Elizabeth (Lizzy) Berger graduated from Newcomb College of Tulane University in
May of 2005 with a BA in Economics (summa cum laude) and a BFA in Music
Performance (cum laude). Attending Tulane University on a dean’s honor
scholarship, Lizzy was involved in many organizations on campus, including Green
Wave Ambassadors, Student Alumni Ambassadors, Student Academic Judiciary
Committee, Musical Theater Workshop and the Tulane Chorus. As a vocal
performance major, she had opportunities to sing around New Orleans and, more
importantly, on campus and at events at President and Mrs. Cowen’s home. She
received the Mary Cortner Ragland Music Scholarship and wrote her senior honors
thesis on the economic viability of symphony orchestras which included a case study
on the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
After graduation, Lizzy returned to her hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio and took a
position with Western Southern Financial Group. In Cincinnati, she was an active
volunteer, providing meals to the homeless with the 5000 Club, singing with the
Christ Church Cathedral Choir, and helping out with a local youth group. She
watched as New Orleans struggled to its feet after Hurricane Katrina and vowed to
return and be part of the recovery.
In December of 2006, Lizzy accepted a position with Smith Barney in New Orleans.
Upon returning to New Orleans, she met with former professors and friends in the
music community. Local music organizations were in strong need of assistance and
fresh energy. She began volunteering with the Friends of Music, the Symphony and
the Junior Committee of the New Orleans Opera. She joined the Christ Church
Cathedral Choir (in New Orleans) and the Newcomb Alumnae Board. She became a
Newcomb Town Mom. In 2007, she became a member of the Junior League of New
Orleans and currently volunteers at the Green Charter School in the Edible School
In addition to her volunteer work, she is currently preparing for a PhD program in
Finance and is teaching SAT courses with the Princeton Review. A strong supporter
of Tulane University and the city of New Orleans, Lizzy is proud to accept the Tulane
Alumni Association Young Alumna Volunteer award.