Anna is an arts executive, music educator, double-bassist, choral conductor and an activist whose mission is to reestablish music’s central place in the development and education of all young people. After her initial involvement as a volunteer in 2009, Anna was appointed the Miami Music Project’s Managing Director in January 2010 and soon after became its Executive Director. Demonstrating exceptional energy, dedication and organizational ability, she is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission, long-range strategy, financial objectives and operations. Her strong pedagogical background helps her guide Miami Music Project through its exciting growth and implementation of innovative El Sistema-inspired programming, of which she was the initiator.
Anna earned her Masters in Music Education from the Szymanowski Academy of Music in her native Poland, a Graduate Certificate in Double Bass Performance from the University of Southern California. Additionally, she trained at leadership and executive education programs at Columbia Business School (through Miami Foundation’s Miami Leaders Award) and Harvard Business School (through a full scholarship from the HBS Club of South Florida).
As a music educator, Anna has taught children in Miami and some of Los Angeles’ roughest neighborhoods. As a strong proponent of giving back, Anna co-founded and directs annual Summer Trombone Festival in Poland, serves as a Board Member of El Sistema USA – A National Alliance of El Sistema Inspired Programs, and regularly contributes as a grants panelist for various organizations in Florida.
Interim Director of Educational Programming
Having experienced first-hand the ways in which music can positively impact one’s life, Adriel is determined to provide the next generation with the same life-changing opportunities he so fortunately received.
Raised in the Tar Heel State, he holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance with a Double Bass Concentration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Adriel considers music to have been influential in allowing him to experience diverse cultures, languages, and places around the globe as he has performed and toured in orchestras both Nationally and Internationally.
He discovered El Sistema when he founded The Instrumental Zoo Foundation Project. During this personal venture, Adriel visited schools where got students excited about music by performing fun classical pieces. This led him to finding his way to Miami Music Project where he first volunteered in 2013. Since then, Adriel has established himself as a leader within the organization holding various roles throughout the years.
Adriel was voted Teacher of the Year by his Miami Music Project peers in 2017. Currently you may find him performing on a regular basis with the South Florida Symphony. During his free time, Adriel enjoys making time to run, travel, and exploring other creative outlets such as crocheting.
Director of Operations
With the strong conviction of making a difference in the lives of children through her work, Andrea has joined Miami Music Project as Director of Operations. She hails from Argentina where she studied Mass Communication and Advertising at the Universidad Nacional de San Juan. Adopting Miami as her home base, Andrea has built more than 15 years of experience in the fields of administration, finance, human resources, sales and marketing, in both for profit and nonprofit organizations.
As your every day music lover, Andrea enjoys listening to different kinds of music and styles. In her downtime, she likes immersing herself in nature, going for bike rides in the park, and taking her son on walks. She is an animal rights advocate and makes sure to help animals find new homes whenever she can.
Manager Of Grants & Institutional Giving
Originally from Gainesville, Florida, Joseph grew up in a musical family. He is passionate about equality of opportunity for all, and feels it is his duty to provide others with an actual chance at a better life.
Joseph attended the University of Miami as a Double Major. He received a Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Performance and a Bachelor of Music in Music Business Entertainment Industries, with a concentration in Legal Studies. He also received a Grant Writing Certification from Florida International University. He kick started his professional career at MADE, a full service management firm where he worked directly with artists and songwriters in Hip Hop. He then transitioned into non profit work by joining Universal Aid For Children – Ukraine. There he provided direct aid to orphans and children with disabilities in Ukraine.
He was first introduced to music when he was five years old while learning to play the piano. When settling on an instrument, he confused the flute with the trumpet but later discovered it to be his instrument of choice. During his college years he performed with the New World Symphony, and continues to freelance as a Trumpet player throughout Miami today.
Joseph is a former Junior Olympics gold medallist in karate, and received 2nd place in the National Trumpet Competition (For the Large Ensemble Division). Outside of Miami Music Project, he enjoys attending live concerts and festivals, getting lost in a good book, and cheering on his favorite sports teams.
Hailing from the small tropical of Puerto Rico, Stephanie is Miami Music Project’s in-house storyteller!
Merging her music abilities and passion with her business acumen, she is a young marketing maven in the making. She completed a Fellowship at Berklee College of Music’s international campus in Valencia, Spain, and has has been successful in utilizing her love for social media to share authentic narratives.
Stephanie launched her business career quickly upon graduating from Eastern Connecticut State University where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a Marketing Concentration and a Music Minor. Fully believing that one should never fail to bring great enthusiasm into work, Stephanie then went on to pursue a Master’s Degree in Global Entertainment and Music Business with a concentration in Live Entertainment from Berklee College of Music.
She is a professionally trained vocalist and has toured nationally with distinguished Chamber Ensembles, as well as a soloist throughout Europe. Proud of her island girl roots, Stephanie will never miss the opportunity to sing timeless boleros, dance to salsa or merengue, and share some of her traditional dishes with others.
In her downtime, Stephanie enjoys traveling around the globe, attending cool live events, and indulging in her love of photography. With the motivation to always give back, she has devoted her time to giving back to the younger generation through the organization of TEDx events and Empowering Symposiums.
Site Directors & Coordinators
Site Director, Liberty City Chapter
Site Director, Little Haiti Chapter
Site Director, Little Havana Chapter
Born and raised in Miami, Melissa has a unique ethnic background including Haitian, Puerto Rican, Canadian, Italian and German. She began working with the Miami-Dade County Public School system at the age of 14, and continues to do so teaching beginning violin classes to Middle School aged students. She also worked for multiple non-profits under the umbrella of the Walenstein Musical Organization, directed by the late famous musician from Haiti, Romel Joseph. She is an accomplished violin player, and has played with the many musical organizations including the South Florida Youth Symphony and the Miami-Dade College Film Scoring Orchestra. Currently, she’s pursuing a dual Master’s Degree, at the University of Miami, in Sports Therapy and Music Performance in an effort to use music as a form of therapy.
Site Director, Miami Springs Chapter
Christian Galdamez join the Miami Music Project Team in November of 2016, filling in a brand new position created in the 2016-17 season. Christian is excited to be part of an organization that gives children equal access to music and the various personal and social benefits that stem from it. He looks forward to helping bring about positive social change to the students and their communities.