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Executive Director, DC Youth Orchestra Program
Washington, D.C.

After graduating from the Sistema Fellows Program, Liz served as a consultant supporting program design and development at the Kalamazoo Symphony’s El Sistema-inspired program Kids in Tune. She then served as Interim Director for B Sharp Youth Music, an El Sistema- inspired program of the Goff Family Foundation in Fort Worth, Texas.

Liz currently works as Executive Director of the DC Youth Orchestra Program (DCYOP), overseeing all aspects of the organization’s management. With a mission of “music for young people, achievement for life,” the DCYOP serves 500 students for 1-4 hours per week, employs 35 teaching artists, and works with 100 volunteers. Notably, the DCYOP travelled to Colombia in 2014, partnering with students from the Colombian El Sistema-inspired program Fundacion Batuta.

In 2013, Liz co-founded the Children’s Orchestra of DC (CODC) with Graciela Briceño ’11. In 2014, CODC was adopted by DCYOP. CODC aims to enhance D.C. Public Schools low-income students’ interest in learning, strengthen their connection to school, and improve their academic and social skills through quality, accessible and intensive classical music education. DCYOP is committed to expanding the CODC program to one elementary school in each of D.C.’s eight Council Wards.

Liz has also co-founded the LeDroit Chamber Players, a collective of musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra, elite military ensembles and other professionals who perform uniquely collaborative concerts in Washington, D.C. neighborhoods.

Photo: Ellen Connors