Olivia Salas, bass 2001-2011
bio written 2017
Olivia Salas, a native of Moorpark, 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.
Olivia has studied with musicians from critically acclaimed ensembles such as the Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, and Vienna Philharmonic; and she has performed in a variety of ensemble and genre
Olivia is an alumnus of CVYO. Over her 10 years playing both double bass and cello with CVYO, she discovered her love for classical music and was able to develop the skills she needed to pursue her dreams of becoming a professional musician. She fondly remembers her time as a student with the organization, and she returns whenever she can to help coach and perform with the orchestra.
In addition to her performance pursuits, Olivia 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 the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra as the organization’s Box Office
and Patron Services Assistant. In this role, she works to positively impact Los Angeles’ classical music scene by managing outreach campaigns that strive to make music more accessible to a wider audience.