13th Annual First Coast Honors Choir Festival
Saturday, January 30, 2016
Deermeadows Baptist Church
Each year, The Jacksonville Children’s Chorus sponsors a day-long program to honor 150 local fourth, fifth, and sixth grade children who have been recognized by their music educators for their singing ability, musical aptitude, and strong work ethic. The children spend the day rehearsing with a nationally recognized clinician and conductor, and the event culminates in a performance of the newly-formed Honors Choir. The 2016 guest conductor will be Christina Kalliaridou of Corfu, Greece.
About the Guest Conductor
Christina Kalliaridou was born in 1965. She has obtained the Advanced Certificate (Ptychion) in Harmony as well as in Piano performance from the Macedonian Odeion of Thessaloniki and diploma in bassoon performance from the Neon Odeion of Thessaloniki. She is a graduate of the Department of Music Studies - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1990). She also holds a degree in Business Administration by the Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki (1985).
She continued her studies at the Higher School of Music and Performing Arts of Vienna with a scholarship from the Greek State Scholarships Foundation, studying bassoon with Camillo Öhlberger and Milan Turković (1990-1993). She has also attended piano and bassoon master classes by distinguished musicians.
Christina Kalliaridou has worked as piano and bassoon teacher for many years in various music schools in Thessaloniki. She was the conductor of the children’s choir of the Choral Centre of Panagouda Church in Thessaloniki (1987-1989). Since 1996 she works as music teacher in Primary Education in Corfu, Greece since 2006.
She attended master classes in choral conducting with J.A. Bartle, B. Astulez, A. van der Merwe, A. Kontogeorgiou, D. Rao and F. Sjöberg. In 2015, she obtained a master’s degree in choral conducting (for children’s choirs) from the Ionian University, Corfu.
In November 2007, upon her own initiative and the support of the Cultural Union of Potamos in Corfu, she formed the Children’s Choir of Potamos, which she also supervised and conducted until 2010. Since then she is director of the Corfu Choir, as well as of the Corfu Children’s Choir.