Washington Heights, New York
Co-Director, Washington Heights and Inwood Music Project
Andrea Profili began her musical studies in guitar and violin at the age of six at the Escuela Juvenil de Música de Panamá. In Panama she studied violin with Horacio Bustamante, and continued her violin studies with Sarah Johnson at Converse College along with orchestral conducting with Sarah Ioannides and Siegwart Reichwald. Andrea holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance and a Masters of Music Education.
After completing the Sistema Fellows Program, Andrea moved to New York City to start the Washington Heights Music Project (WHIN), an El Sistema-inspired grassroots nonprofit organization where she is currently co-director, teaching artist, and conductor of orchestras. Her interest in El Sistema has led her to work as a teaching artist and conductor in other núcleos in New York City, such as Upbeat NYC and Youth Orchestra of St. Luke's.
Photo: Steve Singer