marketing and patron services intern
Shira Samuels-Shragg is thrilled to be joining the LACO team as the marketing Intern for the summer. Currently a music major at Swarthmore College, Shira is a pianist, violist and aspiring conductor. She has held conducting internships with Los Angeles Youth Orchestra (2016-17) and National Youth Orchestra of the USA (summer 2015), and has conducted professional ensembles such as Chamber Orchestra First Editions and The Nimbus Ensemble. An avid chamber musician, Shira played piano in multiple chamber groups throughout high school, and is now part of the Naiman Piano Trio which recently performed Brahms’s Clarinet Trio in A minor. Shira also enjoys serving as assistant principal viola of the Swarthmore College Orchestra.
When she returns to campus in the fall, Shira looks forward to conducting the Swarthmore College Lab Orchestra in performances featuring the Jasper Quartet and Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster David Kim, and to being the music director of Swarthmore’s production of the musical “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”
When she isn’t in a practice room or quietly cursing over her music theory homework, Shira can be found in modern jazz and ballet classes, serving on the board of Swarthmore’s Jewish organization Kehilah, or generating as many puns as possible.