At home on stage, in the teaching studio, or on the conductor’s podium, Janelle Barrera brings a myriad of skills to the Flute. Janelle has been an active private instructor, clinician, and freelance musician for the past 19 years. She has performed throughout the United States and internationally in Taiwan and Mexico. She has been a finalist in several music competitions including the Coleman Chamber Music Competition, Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, and the San Diego Flute Guild's Artist Gold Solo Competition.
Janelle has studied Flute with Dr. John Barcellona, Thomas Robertello, Mark Sparks, and Sarah Jackson. In addition to attending the Aspen Music Festival on a full scholarship, she holds a BM in Flute Performance from CSU Long Beach and a MM in Flute Performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Bloomington. Janelle has been under the baton of conductors Zubin Mehta, Meli Mehta, David Zinman, Michael Stern, Alexander Trager, Sergiu Comissiona, and Maximiano Valdes.
Janelle has been Principal Flute of the Southern California Philharmonic since 2009 and is also a member of the ALLOY Wind Duo with her husband and saxophonist, James Barrera. She is also a substitute Flutist for the Hawaii Symphony in Honolulu. Janelle serves on the faculty of the Orange County School of the Arts, Savanna High School Band and Colorguard, and is the current President of the Los Angeles Flute Guild. She is also the founder of the Los Angeles Flute Guild's "Flüt Än-säm-bəl".
She has been a guest artist at the Long Beach Flute Institute, Tacoma Youth Symphony Association’s Evergreen Music Festival, San Diego Flute Guild’s Flute Festival and Summer Camp, and the San Francisco Flute Society’s Flutes by the Sea Master Class. Her mission is to promote music education and share her love and passion for the art of flute performance.
Janelle is an active member of the National Flute Association, Music Teachers National Association, and a certified Music Teachers’ Association of California Certificate of Merit Instructor. Janelle makes her home in Cypress with her husband, son, and three spoiled cats. She plays on a 14k Straubinger Handmade Flute.