We are excited to bring an inaugural FEMEA event to the 2022 South Regional Honors Festival -an auditioned Elementary Honors Modern Band! We are also thrilled to have and Honor Choir and an Orff Ensemble.
Florida International University, Miami
Florida International University in Miami will host our 2022 Central Regional Honor Festival. The event takes place on Saturday, October 22, 2022.
Jamie Sutta, Honor Choir
Jamie Perez Sutta, Founder and Artistic Director of The Children's Voice, is a music educator who is passionate about uniting Miami's diverse young people through experiences in vocal music. Mrs. Sutta established The Children's Voice Chorus in the Fall of 2011 out of a desire to bring the joy of vocal music and group singing to any child who wanted to sing, regardless of their zip code. Under her leadership, CVC choirs have had fantastic performing opportunities, including a live international television performance on Univision's Despierta America; performances in collaboration with artists such as Enrique Iglesias and Julian Marley; national festival performances at Carnegie Hall in New York City; and at the Crescent City Children's Choir Festival in New Orleans. In early 2020, members of CVC represented Miami at Super Bowl LIV with a pre-game performance of “America the Beautiful” with Yolanda Adams. Mrs. Sutta holds a bachelor’s degree in Choral Music Education from Florida State University, and a master's degree in Jazz Vocal Performance from the University of Miami.
Claudia Lusararian, Orff Ensemble
Claudia Lusararian has over 25 years of teaching experience in New York, and Florida. Her undergraduate studies were achieved at Florida International University and her master’s degree is in Music Education, from the University of the Arts, in Pennsylvania. She earned her National Boards in Early Childhood Music in 2011, and her Orff Level III Certification at Villanova University, in Pennsylvania in 2016.
As an advocate for elementary music education, Professor Lusararian’s research includes the effects of the integration of music education and its impact on student learning. In 2017, she received the Teacher of the Year award from Lake Forest Elementary School, where she worked to implement the Turn Around Arts Initiative. Through grants and many partnerships Professor Lusararian had a vital role with the L.F.E. Arts team to produce the musical The Little Mermaid that premiered at the Broward Performing Arts Center.
Professor Lusararian has served as President of the South Florida Orff Chapter for many years; organizing workshops and coordinating summer college courses for music teachers. She has served as the District 1 Chairmen for F.E.M.E.A. Her specialties in the Orff-Schulwerk process have led her to be an active presenter in for music teachers throughout Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. She has had the honor of being the guest conductor at the 2018 Miami/Dade County Schools’ Superintendents Honors Music Festival.
Ryan D. Gardner, Modern Band
Ryan studied classical voice at the University of Miami where he graduated from in 2016 with a bachelor’s in music education. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. His first-year teaching, he was nominated as the Rookie Teacher of the Year at Wesley Matthews Elementary School. Later that year, Ryan earned his certification in the Little Kids Rock Methodology where he began implementing Modern Band into his daily curriculum. In 2022, he was inducted into the FMEA Emerging Leaders Program. Ryan now teaches at Frank C. Martin International K-8 Academy in Miami, FL. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Ryan also works in the office of Visual and Performing Arts as a Music Curriculum Support Specialist, aiding teachers in both the South and Central Regions of Miami-Dade County Public Schools.