Angel Velez, Co-founder/Director
Angel Velez enjoys a career balanced between the studios of Los Angeles, guest conducting and teaching. Velez has extensive experience as an orchestral conductor working with orchestras such as the Augsburger Philharmoniker (Germany), Berlin Sinfonietta (Germany), Budapest Symphony (Hungary), Cape Cod Symphony (USA), Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rhineland-Pfalz (Germany), Boca del Rio Philharmonic (Mexico), Illinois Valley Symphony (USA), Indianapolis Symphony (USA), Moravian Philharmonic (Czech Republic), Puerto Rico Symphony (USA), Rousse Philharmonic (Bulgaria), Los Angeles studio ensembles and many others.
Velez serves as conductor of the Santa Monica Chamber Orchestra, artistic director and conductor for Silent Films LIVE, a live-to-film concert series benefiting Education Through Music - Los Angeles, as well as conductor for the recent Silent Films LIVE album with the Varèse Sarabande Chamber Orchestra at Capitol Studios. He served as conductor for the L.A.-based ensemble, Helix Collective in addition to serving as conductor for the Los Angeles Live Score Film Festival, American Society of Cinematographers Awards at the Dolby Theatre, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Centennial Gala and many others. He has recorded for the Südwestrundfunk (SWR) in Germany and Varèse Sarabande Records labels. He continues to work professionally in the entertainment industry where he has worked on projects such as Family Guy, Green Book, James Bond: Goldeneye for Wii, Jane the Virgin, Madison, My Week with Marilyn, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, The Mandalorian, Tatort and others as well as recently conducting the world-premiere concert performance of the Marvel franchise hit movie, Captain Marvel.
A devoted advocate for education, Velez also runs the Los Angeles Film Conducting Intensive, a conducting workshop co-founded with composer/conductor David Newman. These professional development workshops are designed specifically for media composers to provide conductor training under the tutelage of some of the industry's finest teachers. Velez has taught these workshops with renown faculty members Jorge Mester, David Newman, Conrad Pope, William Ross and who's alumni consist of some of the most recognized works for film, television and video games in the world. Velez has held teaching positions at Taylor University, Marian University and Santa Monica College as well as hosted numerous masterclasses and workshops with artists such as Time for Three, Stephen Hough, Alison Balsom, Gabriela Lena Frank, Jake Shimabukuro, Kevin Kiner, James Beckel and others. During his time in Indianapolis, he also worked extensively in community outreach with the Consulate of Mexico-Indianapolis in creating local performances celebrating Mexican history as well as developed strong relationships with local schools, serving as guest speaker or clinician. Velez also maintains a strong relationship with the University of Southern California where he has worked with the USC Thornton Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. He also presented on the topic of Conducting to Picture at the Oxford Conducting Institute International Conducting Studies Conference 2019 at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Australia.
Velez serves as an Associates Board Member for Education Through Music-Los Angeles, Advisory Board Member for the Academy of Scoring Arts and music consultant for the Ventura County Arts Council. He is the recipient of the 2014 American Prize in Orchestral Conducting-Youth Orchestra Division, was selected Assistant Conductor, Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra/Music Director, Cape Cod Youth Orchestra and was a semi-finalist for the 2016 International Conductors' Competition-Augsburg in Germany. He studied extensively with conducting pedagogues Donald Thulean and Kenneth Kiesler, holds degrees from Butler University, Berklee College of Music and University of Southern California. He lives in Southern California and enjoys learning about wine and surfs every chance he gets.