Bay area native Cava Menzies hails from a long line of musical talents; her grandmother, a dancer at the Cotton Club In NY, her father, Eddie Henderson, an accomplished jazz trumpeter, and her mother a classically trained flautist. She is a classically trained jazz pianist who has performed throughout the Bay Area and abroad. In 2001, Ms. Menzies received a BA from the Berklee College of Music in Boston where she studied jazz piano and music education. In 2008, she received her MM from the University of Miami where she studied composition and music production and recording.
Ms. Menzies is a member of the bossa nova and standards duo CAVALISA with Ms. Lisa Forkish. She has a recent album, "Moment to Moment", with jazz trumpeter, Nick Phillips which received 4 stars from Downbeat Magazine in May 2014. Her directing and arranging work have been featured at the Inauguration of California Governor Jerry Brown and for President Barack Obama's visit to the Fox Theatre in July, 2012. ~In May 2014, Ms. Menzies received the National Artist Teacher Fellowship award and traveled to New Orleans to study Jazz piano and history. In addition, Ms. Menzies recently scored two short films, entitled “Oakland 8/15
Originals” which premiered at the Oakland Film Festival in the summer of 2014.
Currently, Ms. Menzies is serving as OSA’s Artistic Director, School of Vocal Music, Chair and OSA’s Step It Up Diversity and Outreach Program Coordinator. Cava Menzies is a founding faculty member at OSA and is entering her 14th year at the school.