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Justin Ochoa

About this Artist

Justin Ochoa is a percussionist and timpanist from San Antonio, Texas. In the 2021/22 season, he performed as the Principal percussionist of the California Young Artist Symphony— a dynamic, new ensemble of college-aged performers based in Thousand Oaks, California and made appearances as guest Principal timpanist with the American Youth Symphony. During Summer 2022, he will appear as a percussion fellow with the National Repertory Orchestra. Previously he has held fellowships with the Round Top Festival Institute, Texas Music Festival, and the virtual Detroit Symphony Summer Institute in 2020. Justin has been engaged as an extra percussionist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Midland- Odessa Symphony. Justin is currently finishing graduate study with Ted Atkatz at the Colburn School and before coming to Los Angeles, received his Bachelors of Music from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with Thomas Burritt and Tony Edwards.

Outside of performing, Justin founded and runs the podcast Classically Untrained with co-host Marissa Marmolejo, a music therapy student based in Colorado. The show’s mission is to speak directly to university/ conservatory students of marginalized communities and to have an honest and open dialogue about feeling like ‘the other’ in the music field. When not performing, Justin enjoys writing, hanging out with friends, and boxing.