A Los Angeles native, Melia Badalian is an active performer across California. She is principal horn of the Long Beach Symphony and the Modesto Symphony, and holds section positions with the Santa Barbara Symphony, Symphony San Jose, and the Stockton Symphony. Melia has also appeared with the San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, New World Symphony, John Williams, Danny Elfman, and Josh Groban, among others.
She has spent her summers performing as a fellow with the National Repertory Orchestra and at the Aspen Music Festival. Melia earned degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (BM) and the University of Southern California (MM), where she studied with Robert Ward and Dr. Kristy Morrell, respectively.
Stephanie Stetson grew up in the Seattle area and while there studied with Anna Cloud and Christopher Leuba. She moved to Los Angeles and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Horn Performance from the University of Southern California. While there she had the privilege of studying with Jim Decker and Vincent DeRosa. She has been a free-lance musician in Los Angeles ever since. Stephanie regularly performs with the Pacific Symphony, LA Opera Orchestra, LA Philharmonic, Santa Barbara Symphony, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony and the Long Beach Municipal Band. She has performed in numerous Broadway shows at the Schubert, Ahmanson and Pantages Theatres such as: Wicked, Lion King, The Producers, Phantom of the Opera etc… She also has extensive studio recording experience in TV, radio, audio recordings and motion picture soundtracks.
Stephanie has been teaching at Azusa Pacific University since 2004 where she has taught Applied Horn, Horn Master Class, Horn Literature and Horn Pedagogy. She is a member of the APU Faculty WW Quintet. Since the beginning of 2010 she has also been teaching applied horn at Citrus College.
Stephanie is married with 4 children. She loves her family very much and enjoys the blessings of a good family and good music every day of her life.