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Southeastern University in Lakeland  will host our 2023 Southern Regional Honor Festival. The event takes place on Saturday, October 21, 2023.


Ernesta Chicklowski
Honor Chorus Clinician

Ernesta Chicklowski is in her 23rd year of music education She holds a bachelors and master’s degree in music education from Florida State University and the University of South Florida. Mrs. Chicklowski the music specialist at Roosevelt Elementary in Tampa and has successfully created a dynamic music program of various ensemble over her 19 years on that campus. Her award-winning children’s choruses have performed for the Florida Music Educators Association Conference (2018), Disney Magic Music Days (2003, 2007, 2012, 2020), America Sings (2016-2020), Florida State Fair, City of Tampa Spotlight Concerts and at many other local community and civic events. Mrs. Chicklowski is the owner of The Studio of South Tampa, where she leads vocal performance groups and youth musical theatre. She is a highly sought out clinician, conductor, and presenter, known for her dedication to choral singing and as a leader in music education. Ernesta Chicklowski proudly serves the state of Florida as a Past President of the

FEMEA and holds levels in Orff, World Drumming, and Modern Band. She was most recently selected at the 2023 Florida Elementary Music Educator of the Year and a 2023 Grammy Music Educator of the Year Finalist. Mrs. Chicklowski is honored to conduct the 2023 FEMEA Central Regional Honor Choir.

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Elizabeth Rook
Honor Orff Ensemble

Elizabeth Rook is honored to conduct the 2023 FEMEA Regional Orff Schulwerk Ensemble. Elizabeth teaches at Perkins Elementary - Center for the Arts & International Studies in Saint Petersburg Florida. This is her 34th year of teaching. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, has a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from USF, Level III Orff Schulwerk from Eastman and Level II World Drumming certification. She is a founding member & past president of the Greater Tampa Bay Area Orff Chapter and has served on the Pinellas County Music Educators Association Board. Mrs. Rook has also served as the Elementary Music Festival Coordinator, directed the Pinellas County Honors Music Festival Chorus, World Drumming Ensembles & Orff Ensembles. Elizabeth has been recognized as the Teacher of the Year for Perkins Elementary, Pinellas County Music Educators Association, and a finalist for Pinellas County Schools where she was named Ambassador of the Profession. Mrs. Rook is a daughter of two music educators and has loved continuing the importance, creativity and passion for music with her students.

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Sean Moats
Modern Band Honors


Sean Moats received his BA in Music from the University of South Florida. He has been an elementary music teacher in Hillsborough county since 2006. He has 15 years of experience teaching modern band in his music classroom as well as with Music Will. He conducted the inaugural all-county elementary modern band for Hillsborough county in 2023. He lives in Wesley Chapel with his wife and two sons.

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