Amy Sanchez is a freelance horn player and educator in Los Angeles, California. Her brass trio, 3brass, released their first album, An Offering in 2012, and she currently serves as 2nd horn in the Riverside County Philharmonic. Amy's freelance work allows her to perform with classical orchestras and chamber ensembles as well as collaborate with jazz groups and other creative endeavors (with musicians such as Vardan Ovsepian, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, and Marcel Camargo). She is also an active studio musician, recording for motion pictures and television, and performing on pop, rock and jazz albums (most recently for Michael Buble). You can hear Amy on the notable films "Oz, the Great and Powerful", "Life of Pi", "Rise of the Planet of the Apes", and many others, as diverse as the Fox animated movie "Robots", and the Bollywood epic blockbuster "Jodhaa Akbar". Amy has been seen on the TV show "The Voice", performing with Trevin Hunte, "The Tonight Show" with Il Divo, and the NBA All-Star Game Halftime Show with Rihanna and Kanye West. She performs with the Pasadena, New West, and Redlands Symphonies, the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, LA Opera, LA Master Chorale, and many other ensembles throughout Southern California.
In the spring of 2012, Amy was invited to perform in Japan as a guest soloist with the show "Evolution", by Aimachi. She performed a 2 hour production with incredible musicians from around the globe, and with Adam Rapa, renowned trumpet player, and the show's creator.
As an educator, Amy currently spends some of her time as an LA Philharmonic Teaching Artist (working with students at Santa Monica High School, LA County High School of the Arts, and Glendale High School), and is the horn Teaching Artist for Harmony Project/Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles at the Expo Center (a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching music in under served areas). She also maintains a private teaching studio.
In the summer of 2008, Amy taught at the world-renowned Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. She taught Middle and High School horn students, coached chamber ensembles and led sectionals. She also performed with the Interlochen Faculty Brass Ensemble and was honored to be affiliated with horn colleagues Janine Gaboury, Bruce Henniss, Kelly Drifmeyer, Ellen Campbell, Lisa Bontrager, and Alex Shuhan.
In 2007, Amy had the opportunity to serve as Horn Professor at Ithaca College in NY, during regular Professor Alex Shuhan's sabbatical leave. She taught 19 horn majors, gave weekly Master Classes, held morning warm-up/fundamental sessions twice daily, and performed with the Faculty Brass and Woodwind Quintets. In addition, Amy gave a Trio Recital with violinist Byron Wallis (Paris freelance musician) and pianist Karl Lutchmayer (London Professor at the Trinity College of Music and guest lecturer at Juilliard), performing the Trios of Brahms and Ligeti. They even gave a surprisingly well-received, impromptu performance of the Ligeti Trio at a an open-mic night at the ABC Cafe, a local bar and vegan cafe in Ithaca. The slightly out-of-tune upright piano lent itself well to Ligeti, creating quite an ambiance in light of the usual poetry readings and acoustic guitar. In more "proper" venues, Amy performed with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic.
Previously, Amy spent two years as the horn soloist for the International Tour of the Broadway production, "Blast", performing and giving clinics throughout the United States, Canada, and Japan. The show's immense popularity in Japan has brought her back for subsequent summer tours as well. Amy has also performed in England, Ireland, India and Israel, and looks forward to future travels, focusing first on all other countries starting with the letter "I".
Amy is originally from the small village of Black River in Northern New York- and yes, it snows a lot there! She received her Bachelors Degree in Horn Performance and Music Education from Ithaca College where she studied with Alex Shuhan (founding member of Dallas Brass and founding/current member of Rhythm and Brass) and Bill Bernatis (currently UNLV). After traveling and performing for some time, Amy received her Masters in Horn Performance from the University of Southern California, studying with Richard Todd (currently University of Miami horn professor and Principal Horn of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra). She also spent several years studying privately with James Thatcher, one of LA's premiere studio horn players.