Danielle Ondarza

Lecturer in Music; French Horn
With Pomona Since: 2010
  • Expertise


    Danielle Ondarza is a horn player in Los Angeles. As a freelancer, she has performed with many orchestras in Southern California, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, L.A. Chamber Orchestra, and the L.A. Master Chorale. She also records regularly for film and television; credits include Finding Dory, Deadpool, 10 Cloverfield Lane and Suicide Squad. Ondarza played principal horn for Josh Groban on his Straight to You Tour, traveling for six months throughout the United States and Europe. She has also performed live with  a variety of artists, including Andrea Bocelli, Mariah Carey, Natalie Cole, Frank Sinatra Jr., Lenny Kravitz, Alicia Keyes, Queen Latifah, Idina Menzel, Kanye West and Juan Gabriel. Recording credits include dates for Mary J. Blige, Barry Manilow, Madonna, Sia and Justin Timberlake.

  • Work


    Orchestral Work

    • Jacaranda
    • Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
    • Los Angeles Master Chorale
    • Los Angeles Philharmonic
    • Long Beach Municipal Band
    • Long Beach Opera
    • Long Beach Symphony
    • Mladi (conductorless chamber orchestra)
    • Monterey Symphony
    • Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra
    • Santa Barbara Symphony
    • Symphonic Jazz Orchestra
    • Symphony Silicon Valley

    Recitals and Chamber Music

    • Ensemble Green (contemporary music)
    • Hear Now Festival (contemporary music)
    • Pasadena Conservatory of Music faculty recitals
    • Pomona College faculty recitals
    • Los Angeles Brass (brass ensemble)
    • Orion Winds (woodwind quintet)

    Recording Credits

    Film: Finding Dory, Deadpool, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Independence Day: Resurgence, Cats and Dogs 2, The Green Lantern, Man of Steel, Maze Runner, Oblivion, Oz the Great and Powerful, Rio 2, Transformers

    Records: Mary J. Blige, Michael Buble, Kristin Chenowith, Daft Punk, Josh Groban, John Legend, M83, Madonna, Barry Manilow, Blake Shelton, Sia (principal), Justin Timberlake (principal)

    Television: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Penny Dreadful, How I Met Your Mother, Once Upon a Time, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (complete season), Terra Nova

    Theme park music for Disneyland and Disney Tokyo

    Musical Theater

    • La Mirada Theater, principal (musical theater)
    • Reprise! (musical theater)
    • Pantages Theater, principal (musical theater)
    • Segerstrom Center for the Arts, principal (musical theater)
    • South Bay Civic Light Opera, principal (musical theater)

    Commercial Music

    Live performances with: Tony Bennett, Andrea Boccelli, Mariah Carey (principal), Natalie Cole, Alicia Keyes, Lenny Kravitz (principal), Queen Latifah, Michel Legrand, Barry Manilow (principal), Idina Menzel (principal), Frank Sinatra Jr. (principal), Kanye West (principal)

    Appearances on: American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, Jimmy Kimmel Show, Glee


    • Josh Groban Straight to You Tour, principal, international tour
    • Juan Gabriel, principal
  • Education


    • University of Southern California, B.M., Horn Performance (Thornton School of Music)
    • University of Southern California, Master of Communication Management (Annenberg School for Communication)
    • Principal horn teachers: Richard Todd, Jerry Folsom, Vince DeRosa, Kristy Morrell, James Decker

    As a dedicated teacher, she is on the faculty of Pomona College, Cal Poly Pomona, the Colburn Community School and the Pasadena Conservatory of Music.