Danielle Ondarza is a horn player based in Los Angeles. As a freelancer, she has performed with many orchestras in Southern California, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Los Angeles Master Chorale, as well as concert series and festivals such as Jacaranda and Hear Now. She has performed as principal in musicals at major venues such as the Pantages Theatre and Segerstrom Center for the Arts. In film and television, her credits include Finding Dory, Deadpool, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Suicide Squad, Once Upon a Time, Penny Dreadful, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Danielle played principal horn for Josh Groban on his Straight to You Tour, traveling for six months throughout the United States and Europe. She has also performed live with a variety of artists, including Andrea Bocelli, Mariah Carey, Natalie Cole, Frank Sinatra Jr., Lenny Kravitz, Alicia Keyes, Queen Latifah, Idina Menzel, Kanye West, and Juan Gabriel. Recording credits include dates for Mary J. Blige, Barry Manilow, Madonna, Sia, and Justin Timberlake.
As a dedicated teacher, Danielle is on the faculty of the Colburn School’s Community School of Performing Arts, Pasadena Conservatory of Music, Pomona College, and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She also coaches music students on the campuses of Oakwood Secondary School and Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and has served as a brass instructor for the Young Musician’s Foundation Mentor Program. Her students are regularly placed in local youth orchestras and honors groups, such as the Colburn Youth Orchestra, Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra, Claremont Youth Orchestra, All-Southern Honor Orchestra, and the All-Southern and All-State Honor Bands. And her graduates have been accepted to schools such as the Eastman School of Music and USC’s Thornton School of Music.
Danielle’s principal teachers were Richard Todd, Jerry Folsom, Vince DeRosa, Dr. Kristy Morrell, and James Decker. She earned her Bachelor of Music in Horn Performance and Master of Communication Management from the University of Southern California.