Shelly Suminski received a Bachelor of Music in Trombone Performance from the University of Southern California as the 2007 recipient of the Robert Marsteller Outstanding Brass Musician Award. In 2009, she earned her Master’s Degree at the California Institute of the Arts, studying under James Miller, Associate Principal Trombone of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
As an active freelance musician in Southern California, Ms. Suminski has performed with many local orchestras and musical theater companies in the region and with the Macao Orchestra in China. In addition to classical performance, Shelly also performs and tours with local rock and big bands, and has recorded for film, television and other media projects. Her career has led her to play in major venues across the United States, Middle East, and Asia. She has shared the stage with renowned musicians and entertainers such as John Williams, Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Emanuel Ax, Will Ferrell, and the band One Direction.
Devoted to music education, Suminski has been involved with non-profit organizations in the Los Angeles area since 2005. She has worked with music organizations such as the Young Musician’s Foundation, USC’s JazzReach program, and Los Angeles Philharmonic’s YOLA at EXPO in Los Angeles. In addition to teaching at the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts, she is currently on the faculty of the award-winning Harmony Project in Hollywood, CA. Presently, Shelly is serving as the Vice President of the Board for the Kodály Association of Southern California.