Dr. Josephine Liu Moerschel is the Executive and Artistic Director of Elemental Strings. She is on the faculty of the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach, and the Long Beach City College. Recently, she served as co-director of the Los Angeles branch of Junior Chamber Music and ViolaFest Los Angeles. Dr. Moerschel sits on the board of the Southern California Viola Society and serves as the Secretary for the Board of Directors of the Greater Los Angeles Area branch of the American String Teachers’ Association.
In addition to her teaching, Dr. Moerschel can frequently be heard in performing with many southern California ensembles. She is a member of the New West Symphony, and has performed with many other groups in LA, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, Opera Pacific, Pacific Symphony, Los Angeles Master Chorale and Long Beach Symphony.
Her students have been heard performing in leading youth orchestras in Los Angeles, as well as conservatories and music festivals across the country.
Dr. Moerschel received a doctorate in viola performance from the University of Texas at Austin in 2003. She has studied with Donald McInnes, Roger Myers, Masao Kawasaki and Catharine Carroll.
Dr. Moerschel is married to Jonathan Moerschel, violist of the Calder Quartet. They make their home on the westside of Los Angeles, where they and their cockatiel, two cats, and two cockapoos reside in a cozy little house. In her free time, she enjoys eating good food, walking the dogs, traveling, reading, and playing with her assorted Apple products.