Program Director, El Sistema Lehigh Valley
Hailing from Monterey Park, CA, Steven Liu is the Program Director for the El Sistema Lehigh Valley (ESLV), an education initiative of the Allentown Symphony Association. ESLV provides underserved and special need youth with exceptional academic and artistic instruction within a nurturing environment, at no cost, thereby empowering them to develop their potential, pursue their education, and strengthen their communities. This program is currently working with students from Roosevelt Elementary School and South Mountain Middle School, of the Allentown School District, and is providing each student with approximately 350 additional hours of music instruction each year.
In addition to his work with ESLV, Steven has extensive experience as a freelance bassist, is the current bassist of the Frank DiBussolo Group, and has a myriad of performance experiences that include orchestras, chamber music, jazz combos, jazz big bands, operas, and musicals. Prior to his experiences with ESLV, Steven worked with numerous education programs, including as an administrator and teaching artist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pasadena Symphony, Pacific Symphony, and Fidelity Futurestage.
Steven received an M.F.A. in Jazz and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from The Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine.