Paola is currently a student at California State University, Long Beach where she studies at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music with Professor Joon Sung Jun. She is working towards her Bachelors of Music in Music Education with an option in Instrumental Music, as well as her credential.
Paola has been playing cello for the last 12 years and has been teaching cello privately for the last 4 years. From time to time, she coaches sectional rehearsals and provides instrumental instruction at middle schools and high schools. Paola also mentors AB540 students that have a passion for music like herself. As a performing musician, Paola has been a cellist for different types of ensembles such as jazz ensembles, string quartets, chamber orchestras, and more. Paola also plays for church services, records music with the local musicians in her community, and plays local composer’s pieces. In addition, Paola has had the opportunity to play music all across the spectrum such as heavy metal, gospel music, jazz, musicals/plays, pop music, new/modern music and much more.
Raised in Orange County, Paola Anahy Falfan began her musical career at the age of 8 as a violinist. At the age of 11, she started playing the cello. While at Santa Ana High School, Paola was under the tutelage of many prestigious music educators and musicians, such as Dr. Frances Steiner, Lesa Terry, Munyungo Jackson, and many more. Upon graduating from high school, she attended Santa Ana College, where she studied with Manon Robertshaw and obtained her A.A. degree in Music.
Paola performs with Orchestra at the Beach, Studio Orchestra, New Music Ensemble, and the Amici Concert Artists Cello Ensemble at CSULB.
At school, Paola is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, an international women's music fraternity, where she serves the Gamma Pi chapter as both the Editor and Historian. Outside of school, she performs with Tonario Orchestra and Long Beach City College’s Symphony Orchestra. In addition, she works at Spotlight School of Music and occasionally collaborates with Bee’s Music School, Top Hat 8 Repertory, and Pacific Coast Conservatory.