Dr. josephine liu moerschel
("Dr. Jo") is the Executive and Artistic Director of Elemental Strings and directs the Elemental Strings Chamber Orchestra. 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. Josephine sits on the boards of the Southern California Viola Society and the Greater Los Angeles Area branch of the American String Teachers' Association.
In addition to her teaching, Josephine can frequently be heard in the viola sections of 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.
Josephine received a doctorate in viola performance from the University of Texas at Austin in 2003. Her primary teachers include Roger Myers, Donald McInnes, Masao Kawasaki and Catharine Carroll.