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If no one else notices
- I will notice.
The details matter... always.
Positivity changes everything.



My mission in life is to be an excellent role model, especially for women and girls.  We all play a role in lifting each other up, and moving forward.

I believe we become who we are from accessible people in our lives who inspire and encourage us. 

I am always striving to make positive change in my community.


A little more about me...

I love recommending my friends for great gigs.  I believe you can never have too many connections and that there are great people worth knowing in this world.  

Playing music changed my life and shaped my direction and views. I strongly believe in arts education and advocate for it whenever possible.

I believe we can always learn more.  Be a lifelong student.  It will make you happier.  Be interested in what you don't know, and be open minded.  I believe we all have something important to teach others.  Mentor someone.



Short Bio:

USC 2x Alumna, Southern California based, Alaskan grown, Serial Volunteer & Philanthropist, Leader, Professional PR & Communications Manager, Team Builder, Director of Operations & Concerts, Live Music Production Stage Manager, Event Manager, Saxophonist, Executive Producer, Connection-Maker, Lifestyle-Taste-maker,  Writer, Life-Student, Mentor, Educator, Musician, Crossfit Athlete, Golf Enthusiast, Devoted Wife, Responsible Dog Owner & Coffee Lover


Main Gig:

Director of Concerts & Production & Operations

USC Thornton School of Music

Director of Production

Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, 2016 & 2012

Executive Producer

Special events & concerts for USC Thornton School of Music & KUSC

recent: USC University Village Opening Gala, USC Trustees Conferences, USC Widney Galas, USC Thornton Charles Dickens Dinners, KUSC Celebrating Zev, special concerts featuring promentent artists everyone from Steve Miller, Yo-Yo Ma to to the Beach Boys and Elton John.

upcoming: West Side Story & Popular Music evening for USC Trustees, KUSC Celebrating Jim Svjeda

Visit my LinkedIn Profile for more Professional Endeavors & Details!

Sideline Gigs:

Saxophone, Horn Sections

Michelle Maestas Simonsen is an alum of international arts school Interlochen Arts Academy and the USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles.  She is classically trained and jazz and pop influenced.  Michelle studied with great players including Bill Sears, Kim Richmond, Bob Sheppard, Jim Rötter, Jason Goldman and many others.  Based in Los Angeles she produces many annual concerts and plays pop and commercial music.  Her bands and horn sections are seen all over Southern California. Notably, the Red Light Brass Band released a holiday EP December 2018. Another album in the works to be released in 2019. RLBB is looking forward to its 3rd season with the Orange County Fair and a number of corporate performances. Another ensemble, West Coast Edition recently opened the Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach.  Michelle’s horn sections mixed gender and all female have been seen and heard all over Los Angeles. She also is seen playing with DJs from Los Angeles to San Diego to Las Vegas.

Simonsen Sounds (full service consulting and live ensemble booking for events)

West Coast Edition (Event, Party, Corporate Band)

Red Light Brass Band

Trumpet, Los Angeles Lakers Band

Private and Non-Profit Events Coordination

Event Music Contractor

Private Ensemble Management

Festival Consulting


EXPERTISE HUSTLE: as THE BOSS NEW MEDIA under Simonsen Sounds (as of 2017)

Authentic Social Media & Brand/ImageStrategy

Social Media, PR, Positioning & Marketing Consulting for non-profits, small businesses, and personal image 


Giving back to the community:

Founding board member of the USC Society of Trojan Women,  formed in 2013, a USC Women's Philanthropy that combined the two historic groups Trojan Junior Auxiliary and Town & Gown Jr. League of Los Angeles.  Two years later in 2015, Town & Gown Jr. League of Orange County also committed to join with USC STW and 2 scholarship endowments were formed to give to students at USC annually.  Proud to have helped combined the groups and get two endowments set-up for student scholarships (over $200,000).

2017-18 Junior League of Pasadena Marketing Chair

2016-17 Junior League of Pasadena Active Member, Provisional Committee

2016-17 USC Alumnae Coordinating Council Communications Chair

2014-16 USC STW Board Member serving as the Marketing Chair

2015-16 USC Alumnae Coordinating Council Secretary

2015 USC Women's Conference Host Committee member

Former President of USC Trojan Junior Auxiliary 2012-13, Women's Philanthropic Organization, since 1936.

Serving on the Advisory Committee for the USC Thornton Alumni Association former Treasurer 2012-14, Secretary 2010-12