Study at NEC

Chicago, Illinois 

Aubree has spent more than twenty years working as an administrator, educator, and musician, exploring her dual passions for youth empowerment and social development everywhere from Baltimore to Barquisimeto, London to Los Angeles. An innovative instructor, seasoned fundraiser, and passionate advocate, Aubree has devoted herself to nurturing communities through music education.

Having studied vocal performance at Northwestern University, Aubree spent her early career pioneering musical programming at Chicago’s Sunlight African Community Center, then joined the Peace Corps to teach and conduct ethnomusicological research in Lesotho. Upon returning to the U.S., she became program director of the People’s Music School in Chicago. Between 2002 and 2013, she co-created a ten-level theory curriculum, private lesson studio curriculum, and ensemble lesson curriculum; designed in-school and after-school programs that increased the number of students served by 300%; organized a concert series that included 240+ concerts and educational performances; and applied her wealth of experience to expanding this venerable institution’s reach and impact.

In 2014, Aubree was chosen to be a Sistema Fellow at the New England Conservatory of Music. She studied the El Sistema movement in depth with residencies in Venezuela, Brazil, and Peru, and these studies cemented her belief that sharing and learning through music brings great pleasure, deepens societal and personal development, and builds stronger, healthier communities.

Currently, Aubree works as a consultant and teacher at Chicago High School for the Arts, shares her Sistema experiences and wisdom through her Uno En Música website, and teaches Music for Social Change at North Park University.

Photo: Hana Morford