Executive Director and International Program Director
Liz Shropshirehas more than twenty years of experience as a composer and music teacher. She received her BA from Brigham Young University in Music Composition and Theory and an advanced graduate degree from the University of Southern California in Composition for the Music Industry. She was recently awarded the BYU Alumni Achievement Award for her "powerful and long-lasting contribution to children around the world."
Her experience as an educator includes five years’ teaching emotionally-disturbed elementary and secondary school students in Los Angeles; musical instruction in Los Angeles-area elementary schools; private musical instruction for students ages 4 to 60; and service as educational director for the Long Beach Symphony.
Humanitarian and Founder
In August 1999, Liz took leave of her musical career in Los Angeles to embark on her work in Kosovo, where
thousands of refugees were suffering from the aftermath of war. She solicited donations of more than $5000 in
instruments and music before traveling to Kosovo as a volunteer. In the city of Gjakove, Liz successfully
organized and taught a music program in secondary schools and transit shelter camps.
The program was remarkably successful in improving the lives thousands of Kosovar children. In January, 2000, she established The Shropshire Music Foundation, which would eventually expand to advance the welfare of children and their communities around the world.
Liz’s organizational responsibilities include program curriculum development and staff and volunteer training for the Syrian refugee, Bangladesh, Northern Ireland and Uganda programs, as well as teaching, conducting seminars, and speaking engagements on peace, children, war-trauma, and tolerance in the United States. She spends most of the year living and working in the areas she serves. She also supervises all daily operations of the Shropshire Music Foundation.