Bithyah Israel, a Boston native raised in San Diego, returned to Boston 18 years ago.
A cellist for 30 years, she founded a youth-centered cello program, City Strings United, in 2012, which she continues to direct. A teaching artist fellowship through the Massachusetts Cultural Council (2016-2017) increased her interest in professional development as an artist.
Ms. Israel has composed and arranged music and acted in Boston-area theatrical productions. She is a member of the Celebrity Series Community Engagement Committee, Boston International Film Festival, Massachusetts Production Coalition, and is currently scoring for two graduate student films.
Ms. Israel holds a BA in health administration and has worked as a Spanish medical interpreter in Boston-area hospitals and clinics. In 2014, Bithyah received the “Women of Courage and Conviction” award from the National Council of Negro Women Greater Boston Section for her work with City Strings United.