From 2014-2016, I worked as Executive Administrative Assistant to Michelle Oesterle, Artistic Director and Founder of Manhattan Girls Chorus. Founded in 2011, Manhattan Girls Chorus (MGC) is a professional chorus of young women in grades five through twelve. The chorus creates a diverse, inclusive environment where young women gather to not only hone their musical skills at an advanced level, but to participate in an intimate and powerful sisterhood. MGC provides a safe haven for young women to build lasting bonds and to help one another navigate the complexities, difficulties, and joys on their path towards young adulthood. Highlights from MGC’s 2014-2015 season include the US premiere of Kim André Arnesen’s Magnificat, the featured performance at the Women in the World Summit at Lincoln Center to raise awareness about online bullying, and the gala performance of I AM, a work written specifically for the chorus by composer David Sisco. http://www.manhattangirlschorus.org/.
Throughout my life, music has remained a guiding force that has both challenged and empowered me. Since 2012, I have worked at non-profit organizations that offer young people transformative experiences in the arts, especially through programs that empower girls and young women to find their voice through theatre and music.
From 2013-2014, I worked at The Actors Theatre Workshop (ATW), a theater and community center serving homeless children in Chelsea. At ATW, I served as Grant Writer and Interim Daily Manager, overseeing the office’s daily activities and relationships with rental clients. I also helped to organize and facilitate programs and events, including the New Play Series, the Builders of the New World Holiday Party, and the ATW Spring Benefit.