Morena Piro

Study Coordinator M.A. "musik.welt - Cultural Diversity in Music Education"

Morena Piro studied Romance languages and literature, Italian language and literature and education at the University of Hanover as well as applied languages at the Université Sorbonne Paris IV. Working professionally initially in France, she worked from 2002 at the MusikZentrum Hanover as project manager of the "Workshop Music and Movement" in the FLUXUS network for life and work experience. This project was part of the Learning Regions funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. In 2006, she initiated and managed the cooperation project between the MusikZentrum Hannover, the City of Hannover and the Bürgerstiftung Hannover for the musicalisation of a socially disadvantaged district "Music in Hainholz". Within the framework of this district project, more than 1700 people were successfully integrated into regular music projects in the first three years. One example of the integrative and participatory work done in the district is the project "Mama sings" from 2006, in which mothers from the language education programme "Rucksack" recorded children's songs from seven different countries of origin for their children in a recording studio. The result is a CD and DVD with finger plays from seven countries and a booklet. Morena Piro has received several awards for her involvement in the project "Music in Hainholz", such as the Inventio Prize awarded by the "100 Years of Yamaha Foundation" and the German Music Council, the "Socially Integrative City" prize of the vhw Federal Association, the PwC Future Prize presented by the PwC Foundation and the "Children to Olympus" prize awarded by the Cultural Foundation of the Federal States. As a lecturer for project management, she taught at the Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences and gave lectures at the University of Music, Theatre and Media.
She is active in various committees and juries, e.g. Creole - Germany's Global Music Contest.

Since 2011, Morena Piro has worked as a coordinator at the Center for World Music and is responsible for the advanced and continuing education programme "musik.welt - Kulturelle Diversität in der musikalischen Bildung".

In October 2016, the Community Service Department at the Center for World Music was opened under her leadership.
She initiated and leads the DAAD INTEGRA team at the Center for World Music, which helps refugee musicians increase their chances of getting a place at university.
In 2018, she was named "Cultural Head in Lower Saxony" by the Foundation of Lower Saxony.