TIMOTHY A. SHARP
Timothy A. Sharp has served as Music Director of the award-winning Miami Children’s Chorus for more than 25 years. Mr. Sharp earned his B.A. in Music Education from Bethune-Cookman University, M.S. in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and received an Artist-Teacher Diploma from the Choral Music Experience Institute for Choral Teacher Education led by noted educator/conductor Doreen Rao, Ph.D. Mr. Sharp teaches general music at Vineland K-8 Center in Miami-Dade County, Florida in addition to his role as music director of the MCC. As a performer, he appeared with the FGO Chorus for five seasons. He continues to prepare children to appear in productions of the FGO. In 2012-2013 preparing children for La bohème (Giacomo Puccini) and The Magic Flute (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart). He has presented workshops for the Florida Elementary Music Educators Association, the Virginia Choral Directors Association, the American Guild of Organist • Stamford Chapter and the CME Institute for Choral Teacher Education. Mr. Sharp has also conducted workshops at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County on developing the child’s voice and leads the MCC project Sing Miami! held at the Arsht Center. He appears annually at the Arsht Center as a professional development facilitator for the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Division of Social Sciences on African-American Spirituals.
Mr. Sharp has also served as guest conductor for the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent’s Annual Honors Music Festival (Miami, FL), Broward County Schools Elementary Honor Choir (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) and the Norman Public Schools All-City Fifth Grade Chorus (Norman, OK). Mr. Sharp has been awarded a MAXIE award by the New World School of the Arts in recognition of his contributions to the arts for children; named Educator of Note by the Young Patronesses of the Opera and Arts Teacher of the Year by the Children’s Cultural Coalition. He is a Past President of the Miami-Dade County Music Educators Association as well as past Committee Chairperson for Children’s Choirs and Ethnic and Multicultural Perspectives for the Florida Chapter of ACDA.
Assistant Music Director/Ensemble Conductor
A recent Music Education graduate of the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, Liana Salinas is the MCC Assistant Music Director and ensemble conductor for Intermedio. She is a music teacher at Miami Arts Charter School where she conducts the middle school choir in addition to her other teaching duties. Liana is an alumna of the Miami Children’s Chorus where she was a member for 10 years. During her time in the MCC she received the Christie Prieto Memorial Distinguished Chorister Award for her leadership and musicianship. We welcome her addition to our staff and look forward to her sharing her skills with the children.
CYNTHIA A. KOHANEK
Beginning Chorus Conductor Cynthia A. Kohanek, earned her B.M. in Music Education from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami and a M.S. in Music Education from Florida International University. Ms. Kohanek is also a National Board Certified Teacher. She is a former chorister in the MCC and served as the Assistant Music Director for many years. She is pleased to return to her MCC Family as conductor of the Beginning Chorus. Ms. Kohanek is a frequent clinician and adjudicator for many county performances and vocal evaluations. She is an adjunct professor at Florida International University and teaches general music at Pinecrest Elementary School. Her professional memberships include MENC – The National Association for Music Education and the American Choral Directors Association. She currently serves as Vice-President for the Miami-Dade County Music Educators Association.
Principal Accompanist Dr. Alan Ngim, is Associate Professor of Music and Director of the Piano and Chamber Music Program at the Wolfson Campus of Miami Dade College. A frequent performer of contemporary music, Ngim has received positive reviews for his performances and has appeared on television and radio. Dr. Ngim earned his doctorate in piano accompanying and chamber music from the University of Miami in 1997, where he was awarded a University Fellowship. He holds bachelor degrees in both music and computer science from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a master’s degree in piano performance and pedagogy from Northwestern University.
Dr. Virginia Covarrubias, a native of Mexico, has devoted her career to solo performance, collaborative piano and piano education. Her piano awards include 3rd prizewinner of the ”Manuel de Falla Piano Competition”
at the National School of Music – UNAM in Mexico City, and 1st prizewinner of the “Chamber Music Honors Competition” at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA.
Dr. Covarrubias holds a Bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the National School of Music of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, a Master’s degree in piano performance from the Longy School of Music, and a Doctoral degree (D.M.A) in collaborative piano and chamber music from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. Her piano professors include: Guadalupe Parrondo, Maria Teresa Frenk, Robert Merfield, Paul Posnak and Ivan Davis (direct student of Vladimir Horowitz).
Currently, she serves as piano faculty and collaborative pianist at the Miami-Dade College in Miami, Florida. Her piano students have received prizes in piano competitions at the College and scholarships throughout the country. Dr. Covarrubias has been nominated for the Grammy’s Music Educator Award.
TO BE ANNOUNCED
Originally from Peru, Viviana H. Liviero, received a bachelor in graphic design and fine arts from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, and upon moving to Miami worked for several publication and advertising agencies. Before joining the MCC as Business Manager, Mrs. Liviero was an active volunteer for the organization, supporting her daughter – now an MCC Alumna. Viviana joined MCC’s administrative team in 2010 and works in partnership with the Artistic Administrator to oversee the successful operation of the program.
Community Outreach Coordinator
Lucrecia Loumiet served as Executive Director of Miami Children’s Chorus for many years, and remains active as Community Outreach Coordinator. Loumiet disseminates press releases and concert and event information to her extensive list of media contacts, and works with community organizations to facilitate their members’ attendance at concerts and activities. Originally from Peru, Loumiet has lived in Miami since the 1970s and has been a tireless advocate for the arts and the community.