Eliza Rubenstein is the Artistic Director of the LBCCO, the Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Orange Coast College, and the Artistic Director of the international prize-winning Orange County Women’s Chorus. At age four she began asking her parents for violin lessons so that she could “play on street corners for money” when she grew up; although that career plan did not ultimately come to fruition, she went on to study choral conducting at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music before moving to California to earn her master’s degree at UC Irvine. Eliza made her Carnegie Hall debut in June 2017, conducting Kirke Mechem’s cantata Songs of the Slave with a mass chorus that included members of the Long Beach Chorale. She also serves on the board of the California Choral Directors’ Association as the editor of the award-winning Cantate magazine.
The Orange County Register has praised Eliza’s “expert direction,” and the Long Beach Gazette has said that “Musically and technically, she has it all.” Her choruses are known for their adventurous and creative programming and their dedication to performing new music and championing up-and-coming composers.
Eliza is a former animal-shelter supervisor and the co-author of a book about dog adoption; she even presented a seminar called “Sit, Stay, Sing!: What Choral Conductors Can Learn from Dog Trainers” at the 2006 ACDA western-division convention. Her family includes her partner, Julie Fischer; a yellow Labrador and retired service dog, Dayton; and a grey cat, Wilbur. When not making music, Eliza’s passionate about photography, grammar, and the St. Louis Cardinals.