Paola currently studies at California State University Long Beach (CSULB) where she works with the renowned musicians of the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music. She has earned her Bachelors of Music in Music Education with an option in Instrumental Music, and she has been accepted to the teaching credential program.
Paola has been playing cello for over 12 years and has been teaching cello privately for over 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 composers' pieces. In addition, Paola has had the opportunity to play music all across the spectrum including heavy metal, gospel music, jazz, musicals/plays, pop music, new/modern music and much more.
On campus, Paola is a member of the international women's music fraternity Sigma Alpha Iota, where she serves the Gamma Pi chapter as President, as well as in the Editor and Historian officer positions. 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.
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.