Miriam Engel – Education and Community Engagement 

Miriam is driven by a desire to understand how people work and live, especially when these lives are infused with music. She believes that our community as a whole can benefit when we are all citizens of the arts; participating in a culture that embraces literature, music, theater, dance, and the visual arts fosters creativity, increases thoughtfulness, and strengthens the spirit.

Miriam’s commitment to this cause was recognized by the Connecticut Arts Administrators Association in May 2017 during their annual Celebration of Arts Advocacy at the Connecticut State Capitol, for “outstanding support and advocacy of the arts in Hartford.”

A native of West Hartford, CT, Miriam studied piano from a young age with Catherine Stockman and later with Margreet Francis. She also studied opera with Susan Mardinly and Benjamin Rauch. At Smith College, where Miriam received a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in Music, and a minor in the Study of Women & Gender, Miriam continued her piano studies with Judith Gordon and her vocal studies with Karen Smith Emerson. After her graduation, Miriam was with the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, managing the visiting artists, before returning to Connecticut to join the staff at the Hartford Symphony Orchestra in August 2015.