Executive Director, DC Youth Orchestra Program
Appointed as Executive Director of the DC Youth Orchestra Program in 2013, Elizabeth Schurgin has worked throughout her career to bring classical music to new audiences, especially youth without access to musical instruments or quality instruction. As a dynamic musician and innovative arts administrator, Liz completed the Sistema Fellows Program in 2011. Since then, she has gone on to serve as a consultant for youth music initiatives across the United States. She has been a featured speaker at the League of American Orchestras, Youth Orchestra of the Americas, and Rockport Music.
A classically trained bassoonist, Liz has given master classes in the U.S. and Venezuela, and performed throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Since moving to DC in 2013, Liz has frequently appeared with the Grammy-nominated Inscape Chamber Orchestra and co-founded two projects: the Children’s Orchestra of DC and the LeDroit Chamber Players. She holds a Master of Music in Orchestral Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and a Master of Music and a B.A. in History from Yale University.
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