Jenni Olson is an active orchestral and chamber music performer in the Los Angeles area. She is currently principal flute with the Stockton Symphony and second flute with the Long Beach Symphony and Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. As a freelance musician, Jenni has performed with prestigious groups such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera and Pacific Symphony. She also teaches flute at Citrus College and Music Appreciation at Pasadena City College. As a studio musician Jenni can be heard on dozens of soundtracks, commercials and records including recent works such as Ice Age 4, The Lorax, Men in Black 3, Night at the Museum 2 and Sex in the City 2. Jenni received her BA from California State University, Stanislaus where she studied with Caryl Mae Scott and received her MM and DMA from University of Southern California where she studied with Jim Walker.
As a solo recording artist Jenni has two solo albums. Her debut album titled Jenni Scott is available through CDbaby. Her second album, The Dreams of Birds, was released through Delos and is distributed by Naxos and can be found on Amazon or itunes. Forty Little Pieces is an educational project that gives aspiring flute players a solid tone concept as well as artistic interpretations of these popular works.
In regard to "The Dreams of Birds":
“It was my vision to utilize the auxiliary instruments like the piccolo, alto flute and bass
flute – thus creating a flute CD with the full array of tone colors that these different
instruments can provide.” -- Jenni Olson
Chamber music recordings featuring the standard concert flute abound. But few
explore the very different sonorities of other, lesser-known members of the flute
family: piccolo, alto flute and bass flute. Fewer yet (if any) offer works that showcase
them all, beyond music for flute choirs. But in this remarkable recording, flute
sorceress Jenni Olson plays all four instruments individually, in world premiere
recordings of vibrant new chamber works that were written specifically for her.
Jenni is blessed to know some of today’s finest composers, many of whom are well
known for their work in TV and film – and they are all Jenni’s dear friends and big fans,
who are delighted to compose music for her. Among her other friends and colleagues
are many of the Los Angeles area’s most in-demand performing musicians who have
gladly collaborated on this release. The result is beautifully performed chamber music
of tremendous appeal that will beguile listeners with arresting tone colors and timbres
that are totally new to them.