Liz Geisewite (Musical Director)
Liz Geisewite is a lifelong lover of choral music and a public school music teacher at Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn, NY where she teaches music theory and piano and conducts several choirs. Growing up in rural central Pennsylvania, Liz was heavily influenced by the music of the church. She learned to read music and sing harmony on four part hymns at an early age and became the church pianist at age 12. After moving to NYC in 2005 and singing with a variety of choral ensembles, Liz met Akiko Fuchisawa and found a kindred spirit. Their shared love of treble voice choral music, especially the music of Hungarian, Estonian, and Finnish composers, led to the musical experiment that grew into Accord.
A student of the Kodály method of music education, Liz has taught Kodály musicianship classes for the National Children’s Chorus (NYC) and studied Kodály methodology in NYC, the UK, and Hungary. In addition to directing Accord, Liz is also Artistic Director for BVS Women's Choir in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and formerly worked with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus as a conductor and Musicianship teacher for their training division. She earned a BA in Peace Studies and studied music with Dr. Debra Lynn at Manchester College. Always driven by a dual passion for social justice and music, Liz later completed an MA in Vocal Performance at Truman State University and an MS in Education at Long Island University.