Possessing a breadth of experience as a performer, educator, and administrator, violist Hana Morford believes deeply in using the arts as a vehicle to better engage and enrich communities. Hana currently serves as Education Director, Statewide Initiatives at Young Audiences/Arts for Learning, where she supports a roster of teaching artists in delivering arts integrated programming throughout the state of Maryland. She also serves on the faculty of the Peabody Preparatory, where she conducts the Peabody String Ensemble and teaches privately.
As a long-time resident of Baltimore, Hana is passionate about expanding community access to the arts in the city. She most recently served as Manager of Teaching and Learning for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids program, overseeing the educational programming of the El Sistema-inspired initiative for over 1,200 youth. As Education Associate of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Hana previously led the expansion of the BSO’s Academy programs, community engagement initiatives for amateur musicians. Hana is also a former fellow in the New England Conservatory’s Sistema Fellows Program, a professional training initiative for leaders in the music education field.
As someone who believes deeply in the power of youth voice, Hana often facilitates creative composition workshops for young people. These opportunities allow young musicians to build community and express themselves in a way that is not often seen in the traditional, classical music world. As a workshop leader, Hana has collaborated with organizations including the Alexandria Symphony, the Peabody Conservatory, the Orchestra of St. Luke's YOSL program, and the Guildhall School's Future Band program.
Recent accolades for Hana’s work on diversity and inclusion include being selected as a committee member of American String Teacher Association’s Increasing Access Task Force, as well as being named the 2015 recipient of the Daniel Pearl Memorial Foundation viola award.
As an accomplished performer, Hana holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, a Master’s from Rice University, and a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory. A former member of Symphony in C, she has also performed regularly with the New World Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. Hana has been a fellowship recipient at numerous music festivals including the Aspen, Sarasota, Kneisel Hall, National Repertory Orchestra and Spoleto USA festivals.