For Olga, music and the music industry has been the core of her life. She is a prize winning pianist, accompanist, and bass-clarinetist and spent several years as a liturgical musician, directing and accompanying church choirs in Palm Beach and Broward Counties. She holds both the Bachelor of Music with a minor in Business Administration and the Master of Music degrees from the University of Miami and a Ph.D. in Education, Curriculum and Instruction, from Florida Atlantic University.
Olga’s interest in curriculum design and program evaluation led to her work as a researcher in arts integration projects both in South Florida and Chicago. She has given paper presentations at annual conferences including the American Evaluation Association (AEA) and the Eastern Education Research Association (EERA). Olga has developed and implemented arts integration curricula, launched the in-house arts programs at the Center for Creative Education (CCE) in West Palm Beach, and as their first in-school program manager, led arts integration collaborative projects between CCE teaching artists and local public and private school teachers.
Olga’s previous work experience includes positions in concert management and academic administration with arts and educational institutions such as the Florida Grand Opera, Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, The Harid Conservatory (Music & Dance Divisions), Palm Beach County School of the Arts, and the Lynn University Conservatory of Music. In October 2016, Olga accepted a position at Palm Beach Symphony with the primary objectives to help build capacity for educational and community outreach initiatives, as well as expand and diversify the orchestra’s programming efforts. As Director of Education and Orchestra Operations, Olga works closely with the Chief Executive Officer, Music Director, and Orchestra Contractor to plan, organize, and successfully execute all symphony programs and events.