Janelle Olson, a Wichitan since 2007, plays piccolo with the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra. She also regularly plays flute and piccolo with the Plano and Irving Symphonies and freelances in the Dallas area. In addition, she teaches private lessons. Her first experience playing with the WFSO was as a substitute for the Christmas Concert in 2008. While living in Norway, she learned she would be moving to Wichita Falls, Janelle did her research and was thrilled to see that the community supported a symphony, so she wrote to the Conductor and Flute Section that she would be available for subbing “anytime they needed” her. She became a more regular WFSO member playing piccolo beginning in 2013.
Growing up, Janelle was surrounded by music. Her mother played piano, and her father was a clarinetist, as well as a university professor of music and band conductor. She particularly enjoyed having the “luxury of a built-in accompanist”. Janelle earned her Bachelor of Music from California State University Long Beach and attended New England Conservatory for her Masters in Flute Performance. She played in the New World Symphony before becoming Principal Flute of the Tucson Symphony. In addition to music, Janelle’s “happy place” is being in the mountains, traveling, hiking, and camping with family and friends. She has two sons, Dag Marius and Matthew, and two cats, Bigand Little Kitty.