Arlette Cárdenes conductor and cellist, grew up in Culver City and graduated at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a Master of Music degree in cello performance on a full scholarship, and received a Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance from the California State University of Northridge on a partial scholarship and received the Margaret Aue Award for outstanding cellist. After her graduation she toured Europe, for one year playing cello with an American opera company. Upon her return from Europe, she was named operations Manager with the Inland Empire Symphony Orchestra in San Bernardino and moved back to Culver City to found the Culver City Chamber Orchestra with the mission to bring back and maintain classical music interest in the young audiences. Ms. Cardenes has attended several conducting workshops throughout the United States hosted by today’s master teachers such as Harold Faberman, Apo Hsu, Eduardo Navega, Marin Alsop, Lawrence Golan, Christoph Eschenbach, Otto Werner-Mueller, and Daniel Lewis. Her current teacher is Mr. John Koshak.