Shahid Yasser Osuna was born in Chino, CA, where he grew up as the youngest in a musical family of five. Growing up, Shahid developed a passion for mental health and communication through his leadership roles in his high school music department and involvement in school mental health programs as a student counselor, participating in workshops through the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
In his career, Shahid has performed with LA Symphonic Winds, Performance Riverside, FluteSonic! Flute Orchestra, Song of Angels Flute Orchestra, Sterling Flute Choir, and Silver Sounds Flute Ensemble, as well as having appeared with several college ensembles across Southern California including California State University Los Angeles and Chaffey College. In 2015 and 2016, Shahid performed at the President’s Honor Recital at the Coil School for the Arts. Shahid’s previous teachers include Jacqueline Aronowitz and Eileen Holt, and he has played in concerts and masterclasses with Carol Wincenc, Rena Urso, Ian Clarke, Anne Zentner, Ali Ryerson, Robert Dick, John Barcellona, and Heather Clark, and Sandy Iles.
Shahid is arranger in residence for FluteSonic! Flute Orchestra under the direction of Gordon Halligan and is studying under the group’s soloist and CSUN faculty David Shostac. He graduated with Great Distinction from Riverside City College’s Henry and Edna Coil School for the Arts in 2017 with an Associate of Arts degree in Music and a certificate in Music Performance, having served as principal flute for two years in the school’s wind ensemble and symphony orchestra. Shahid will finish his Bachelor of Music at CSUN with an emphasis on Flute Performance in May 2019, and he plans to continue pursuing higher education and performing with groups in the LA area.