While its population is not much more than 40,000, Altadena is home to a surprising number of prominent Los Angeles area musicians. Mt Lowe Chamber Players was formed as a collective of these musicians with the objective of giving back to the foothill community in which they reside. While making reference to the Mt Lowe Railroad, MLCP will honor Altadena's cultural history and enrich its current artistic climate. Following a fund-raising concert in November 2019, we launched our inaugural season with a series of three free concerts at the Altadena Library. The Library generously underwrites these concerts. We also present free concerts at Altadena Community Church and Altadena Community Garden.
Planning Group & Artistic Directors
Phoebe Ray, Manager plays bassoon with the Wilder Trio, Trimotif Ensemble, and Burbank Philharmonic and plays Brazilian choro and jazz in a variety of groups. In the past, she has held positions with the Pasadena Pops, Pacific Symphony, Long Beach Opera, Long Beach Municipal Band, American Ballet and Joffrey Ballet Orchestras, Columbus Symphony, and Rochester Philharmonic. Phoebe was an Administrator and Grant Manager at Caltech for 38 years.
Monica Hubbard, Community Outreach Coordinator was the founding director of the Women's Glee Club at Caltech and held both state and national leadership positions with the American Choral Directors Association. She was a founder of Neighbors Building a Better Altadena, created two hyper-local weekly e-newsletters, and was named “Citizen of the Year” by the Altadena Chamber of Commerce, a Pasadena Weekly “Best Citizen,” and received awards from California state legislators representing Altadena in the Assembly and Senate, to name just a few of her many activities and community service awards.
Delores Bing, Co-Artistic Director directed the student chamber music program at Caltech for nearly 40 years. She also played cello and recorded for ensembles ranging from the LA Master Chorale and LA Chamber Orchestra, to motion picture soundtrack orchestras and Earth, Wind, and Fire.
Drew Dembowski, Co-Artistic Director A native Angelino, Drew has served as Principal Bass of the Santa Barbara, Ventura and Pacific Symphonies and since 1975 has been a member of the Pasadena Symphony. He has recorded over 1800 motion picture soundtracks with such illustrious composers such as John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Henry Mancini, Elmer Bernstein, Danny Elfman and the late James Horner. An avid cyclist, he also skis with passion and paraglides when time permits.
John Steinmetz, Co-Artistic Director teaches bassoon at UCLA; his compositions appear on sixteen CDs by various artists. John played bassoon for groups like LA Master Chorale, the Oregon Bach Festival, and LA Chamber Orchestra, and for soundtracks like Jurassic Park, Men in Black, Mouse Hunt, Far from Heaven, The Color Purple, and Family Guy.
Michele Zukovsky, Co-Artistic Director played clarinet in the Los Angeles Philharmonic for 54 years and is now teaching at Azusa Pacific, Cal State Long Beach, Pasadena Conservatory and Citrus College.