Pollyanna Gorman attended college at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, a small school about an hour east of Fayetteville, where she lived with her two brothers, a sister and her mother and went to high school.  She graduated from UNCP with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education.   While in college, Pollyanna was elected President of Sigma Alpha Iota (a music fraternity for women), became a student member of MENC (Music Educators National Conference), made the Dean’s List and was chosen for Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.  While attending high school and later at UNCP, she studied French horn and trumpet.
 
Pollyanna spent the first 7 years of life in Fullerton.  Her parents met and married in Fullerton and most of her relatives have spent their entire lives in the Southern California area.  Pollyanna would often visit for vacation and really liked the environment.  After graduating from college, she decided that the best place to play the music that she loved so much would be Orange County, California and moved back 10 days after graduation.
 
Since moving to back California, Pollyanna has been a part of a number of musical groups.  Among these are:

University of California, Irvine – Wind Ensemble, Al Lang Conductor – Principal French horn
University of California, Irvine – Orchestra, Zelman Boxer Conductor – Principal French horn
Pacific Wind Ensemble, Larry Curtis Conductor – Co-Principal French horn
Golden West College Symphonic Band, Tom Hernandez Conductor - Principal French horn - Assistant Conductor 1992 – 2002           
Pollytechnic Brass Quintet -Founder
Cerritos College Jazz Band, George Byra Conductor  - Trumpet
Orange Symphonic Band, Mark Kamp Conductor – Principal French horn -Associate Conductor
Tom Kubis Monday Night Jazz Band, Tom Kubis Conductor - Principal French Horn
Southern California Philharmonic, Dr. Robert Frelly Conductor - Principal French Horn -Winds Coach           
Golden West Pops – Founding Board Member/Officer, Executive Director, Conductor, Music Director
Orange, Los Angeles and Riverside County based brass and woodwind quintets
Orange County Mormon Choral Organization Orchestra – French Horn
Symphonic Winds of the Pacific, Tony Mazzaferro Conductor – French Horn
Fullerton College French Horn Club – Jerry Garvin, Instructor-French Horn

Personal Thoughts
My life revolves around performing music and entertaining people.  It gives me the greatest joy.
I love to conduct this group. From inception, the Pops has been an energetic and wonderful group of people. I am so thankful that I have had the opportunity to be a part of something "new and different" to the concert band circuit. I feel strongly that the vision of the Pops from the very beginning, making music that people will enjoy, continues under my direction. Being the only woman Community Concert Band conductor in the Orange County region has proven an experience. But it’s the people, the music, the audience and the fun that makes it all worthwhile.
I look forward to the coming years as Conductor of the Pops. We’ve got great things in store for the future. I am honored that the members and board has entrusted me to make it happen.

 

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