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Eliza Rubenstein

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Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
When I was three or four years old, I told my family I wanted to take violin lessons so I could play on the street corner for money.
I realized in high school that I wanted to go to college because I knew I’d need a degree to do the sort of work I wanted to.
For ten years, I worked full time as an animal shelter supervisor and conducted choirs as well.
After spending a decade working around 75 hours a week doing both, I decided to just pursue my musical career.
I’ve found ways to pursue my other interests like writing, helping animals, and whatnot in a more time effective way on the side.
I’ve been lucky to have turned my hobby into my career.
I am now Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Orange Coast College and the Artistic Director of the Orange County Women's Chorus and the Long Beach Chorale and Chamber Orchestra.

Career

Director of Choral and Vocal Activities

I am a music teacher and choral director.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Music
Education
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

At Orange Coast College, I have two choirs, so I conduct rehearsals several days a week. I also teach music appreciation classes to general ed students. I spend a lot of time taking one-on-one with students talking about transferring and career plans.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Be able to bring outside knowledge or interests into your work in the musical field. The best conductors have diverse backgrounds. If you want to be a teacher, you have to be passionate about sharing what you learn with others. If you feel that, then you are meant to be a teacher.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Ask yourself if you feel passionate about sharing things you learn with others. If the answer is "yes", then being a teacher is probably a great choice for you!

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"Classical music is just for rich white people. "

Challenges I Overcame

School Stress
Financial