Co-Founder & Executive Director, Shift: Englewood
Ayriole is an active composer, performer and teacher. She received her Bachelor of Music in Composition from Ball State University, and a Master of Music in Composition and her teaching certification from Carnegie Mellon University.
Ayriole began her El Sistema-inspired work with The People's Music School Youth Orchestras as a viola teacher, string specialist, and orchestra and choral director in Chicago in 2012. In addition to her work as a faculty member of The People’s Music School, she has taught for the Chicago Public Schools.
After completing the Sistema Fellows Program, Ayriole returned to her native Chicago. As of September 2014, Shift: Englewood is an El Sistema-inspired initiative that Ayriole co-founded with Albert Oppenheimer ‘12 in a neighborhood of Chicago which is commonly known for having the most gun violence in the United States. The 10-hour per week program consists of strings, choir, composition, and improvisation activities for 20 students, ages 9-12.
Photo: Ayriole Frost