desert Symphony, principal flute of the Center Stage Opera Company and second flute of the NUMI Opera Orchestra. With these groups she has had many notable performances at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Redlands Bowl, the Avalon Theater for the L.A. Music Awards, the California Theater, the Madrid Theatre, the Dolby Kodak Theatre, Zipper Hall, the McCallum Theatre, the National Association of Music Merchants in Anaheim, the Ambassador Auditorium, Balley's Event Center, the Paris Ballroom and many other venues in California, Las Vegas and Saudi Arabia.
She also performs regularly with many singers and choirs in the California including the multi Grammy Nominated and world famous Ariana Grande for the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, Grammy Nominated Michel Weir, San Diego North Coast Singers, the Los Angeles Children’s Choir, and the Donald Brinegar Singers to name a few. With some of these groups, Shannon has premiered works written specifically for those professional choirs by well-known composers Seth Houston, Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory as the soloist. This is not to mention her work with many of California’s top handbell choirs such as the LA Bronze. She has also performed with the multi Grammy Nominated composer John Daversa, notable performer jazz trumpeter Carl Saunders, and multiple award-winning pianist David Osborne.
Shannon has many commercial music credits for both recording and performing including being a member of World of War Craft Composer Jason Hayes’ Video Game tribute band Critical Hit that includes other band members cellist Tina Guo, and violinist Taylor Davis. With Critical Hit, Shannon performed at the Orpheum Theatre for Ubisoft's E3 Press Conference working directly with award-winning composer Grant Kirkhope for the premiere of a new video game "Mario + Rabbids." In addition to her work with video games, Shannon has also recorded for many films including award-winning short film Amusia and has also worked performing directly with Nintendo Company for their 50th anniversary of Super Mario. Another notable credit to her recording career includes the film "Off the Trail" and theme park rides in Abu Dhabi's Warner Bro. World. She has recorded and performed with many iconic international musicians including Iranian pop artist Aref Arefkia, violinist Bijan Mortazavi, Hengameh, Omid Soltani, Pouya Jalili Pour, youtube sensation Iranian pop-star Mansour Bahat Beraghsam, and alongside Leila Forouhar in Saudi Arabia for the 2020 Winter at Tantora Festival.
In addition to her solo career, she has had numerous small ensemble performances at Cal State San Bernardino, Fullerton City College, Pasadena City College, Classics at the Merc. in Temecula, Laguna Beach Live! Concert Series. Recently, with her chamber ensemble, ACE Trio, (which features Ryan Glass on clarinet and Jason Stoll on piano) they created their first album featuring music by Astor Piazzolla. They have also gone on to win the 2018 Beverly Hills National Auditions chamber ensemble competition. ACE Trio has participated in a multitude of recital series including at the Brand Library, the Music by the Sea Series in Encinitas, The Interludes in Torrance, the St. Matthew’s United Methodist Concert Series, Pasadena City College Guest Artist Series, and the Wrightwood Classical Concert Series where they were coined “Musical Tour de Force” by the Mountaineer Progress Newspaper. In the summer of 2019, ACE Trio was also deemed the Music Teacher Association of California's guest artist for their 2019 Convention in Santa Clara where they performed a recital, were the clinicians for master classes and premiered a triple concerto composed by their own member Ryan Glass.
Shannon obtained her masters degree at Cal State Northridge studying with Heather Clarke where she won 1st place for the Cal State Northridge Concerto Competition with a debut performance in December of 2016. She also studied with world-renowned flutist Sara Andon at University of Redlands and Jamie Pedrini at Pasadena City College. Other awards and accomplishments in the past have included a Semi-Finalist with the Classics Alive Artist Competition Young Artist National Audition in 2017, and an Honorable Mention for the Pyrenees Music Festival VI in 2017, Pasadena City College Student Honors Recital participant for 3 years, and 1st place for the Kathryn Teresa Thomas Memorial Music Scholarship competition. She also performed for the Music Teachers Association of California Convention Festival Recitals in San Diego, Burlington, and Riverside as a young flautist.
In addition to performing, Shannon is also the Professor of Flute at Cal Poly Pomona University, Citrus College and Los Angeles Pierce College and teaches an additional private studio at home. She also holds weekly flute master classes with numerous high schools, and is an official adjudicator for Music Teachers Association of California and for the San Diego Flute Guild Festival. Shannon has been teaching privately for over a decade and her students have moved on to win principal positions in youth orchestras and honor bands as well as winning positions in the Tournament of Roses Honor Band since 2016. Other students of hers have moved onto becoming music majors in many prestigious colleges including Indiana University.
"...Shannon Canchola's playing soars to new heights with her interpretations of contemporary flute music!"
-Kenneth Foerch, D.M.A
Associate Professor of Music - Pomona College
Director of Jazz Studies
Concert Band Conductor