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Mackenzie Jones

Mackenzie Jones is a performer, composer, and teacher residing in Norwalk, California. She holds a Bachelor of Music in oboe performance from California State University, Fullerton where she studied under oboists Dr. Lawrence Tim, Jessica Pearlman and Rong-Huey Liu. She is currently earning her Master of Music in composition at Azusa Pacific University under the guidance of Dr. Phil Shackleton. At both universities Mackenzie received full tuition scholarships for her contribution as principal oboist in their major ensembles. 

Outside of the university Mackenzie performs as a freelance oboist, guitarist, and bassist in the Southern California area. She is the Director of Music for the Chinese Christian Church of Los Angeles’ multiethnic service where she gets to employ her enthusiasm for ethnodoxology by learning, performing, and teaching music from many cultures.

As a composer Mackenzie writes, records, and produces both in the classical and pop genres. All of her music incorporates the use of technology, whether for live performance or in the realm of production. She recently finished a piano sextet and is in the process of recording the third single of a three part musical reflection on Soren Kierkegaard’s Works of Love.

Mackenzie specializes in Logic Pro software and works as the Azusa Pacific Symphony’s project manager, Logic Pro educator and mixing engineer. Through her assistance the orchestra has released full ensemble and chamber works through remote recording procedures. 

Mackenzie believes that to be a musician is to be a teacher. Her goal is to give her students the autonomy to perform and create music that they love.