Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Michael Scanza has performed under the batons of Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Bramwell Tovey, Roberto Abbado and others in venues ranging from the Walt Disney Concert Hall and Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, to Seiji Ozawa Hall and Carnegie Hall on the East Coast. An active freelancer, Scanza has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, New World Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, Manhattan Symphonie, and Topanga Philharmonic among others. Equally proficient in teaching, Mr. Scanza has served for the last three years as the head of brass at the Esperanza Azteca Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles. He also teaches regularly for The Harmony Project, Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (YOLA), and maintains a private studio. While not teaching or performing, Scanza enjoys cycling, swimming, and other outdoor activities. Michael received his Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University, and in 2012 his Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, being awarded the Cecil Collins Award for Excellence in Brass Performance. Scanza currently resides in Pasadena, California.