Elizabeth Goldstein, Artistic Director
Elizabeth “Liz” Goldstein graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance. For the past seventeen years, she has been the Director of Music and Organist for the First United Methodist Church in Sarasota. Liz co-founded the West Coast Children’s Chorus which ran for almost eight years. She has done post-graduate choral and organ studies at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, North Carolina School of the Arts, and Southern Methodist University. Liz’s musical and performance background ranges from classical to pop.
“I wanted to take advantage of the vast repertoire of choral literature written specifically for women’s voices, and I was fortunate to come together with a very talented group of women who shared this vision. Most were already involved with multiple auditioned music organizations in Sarasota and beyond, yet all embraced the concept and were willing to devote their time and talent to pursue this effort which has become a true celebration of women’s voices.”
Jonathan Spivey earned a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. A national finalist in the Music Teacher’s National Association auditions, his concert appearances include Long Island; Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall; Melbourne (Florida); Trondheim, Norway; Stockholm, Sweden; and Seoul, Korea.
Dr. Spivey, Principal Keyboard for the Sarasota Orchestra, has been the pianist of the New Artists Piano Quartet of the Florida West Coast Symphony since 1991. He is a founding member of the Arioso Trio in Tampa. He has collaborated with several faculty members of the Sarasota Music Festival where he has been on the associate piano faculty since 1992. He serves as Organist at Pine Shores Presbyterian Church in Sarasota, where he lives with wife, Yoko, and two children, Sebastian and Olympia.