Sister Cities Girlchoir
Fine Arts Coordinator
Maryland State Department of Education
Alysia Lee believes that students rich in arts education are taught the skills that lead to innovative futures, creative contributions, and strong cultural communities.
As the Coordinator of Fine Arts for the Maryland State Department of Education, Alysia shares her vision of statewide equity and excellence across five arts disciplines. She is also the Founder and Artistic Director of Sister Cities Girlchoir, an El Sistema-inspired choral academy with offerings in Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey. This season the Girls debuted at Carnegie Hall while touring a world premiere with The Philadelphia Orchestra.
Alysia has received national recognition for her work in furthering equity and access in arts education. She has designed and implemented K-12 arts education and professional development programs throughout the east coast. She also has experience in strategic project management, engaging communities with participation barriers, donor cultivation, and building strong community partnerships. As an educator, teaching artist, and arts advocate, Alysia has a broad perspective on the arts education ecosystem.
With Sister Cities Girlchoir, Alysia provided strategic oversight of the program growth from the 20-participant pilot to 400+ membership. Recent speaking and teaching engagements include Chorus America, Americans for the Arts, TEDx, and Maryland Centers for Creative Classrooms.
Alysia is a graduate of Peabody Conservatory, and was a member of the third cohort of New England Conservatory's Sistema Fellowship in partnership with TED. Alysia also completed Executive Education programs at Harvard University and La Salle University.