Possessing a breadth of experience as a performer, educator, and administrator, violist Hana Morford believes deeply in using music as a vehicle to better engage and enrich communities. Hana currently serves as the Manager of Teaching and Learning for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's OrchKids program, where she teaches strings as well as oversees faculty and educational programming for over 1,000 underserved youth. She is also on the faculty of the Peabody Preparatory, where she serves as Director of the String Ensemble and teaches privately.
An advocate for expanding community access to the arts, Hana is a former fellow in the New England Conservatory’s Sistema Fellows initiative, a professional training program for leaders in the music education field. She most recently served as Education Associate of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, managing the BSO’s Academy programs. Community engagement initiatives for amateur musicians, the Academy programs doubled in scope under Hana’s leadership to include a continuum of activities for adults. As former Education Director of the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestras’ Bridges program, Hana managed a large, after-school and weekend program for underserved strings students in seven Baltimore City Public Schools.
A passionate educator, Hana enjoys working with students in a range of settings from private lessons to the classroom. Her experiences includes positions as a conductor, strings and general music teacher in the Baltimore School for the Arts’ TWIGS program and GBYO’s Bridges program. As a creative workshop leader, she 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. Hana has also served on the faculty of the Peabody Institute’s Preparatory, leading group group classes and maintaining a vibrant private studio.
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 student at numerous music festivals including the Aspen, Sarasota, Kneisel Hall, National Repertory Orchestra and Spoleto USA festivals.