Celtic Consort of Hollywood
The Celtic Consort of Hollywood consists of award winning concert and studio musicians Christina Linhardt (soprano, flute), Shawna Selline (harp) and Mark Sellin (cello, mandolin and fiddle). Together and separately they have performed all over Southern California (as well as abroad) from the Dorothy Chandler pavilion to Disney Hall, with weddings, club dates and recording sessions in between.
Christina Linhardt has enjoyed an eclectic and versatile career as a concert singer, producer, flutist, and actress. She is most known for her "Classics to Cabaret" act (which was the headliner for the opening of the Grand Concert Hall in Saxony, Germany), and her independently produced cds,"Circus Sanctuary" and "Voodoo Princess". For the 2010 Los Angeles Opera Ring Festival, Ms. Linhardt was contracted for two concerts premiering several new musical compositions written for her. She is a recommended chanteuse for the coveted Southern California Chamber Music Consortium. In Los Angeles, she is official national anthem singer for the German Consulate, and represents Berlin at the Los Angeles Sister Cities Festival. She has performed her act at the Hollywood Magic Castle, the House of Blues Gospel Brunch, The Grove, The Brand Plaza Concert Series and even down in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. She produced a documentary about the Gitmo experience titled "Guantanamo Circus" which has screened at festivals and Universities across the US and the UK winning the Hollywood FAME Award 2013. She is also the main subject of the award winning 2016 documentary "Flight of the Gypsy Nightingale". As a flutist she held the positions as principal flute in The Meremblum California Jr. Symphony, The Junior Philharmonic of California and The All Southern California Honor Band. She received her Bachelor's of Music in Vocal Arts from the University of Southern California. and studied theater at Oxford, University, England.
Shawna Selline is an award winning harpist and composer. She began study of the Celtic harp at an early age and quickly progressed to playing in Irish sessions and for local events. Shawna continued to study music in college supporting herself as a street musician at renaissance fairs and festivals. Shawna won several national and international awards including the prestigious All-Ireland harp competition. Her love of the Celtic harp and Classical Baroque music influenced her writing for chamber ensemble adding Classical harp along the way. She has performed internationally, toured, recorded for film and television and brought her artistry to support others in celebrations, meditation and healing through music therapy. Ms Selline has recorded with Joan Baez and performed with The Chieftains. Shawna raised three musical children and continues to teach and play throughout California.
Mark Sellin started as a classically trained cellist, incorporating violin and mandolin for Celtic, Renaissance and Folk Music Ensembles across Southern California. In the late 80’s, he worked with early acting troupes of the Renaissance Pleasure Faire, such as the Reduced Shakespeare Company, writing and performing in numerous comedies, and arranging music for many of them. Mark continues to bring his musical and theatrical sensibilities to songs celebrated by the Renaissance Faire community. He is currently the musical director of Story Wrens, which was the Winner of the “Best Folk Album”, 2012 L.A. Music Critic Awards.