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Eliza Rubenstein
Eliza Rubenstein
Eliza Rubenstein is the 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. Born in Missouri to a musical family, Eliza first requested violin lessons at age 4 so that she could "play on street corners for money" when she grew up; she continues to play violin and viola as a hobby, and she's recently taken up the mandolin. She studied English literature and choral conducting at Oberlin College in Ohio before earning her Master's Degree in choral conducting at UC-Irvine.

Ensembles under Eliza's direction have performed at Disney Hall's REDCAT Theater, the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, and the 2004 and 2012 Western Division conferences of the American Choral Directors' Association. She also serves the ACDA as California chair of Women's Choirs' Repertoire and Standards. The Orange County Register recently praised her "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.

For eight years Eliza was the assistant supervisor of the Irvine Animal Care Center; she is the co-author of a book about dog adoption, and she shares her Costa Mesa home with a beagle mix named Frances, a black Labrador mix named Jackie, and a grey cat named Wilbur. Her other guiding passion besides music and animals is anything, anything at all, to do with the St. Louis Cardinals.


Eliza Rubenstein
Bob Gunn
Assistant Director and Pianist, Beth Syverson grew up in Iowa and earned degrees in music from Drake University and CSU-Fullerton. Beth is the Director of Music at Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church and a leader in the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network. Beth is a staff accompanist at Orange Coast College, and has taught classes in piano, music history, and theory at Riverside Community College, Concordia College, CSU-Fullerton, Orange County High School of the Arts (OCHSA) and Orange County Children's Therapeutic Arts Center. She has taught private piano lessons for over 20 years, and she currently focuses on teaching piano to students with special needs; she’s one of few local pianists who can read Braille music code, which she teaches to visually impaired students. Beth lives in Norwalk with her son Joey, her partner Jan, four horses, three dogs, two cats, and—at last count—14 chickens.

Eliza Rubenstein
Long Beach Chorale
Our singers come from Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Orange County, and include members of every age group and profession — college students, grandparents, teachers, nurses, artists, and attorneys, to name a few! All are volunteers who donate their time and energy to bring great music to the Long Beach community.