12th Annual First Coast Honors Choir Festival
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Mandarin Presbyterian 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 2015 guest conductor will be Melissa Malvar-Ruiz.
About the Guest Conductor
Melissa Malvar-Ruiz is the Associate Director of the Princeton Girlchoir, where she conducts the Semi-Tones and Grace Notes choirs. She is Director of Recruitment and Outreach at the American Boychoir School in Princeton, NJ, where she conducts an Apprentice Choir. Previously, she was Director of Satellite and After-School Programs with the Indianapolis Children's Choir, and taught public and private school, including K-12 vocal music and AP Music Theory. Mrs. Malvar-Ruiz recently joined the ACDA Eastern Division Board of Directors as Repertoire and Standards Chair for Boy's Choir. Before this appointment, she served on the NJ board as R&S Chair for Children's and Youth Choirs. She holds degrees from Wheaton College and Butler University, where she directed the collegiate Women's Glee Club. She completed her Kodály studies at Capital University and is listed in Who's Who in American Women. Her choral compositions with co-writer Jill Friedersdorf have sold over 50,000 copies, and are published with Colla Voce, Chorister's Guild and Hal Leonard Publishing. Their songs are regularly performed at state, regional, and national choral festivals/conferences.