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Executive Director

Elizabeth Churchya

(217) 244-4350

Email: Sinfonia@illinois.edu

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

 

Arts administrator, educator, and pianist Elizabeth Churchya is widely regarded for her sensitive and incisive performances and charismatic leadership. She has concertized extensively throughout the United States and England, and is the prize winner of many competitions. 

 

Most recently, Elizabeth appeared as a “Rising Star” soloist with the University of South Carolina Orchestra in performance of the Ravel Piano Concerto in G major. She is a finalist in the Professional division of The American Prize in Piano Performance (Concerto), 2023 and a prizewinner in the 2022 Charleston International Piano Competition. Previously, Elizabeth received her undergraduate degree in piano performance from Christopher Newport University, where she won the scholarship competition three consecutive years. In 2011, she made her orchestra debut after winning the university’s concerto competition with Saint­-Saëns Concerto No. 2 in G Minor.

 

A dedicated educator, she was awarded the 2023 University of South Carolina Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award. She maintains a private studio and often serves as adjudicator for many competitions. She taught courses for the Music History department at the University of South Carolina, including Introduction to Film Music, a course she designed herself and quickly became the university’s most popular music elective.

An impassioned supporter of the arts, Elizabeth serves as Executive Director of the premier professional chamber orchestra Sinfonia da Camera and Operations Manager of the renowned Southeastern Piano Festival. Elizabeth earned her Master of Music and Graduate Certificate in Performance from the University of South Carolina. Her principal instructors include Drs. Jeffrey Brown, Lelia Sadlier, and Joseph Rackers. She has had the privilege of performing in masterclasses for renowned pianists including Nelita True, Edmund Battersby, Jon Klibonoff, Dmitri Rachmanov, and many others. Elizabeth received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from USC in Piano Performance.

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Adrianna Mirabal

Music Librarian & Operations Assistant

MUSIC LIBRARIAN

Adrianna Mirabal is a musicologist and oboist from Southern New Mexico. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from St. Mary’s University where she studied with Dr. Alicia Córdoba Tait and is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Musicology with a graduate minor in Queer Studies from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She was a recipient of the Graduate College Master’s Fellowship during her first academic year. Her current research focuses on timbre, nostalgia, and queer theory as it relates to identity and popular music. Her master’s thesis examines online fan spaces to understand the collective nostalgic listening experiences behind Taylor Swift’s vocal timbre in her rerecordings. Adrianna has presented her research at the American Musicology Society’s Midwest Chapter Meeting (Spring 2023) and Indiana University’s Taylor Swift: The Conference Era (Fall 2023). Outside of research, Adrianna enjoys iced almond chai lattes, jamming out to Taylor Swift’s discography, and spending time with her friends.

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Luke Brann

Stage Manager

STAGE MANAGER 

Luke Brann is a versatile student with a passion for music and academics. Luke studies Chemical Engineering and Violin Performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Outside of his studies, Luke regularly performs with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia da Camera. In his role as Stage Manager, Luke ensures seamless transitions for Sinfonia da Camera rehearsals and concerts.

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