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.
Director of Educational Programming
Steven Liu received an M.F.A. in Jazz (’06) and a Bachelors degree in Music Performance: Classical Double Bass (’03) from The Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine. Steven was also one of the ten Sistema Fellows trained at New England Conservatory in 2011. At the conclusion of the fellowship, Steven was hired by the Allentown Symphony to create and implement an education initiative focused on transforming the life trajectory of at-risk youth: El Sistema Lehigh Valley.
Steven has extensive educational experiences, which include teaching for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Education Department and traveling to various schools throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District to aid in young musicians’ development. In addition to this, Steven was an Artist in Residence for the Orchestras of Pasadena, where he led classes that connected science and music by creating and performing on non-traditional home-made instruments. As a musician, Steven’s diverse musical background has allowed him to perform concerts halls, broadway shows, and jazz combos wherever he has lived.
Director of Operations
Andrea Pascual is Miami Music Project’s newest edition! Andrea brings to our organization a wealth of experience in office administration, human resources, sales and marketing. She hails from Argentina where she studied communications and advertisement.
Assistant to the Executive Director
Joseph is from Gainesville, FL and grew up in a musical family. He received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Miami in Music Performance and Music Business & Entertainment Industries. He has previous experience in international non-profit work, urban music management, and as a freelance trumpet player. He is excited to join Miami Music Project and use his passion for music to make a difference in the community.
Communications and Marketing Director
Melissa is a media relations expert and journalist originally from New Jersey. She holds a B.A. in International Relations with a minor in Journalism and completed coursework for a M.A. in International Political Economy with a focus on sustainability and development from the University of Miami. In addition to youth empowerment, Melissa advocates for environmental rights and social justice.
Site Directors & Coordinators
Site Director, Liberty City Chapter
Portia is a Miami native and New World School of The Arts graduate. She holds both a Masters in Arts Administration and B.A. in Double Bass Performance from Florida State University. Recently, she moved back to Miami from Tallahassee, FL where she lived for the past 15 years. Her experience includes working with local arts organizations and over 10 years experience teaching Music and Theater. She has a great passion for arts education and advocacy. Therefore, Portia is very excited to work with Miami Music Project in encouraging cultural and artistic initiatives through the art of music.
Site Director, Little Haiti Chapter
Tracy Anioce is a Miami native and graduate of the University of Miami, where she double majored in Broadcast Journalism and Theatre Arts. She has a great passion for vocal performance and musical theatre. This passion has now manifested itself in her dedication to music education, especially for children. Prior to joining Miami Music project, Tracy worked in the television, social media, and public relations industry.
Interim 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, Doral 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.
Site Coordinator, Liberty City Chapter
Wahtinna was born and raised in the Liberty City area where she still resides. She graduated from Miami Northwestern Senior High School. She has a passion for both children and music and is currently learning to play the piano as well as the guitar. Wahtinna has two little girls who are also are a part of the Miami Music Project family.
Site Coordinator, Little Haiti Chapter
Biography coming soon