About Wendy Lanxner
Wendy Lanxner is a Washington area music teacher, composer and arts-in-health practitioner. She has maintained a private studio for over twenty years, works as a composer and music director for ArtStream, and is Musician in Residence at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. Wendy teaches lessons in flute, guitar, sax, bass, and ukulele. She provides educational programming through several agencies including Washington Performing Arts, the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, Carpe Diem Arts and Arts For The Aging, working with children, seniors, and adults with developmental disabilities.
Wendy sings and plays bass with the band Wendy & the Lost Boys and performs in a jazz duo, WendySteveJazz. She is the youth stage coordinator for the Takoma Park Folk Festival, and volunteers in hospital settings through Musicians On Call. Wendy received a B.A. in Artistic Creativity Studies from UMass/Amherst, is a degree candidate for Master of Music Education at the University of Florida, and is a member of the National Organization of Arts in Health (NOAH).
Wendy's first instrument was the sopranino recorder, which she taught herself to play at age 10. As a high school student, she studied flute with Kathleen Trahan, worked with Dr. William Montgomery at the University of Maryland, and was a finalist in the Seventeen Magazine & General Motors National Concerto Competition. She went on to receive additional musical training at Oberlin Conservatory and the University of Massachusetts. During college, Wendy taught herself guitar and began composing. She released her first recording in 1996, I Like It Here, and went on to join the group Bottomland, which was featured on NPR along with Wendy's song It's In The Air. She lives in Silver Spring, MD and has two sons, Nick and Robin.