As an Ethnomusicologist I have experienced the rich treasures of music all over the globe and enjoyed collaborating with fellow musicians in all types of venues and countries. As a teacher I look forward to enriching more lives with my expertise as a ‘cellist/pianist and hope my students will then pass on what they have learned to others. Finally, I hope that as a performing artist I will help with others in my field to create what the world needs now: hope, peace, and love for all. Music is the ultimate healing solution to all of humankind’s problems.
Called a 'gem of a ‘cello coach' by actor Samuel L.
Jackson, Montana-born 'cellist & pianist Dr. Janice Foy, shares her gifts
through performance & teaching. She received special "Commendation from City
Hall" for having championed American music globally, reflecting her goodwill
tours abroad, multi-ethnic collaborations with Koreans, Croatians, Romanians,
Germans, and Polonia, in addition to a Command Performance before HRH Prince
Bandar Bin Sultan, 2003. Additionally, Dr. Foy has recorded music for and
appeared on "Friends", "Seinfeld","Alias", Disney’s “What about Brian?”,
consulted for "ER", and served as a guest artist/lecturer on radio stations plus
college campuses. Her New American Quartet premiered the George Washington
Quartet instruments to a sell-out crowd at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills through
the Glendale Symphony.
Dr. Foy's interest in educating young people continues as she has had several after-school string programs in addition to having done many school assembly concerts in the Los Angeles Unified School District & Glendale Unified School District, throughout the years. Outside of the school venue, Janice ventured to hospitals & special needs centers bringing music to patients not able to create their own joy, in addition to entertaining seniors at Westminster Gardens & the Westside Jewish Community Center. For UCLA's Neuropsychiatric Institute, Dr. Foy & her colleagues performed for the Semel Institute's Lunch Hour Concerts.
Dr. Foy has served as Principal ‘cellist in various orchestras, including: the West L.A. Symphony, under various conductors including Angel Romero; the Korean L.A. Pilgrim Orchestra under Maestro Jae Lee; the Pacific Pops Orch. under Shelly Cohen; & the Southern California Philharmonic Orchestra, under Maestro Jae Kyung Lee and Center Stage Opera. Currently she is Principal ‘cellist in Symphony 47, under Maestra Eimear Noone. She combines orchestral leadership roles with her chamber music activities while offering private lessons for both ‘cellists and pianists of all ages and abilities. Dr. Foy has also coached several local Youth orchestra ‘cello sections, including CSUN’s Youth orchestras, under Dr. Roscigno.
Janice earned her BA & MA in Music, ‘with Distinction’, from California State University, Northridge then in 1990, she received a Ph.D. in music from UCLA, where she specialized in Ethnomusicology. As founding Director of Bravo! L.A., an umbrella organization for her ensemble and solo projects, Dr. Foy offers a treasure trove of string music for the Los Angeles area in a multitude of styles for all of life's occasions from weddings, to birthdays, to memorials! Many of the CDs on this site feature Bravo! L.A. musicians. Just send me an email if you want to order 1, 2 or all of them!
Dr. Foy recorded the music of Lalo Schifrin for the Jackie Chan movie, Rush Hour 3 at Sony and Fox studios, just before the Glendale Symphony died. The orchestra consisted of freelance musicians mostly from the GSO and some from other orchestras, plus an impressive array of virtuosi percussionists who added an exciting flavor to this Rush Hour series. It was a remarkable musical endeavor - in fact, Lalo Schifrin was a favored conductor of the Glendale Symphony (where I had tenure!) & we all hope one day the orchestra will come back to bring such performances as we had with the Three Tenors, and of course my favorite, with the late Luciano Pavarotti. All sell outs! Unfortunately, due to financial issues, the orchestra is no longer active, but I hope as we all do, that it will flourish again sometime in the future.
Collaborating with the great Yo Yo Ma for his Wadsworth solo ‘cello recital in 1994 was a day Dr. Foy will cherish forever. Professor John Hall, from UCLA, asked her if she would like to give the pre-concert lecture for Mr. Ma’s recital. She accepted the invite and all of this happened following the ’94 earthquake and her dad’s stroke. Unexpectedly she also got to play Mr. Ma’s 'cello as he requested to hear the acoustics of the hall. It was a fabulous experience for all and Dr. Foy appreciated the graciousness of the great Yo Yo Ma. This past summer Janice reconnected with Yo Yo after his appearance at the Hollywood Bowl, in 2014. He remembered her after all these years! Dr. Foy hopes she will have more opportunities to work with Mr. Ma.
Janice performed under the baton of Angel Romero with Canadian Brass trumpeter Jens Lindemann, '08 as Principal 'cellist with the West L.A. Symphony. She was the featured orchestral delegate for Asso. California Symphony Orchestras, '06 when she represented the Glendale Symphony. Dr. Foy won an N.E.H. Affiliate Grant for her research on the "Mozart Effect" with two lecture-performances: Baldwin Performing Arts Center & the CSUN Performing Arts Center. Janice was the 'cello soloist on the newly recorded Glendale Forest Lawn's Death/Resurrection music, '07, with the Masters College orchestra. A few years later, Dr. Foy was invited by Kaiser Volunteer Services to present her research on the music and brain connection in downtown LA.
In the Jazz field, Dr. Foy has performed on piano with the Happy Band, directed by Douglas Autrey; the Westside Jazz Kats headed by trumpeter Leon Wesley; the World Peace Orchestra as 'cellist, directed by guitarist Bill Skinner & more recently as pianist with the Harold Kaye Dance Band. (Mr. Kaye passed away in 2015 and we all send our blessings to this wonderful man.) Along the 'jazz' theme, Doc Foy collaborated with the great Bennie Maupin and his Ikeda Kings Orchestra in a special concert with Grammy winning pianist/composer Herbie Hancock. Her string quartet, the New American Quartet joined in the concert and both received enthusiastic standing ovations. Truly this was a unique experience for all in 2008. The concert took place at the SGI Center in Santa Monica for their World Peace concert.
In the summer of 2013, Dr. Foy was able to organize a new group of 8 ‘cellists using her original name of Cellissimo! L.A. She organized the new version of Cellissimo! L.A. to perform with the outstanding vocalist, Hope Foye, whom she met while at a friend’s concert. Janice continues to be connected with Hope, as best she can, despite the large distance geographically with her in San Pedro. The event at the Mayme Clayton Library/Museum was a huge success and it actually marked, to the day, when Hope had performed the same work, Aria by Villa Lobos, with Pablo Casals’ very own ‘cello ensemble, 50 years ago. Hope was unfortunately black-listed during the McCarthy era and was forced to pursue her vocal career outside of the United States. She became a highly successful singer and coaches young singers today, even at the age of 94!
Janice thoroughly enjoyed her Principal ‘cellist spot when performing with the great singers in the Center Stage Opera company. The talented singers were always remarkable and every so often they would bring in guest singers from the MET.
Dr. Foy serves on the Symphony 47 Orchestral Board and was one of the founding members of Symphony 47, back in 2011. They are currently waiting to put up their Kickstarter video and then fundraising will begin so they will be able to give their first concert in 2016, to be presented at Local 47, their home base. Dr. Foy is the External Orchestral Liaison and their Principal ‘cellist. Janice performed with Robin Geselowitz, guitarist, for the Center for Early Child Education in West Hollywood, for their special Christmas concert or Winter Sing, on December 18, 2015. At the recommendation of Dr. Foy's talented harptist friend Heather Jenkins, she put Janice in touch with Robin to create a unique Duo for the CEE's Winter Sing concert for 2015. It was a rousing success! Janice looks forward to more collaborations with the talented faculty of CEE in the years to come.
Starting out the New Year, 2016, Janice will be forming a new ensemble, Joyful Spirits, that will be a string group with optional piano. In other words, out of this group, there could be a string duo, string trio, string quartet, etc., and all of these could be joined by a wonderful pianist, such as Louise King!
Janice would love to hear from those interested in doing collaborative concerts in Jazz, Classical, Baroque & multi-ethnic musical styles.
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This is an 'East European Medley' which
includes: Serbian tunes - "Tamo Daleko" and "Ima Dana" followed by the
Croatian tune "Jos Nijedan Zagorec"; then "Oci Cornije," a Russian tune;
followed by a Hungarian Csardas, "Moja Mala Nema Mane." Janice put this
medley together of her favorite tunes, following her many trips to
various parts of Eastern Europe - before and after Croatia gained its
Musical program for CSUN
Chinese "New Year of the Monkey" DINNER - FEB. 21,
Mr. Arnold Steinhardt, 1st violinist from the now retired Guarneri
Janice was invited by a mutual friend, Mr.
Dan Brodsley, pianist, to sightread through some duos with the visiting
artist Mr. Arnold Steinhardt, who was the first violinist from the
Guarneri String Quartet. This is a portion of the
Andante con moto section (on a theme of G. Fr. Handel), by Prinus
This is the Bohuslav
Martinu Violin Duo No. 1, 1927, and the clip here starts
about halfway through the Preludium and goes up to the first few bars of
the Andante section.
Here is a clip that
begins at the end of the Preludium, around the beginning of
the Andante section where we left off before, and then the clip goes all
the way to the end. It is funny and actually great that Mr. Steinhardt
says, "very strange" at the very end. How appropriate a comment he
made, even in this day and age!
Corey Whipple, a 3rd year Comparative Literature Major at UCLA
interviewed Dr. Foy regarding her musical career, and then wrote a great
article, "Providing Positivity - The Inspiring Musical Career of Dr.
Janice Foy," which came out in the Spring of 2016. It is also available
on The Paper MixTape website. Corey enjoys writing and always aims to
inspire. He hopes to attend law school after obtaining an undergraduate
degree while at UCLA. If you click on this link, you may also read
other articles in The Paper MixTape Magazine for the Spring issue -
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