box office and patron services assistant
Olivia Salas, a native of Southern California, recently graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory. In her time at Oberlin, she earned a Bachelor of Music in Classical Double Bass Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience. She has studied music since age eight, and she is passionate about learning, playing and promoting all types of music. In the fall of 2014, she travelled to Vienna, Austria where she attended both the Institute for the International Education of Students and the University of Music and Performing Arts. She has studied with musicians from critically acclaimed ensembles such as the Cleveland, Rochester and Los Angeles Chamber orchestras, and the Los Angeles and Vienna philharmonics, and she has performed in a variety of ensemble and genre settings.
Olivia also strives to study other types of music, heavily focusing on Jazz, Latin, Caribbean, and Pop styles of bass performance. In the winter of 2013, she participated in a musicology field study in Indonesia, where she studied traditional Indonesian music performance and its cultural implications. Additionally, she is interested in the beneficial effects of music, and as an Oberlin College Research Fellow she worked in a neuroscience lab focusing on the potential of music education to serve as an alternative treatment of various mental health disorders.
Olivia has spent the last several years as a music educator and an advocate for supporting music within the classroom. In August of 2016, she began working with LACO as the organization’s Box Office and Patron Services Assistant. In this role she hopes to positively impact Los Angeles’ classical music scene by helping make music more accessible to a wider audience.
Olivia continues to teach private lessons and perform in several youth and community orchestras in the greater Los Angeles area. Her happy place is being surrounded by family and friends, but the beach is a close second.