Albert Oppenheimer is the Director of the People’s Music School’s YOURS Project, an El Sistema-inspired social change initiative providing transformative orchestral experience to children throughout Chicago. A graduate of the New England Conservatory’s Sistema Fellows program, Albert combines a depth of community and youth development experience with his compositional background in order to collaborate with others to create programs which, through music, enhance the lives of children, families, and communities.
Albert has served as the Arts Department Head and Arts Education Director for the Henry S. Jacobs Camp in Utica, Mississippi, working with over 400 children each summer. Albert has also served as faculty for the NEC Preparatory School, NEC School of Continuing education, and maintains a private studio throughout the USA.
Albert started writing music at age eleven and began writing and directing theater in high school. His love of both art forms has translated into explorations blurring the lines between theatrical and musical performance. Theatrical, energetic, and effervescent, Albert’s music is ‘postmodern’ and influenced by a wide range of musical styles, from Bartok to hip-hop. One of Albert’s current projects include a commissioning project creating new tiered repertoire for youth orchestras in which musicians of many different levels play together.
Albert Oppenheimer hails from Starkville, Mississippi and is currently based in Chicago, IL. With a B.M. and M.M. from the New England Conservatory, Albert spent an amazing seven years in boston, having studied with Michael Gandolfi, John Mallia, Kati Agòcs, and John Heiss. His East-coast mentor is the Tony Award-winning Broadway orchestrator, William David Brohn.