Dear LAVC Wind Ensemble Members,

I hope you’re all having a wonderful and restful summer.

I’m Lori Musicant, and I’m taking over the LA Valley College Wind Ensemble this fall. I’ve met most of you sometime in the past year or two, as I’ve been helping Chauncey Maddren out as needed by subbing in the clarinet section, guest conducting, etc., and I’m really excited to have the chance to work with the group this year.

You’ve likely heard from Chauncey by now that this class is in danger of being canceled for this fall due to low enrollment. As of today, the enrollment is still very low, and I’m writing to see if I can convince more of you to please enroll today, if you haven’t done so already.

Music 751 – Wind Ensemble

Course number: 11103

Older Adult 751CE – Community Wind Ensemble

Course number: 23100

This is also a great time to spread the word to friends who might also be looking for a place to play this fall. We need to get these numbers up as soon as possible. This is a wonderful group with a great history and I’d hate to see it go away.

Please feel free to get in touch with any questions, and again, I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to work with you.


Lori Musicant

Los Angeles Valley College

Greetings LAVC Wind Ensemble!

In late-May, I was elected President of the LAVC Academic Senate. This position includes many new responsibilities, but also involves me giving up some of my teaching duties. So, it is with a heavy heart that I’m announcing that I’m stepping down as director of the LAVC Wind Ensemble. I’m sooooooo going to miss making music with you. Over the past five years, we’ve taken on much challenging repertoire and you have always been there with me and risen to meet the challenges of these difficult pieces. It has been enjoyable, interesting, . . . . and totally worth it! Our last concert was so fun! Many people commented on the “fun-ness” of the repertoire, and I think it was one of our biggest audiences.

Someone some of you already know will be taking over my post. Lori Musicant, who has performed with us as part of the clarinet section, as a soloist, and as a guest conductor, will be taking over the baton. Under her more-than-capable direction, I’m sure the ensemble will thrive and grow. In the past, Lori directed the wind ensemble at Los Angeles City College and is currently directing the instrumental program at John Muir middle school in Burbank. With a breadth of experience, Lori is a musician of impeccable talent and musical skill. I hope you will welcome her and continue on with the ensemble under her direction.

Although this is “sorta goodbye” it’s not really goodbye for good. I’ll still be at Valley College and in the LAVC Music Department. So, if you need to contact me, or have questions for me, please feel free to contact me. I’ll be working closely with Lori at first and I plan on attending some of the concerts so I hope to see you all then.

Thank you again for all your hard work and dedication.

Chauncey – aka Professor – Maddren

Hello Everyone!

Well, it’s finally in place! There is now a section of the wind ensemble class that can be repeated over and over again. That means that those of you who have exceeded the maximum number of times (4) that you can take Music 751 – Wind Ensemble can sign up for this class! And, the new class can be repeated up to 99 times, so repeatability is virtually unlimited!

Here’s the information on the new course:

Course Name: Community Wind Ensemble
Course Number: OLD ADL 751CE

Section Number: 28368

You’ll notice that the course number is in the “OLD ADL” (Older Adult) category. That means that you will NOT find it under “Music” in the Schedule of Classes. However, you can use the information I’ve given above to enroll in the class.

I’d appreciate it if everyone who previously was unable to enroll due to repeatability sign up for this class. We need a good showing with this new class to show our administration that there IS interest in this class and that the limits on repeatability have been keeping students from enrolling.

Some of you who haven’t enrolled in a long time may need to re-apply to the college. I know that this process can be somewhat annoying, but it really will help us keep the wind ensemble going if we have a bunch of people enroll. So, please bear with the difficulties. If there’s anything I can do to smooth things over, let me know.

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