Laguna Flutes began performing in Fall 2013 under the direction of Cynthia Ellis. This group has been part of the musical community of Southern California, affiliated with the Laguna Beach Concert Band for many years prior to her leadership as well as with Orange County Music and Dance during their history.
Since that time they have grown from an ensemble of 6 to one with over 20 flutists, including Contrabass. Laguna Flutes was invited to perform at the National Flute Association Convention in 2021 and presented a digital concert prior to the Thursday evening gala.
Lauren Bergh is a Southern California native who enjoys playing flute, piccolo and bassoon in a variety of community ensembles in Orange and San Bernardino Counties. Lauren is proud to be a member for the Laguna Flutes for approximately 5 years.
Cheryl Lopez has an active freelance career and performs at various venues across Southern California. She holds a BM in Performance from California State University, Northridge. Cheryl is also a music educator with experience as a middle school band director. She has maintained a private flute studio since 2009, and is an active teacher and branch board member of the Music Teachers’ Association of California.
My name is Paige Tune. I am a member of The Laguna Flutes. I also play with The Riverside Concert Band. I studied flute at California State University Fullerton with Cindy Ellis. I also studied with Tracey Harris. I teach first grade in San Bernardino, California.
Georgia Higgins attended Kent State University as a flute education major. She is a long time member of the Long Beach Community Band and also enjoys playing saxophone in various small groups. She owns Long Beach Woodwinds where I teach private woodwind instruction. She is loving playing the bass flute with us.
Lisa Norton studied at the Eastman School of Music and played in the Tanglewood Orchestra. Now a retired attorney, she performs in various groups throughout Southern CA including Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic, Song of the Angeles Flute Orchestra, Flute Sonic Orchestra, and Laguna Flutes.
William Hsu graduated from UCLA with a degree in Applied Mathematics and a Masters in Education with a Single Subject credential in Mathematics. Currently, he’s a math and computer science teacher at Los Altos High School in Hacienda Heights, but with a passion for music, he plays contrabass flute for Laguna Flutes and the Game Music Ensemble (GME) at UCLA. During the early part of the pandemic, he also directed a virtual choir and orchestra for his church, as well as 2 virtual flute choirs with flutists from all around the world.
I have the privilege of playing contrabass flute with Laguna Flutes, Flutesonic Orchestra, Song of the Angels, and Pipe Dreams. It is a wonderful life!
Heather Hodges attended University of California Riverside and earned an MA from the American Band College at Southern Oregon University. She is retired from teaching elementary music in the Val Verde school district. She enjoys teaching, and chamber music. Heather plays bass flute with Laguna flutes.
Pamela Hodges Jones performs on flute and piccolo with the Laguna Flutes. She has a BM in Flute Performance and BA in Music Ed at CSU, Fullerton where she studied with Cindy Ellis. She has a MA from the American Band College at Southern Oregon University. She works in the Riverside USD where she teaches band, choir, guitar, and Mariachi. She has performed with many community groups and as a freelance musician throughout Southern California.
Karen Zelazo joined Laguna flutes in 2021. She earned her bachelor’s degree in music education from CSULB as a saxophone major, and a master’s degree in Music from American Band College. She recently retired from teaching junior high band and now works as a full-time freelance musician performing on clarinet, flute, and saxophone.
Donna Guiliano received the Music award at her high school graduation. She started playing again after 41 years encouraged by her daughter and her daughter’s teacher Cindy Ellis. She has been a member of the Laguna Flutes for the past 8 years, proving it’s never too late to do something you love.
Sophia Hernandez Lin has a BA in Music from UCLA with dual concentrations in Flute Performance and Music Education. At UCLA, Sophia studied with Sheridon Stokes, was a Gluck Fellow, and a founding member of the UCLA Flute Quartet. She also holds an MA in Education, and is the instrumental director at Pacific Avenue Academy of Music in Jurupa USD, teaching band, piano, guitar, and music technology. In 2021, Sophia recorded the shinobue (traditional Japanese flute) for the Lionsgate film ``The Protégé``.