Liz Shropshire

Executive Director and International Program Director


Liz Shropshire

has more than twenty years of experience as a composer and music teacher. She received her BA from Brigham Young University in Music Composition and Theory and an advanced graduate degree from the University of Southern California in Composition for the Music Industry.  She was recently awarded the BYU Alumni Achievement Award for her "powerful and long-lasting contribution to children around the world."

 

Educator

Her experience as an educator includes five years’ teaching emotionally-disturbed elementary and secondary school students in Los Angeles; musical instruction in Los Angeles-area elementary schools; private musical instruction for students ages 4 to 60; and service as educational director for the Long Beach Symphony.

Humanitarian and Founder

In August 1999, Liz took leave of her musical career in Los Angeles to embark on her work in Kosovo, where thousands of refugees were suffering from the aftermath of war. She solicited donations of more than $5000 in instruments and music before traveling to Kosovo as a volunteer. In the city of Gjakove, Liz successfully organized and taught a  music program in secondary schools and transit shelter camps.

The program was remarkably successful in improving the lives thousands of Kosovar children.  In January, 2000, she established The Shropshire Music Foundation, which would eventually expand to advance the welfare of children and their communities around the world. 

Liz’s organizational responsibilities include program curriculum development and staff and volunteer training for the Syrian refugee, Bangladesh, Northern Ireland and Uganda programs, as well as teaching, conducting seminars, and speaking engagements on peace, children, war-trauma, and tolerance in the United States. She spends most of the year living and working in the areas she serves. She also supervises all daily operations of the Shropshire Music Foundation.

Kim Crittenden

Managing Director


Kim Crittenden

brings more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector.  Kim has served in every nonprofit organizational role from program volunteer to Executive Director.  As a nonprofit consultant, she specializes and enjoys assisting start-up and smaller nonprofits grow.  Kim helps manage the operations of The Shropshire Music Foundation including communications and outreach, fundraising, board support, compliance, etc.