Malissa Vazquez joined Florida’s Singing Sons Boychoir as an Administrative Assistant in January of 2000, providing assistance to General and Business Management, our Music Director, Music Assistants, Bookkeeper and FSSB parents. In addition, she managed concert advertising and ticket sales.
Now under the position of Choir Manager, Malissa also organizes and attends camps and assists Mr. Denison in a production capacity at concerts, and additionally manages and attends tours with the Boychoir.
Malissa grew up in the South and North Central areas of Florida, and received her Associate of Arts Degree in Drama in 1999. Since then, she continues to study her craft and pursues her love of performance whenever she can by auditioning and performing within the South Florida Theatre, Film and Voice-Over communities.
Since joining the Singing Sons team in 2007 Mr Steynor, in consultation with Mr Denison, has undertaken the responsibility of revamping the upper Levels of the Theory program. As an educator he has worked with musicians of all ages including teaching at an elementary school and assisting High School students at the New World School of the Arts in downtown Miami. Currently he accompanies both the Singing Sons Concert Choir and the South Florida Master Chorale, the area’s premier choral ensemble. He grew up in the British Cathedral tradition, singing daily services as a boy at Guildford Cathedral, where he was chorister and, in his final year there, Head Chorister. He started piano lessons at six years old and at age 13 scored the UK’s highest mark in the exam period for Grade 7 piano. On leaving the cathedral choir he kept singing through his voice change at a local church, and began organ lessons. Matthew Steynor moved to South Florida in 2004 and is now one of the most prominent church musicians in the area. He is the Director of Music at Trinity Cathedral in Miami, where he directs and accompanies the Cathedral Choir, as well the Anglican Chorale of Southeast Florida, a group which he co-founded. He moved to South Florida from The Bahamas, where he lived for two years, enjoying a reputation as the nation’s foremost organist. He is still active as a solo recitalist and this year made his solo debut on Classical South Florida’s PipeDreams. Singing Sons know that Mr Steynor is an advocate for using all resources, especially the internet, to further one’s education. To find out more about Matthew Steynor and listen to his recordings, visit google.com, iTunes or amazon.com. Mr Steynor’s professional recordings are mostly from his days as a student at Cambridge University in England, which are still in circulation and have been heard on classical radio stations around the world. “To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.”
Daniel Copher has been a resident of Fort Lauderdale for twelve years, moving to escape the harsh winters of Minneapolis. He has been Organist/Choirmaster at All Saints Episcopal Church in downtown Fort Lauderdale for ten years. Additionally, he is in his eighth season as Music Associate/Accompanist for the Florida Singing Sons Boychoir. His tours with Singing Sons include San Francisco, the Czech Republic, the upper Midwest, Italy and the Northeast US and Canada. Daniel is a PhD candidate in Comparative Studies: Applied and Performing Arts at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL. His dissertation topic is Authenticity of Space: 21st Century Convergence of Sacred Music and Sacred Architecture. Daniel completed his undergraduate work at the University of Oklahoma in music and architecture studying with renowned organ professor, Mildred Andrews Boggess. His graduate work includes choral studies with Dennis Shrock, liturgical studies, and an MBA. In Minnesota he was partner in an architectural firm and served as Chapel Organist for fifteen years at the Catholic University of St. Thomas. As accompanist for the St. Thomas Liturgical Choir, he played for numerous European and Middle Eastern tours including the Vatican Christmas Midnight Mass in 1988 and 1998.
*Tina Gill *holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education from the University of Miami and a Masters Degree in Choral Conducting from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. Mrs. Gill has studied conducting with Dr. Lee Kjelson, Dr. Eph Ehly, Dr. Robert Gower, Dr. Donald Oglesby, and Dr. Kathleen Shannon. Tina also holds the National Board Certification in Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood Music.
Upon earning her Bachelor Degree in 1989, Tina began her teaching career in the Palm Beach County School District. Joining the Broward District in 1995, Tina taught at Nova High School and Western High School and is currently the Choral and Band Director at Tequesta Trace Middle School in Weston. Tina also serves as the Residence Choir Director with the Florida’s Singing Sons.
Tina serves as an adjudicator and clinician around the state of Florida and is a certified adjudicator with the Florida Vocal Association. Tina is an active member of the professional organizations: NAfME, FMEA, FVA, ACDA, SAI, ODK, and FBA. Tina has served the Florida ACDA Chapter as its founding webmaster for 10 years, and is currently the Repertoire and Standards Committee Chair for Music and Worship for the state. Tina has also served the Florida Vocal Association as District 15 Chairman and has written curriculum for the Broward County Schools Music Curriculum Specialist. Tina has had the privilege of conducting the Broward All County Elementary Choir in 2006 and 2007and 2012 and the Palm Beach County Middle School Honor Choir in 2009.
Tina is also an active church musician having held positions as Soprano soloist at various churches in South Florida. Mrs. Gill is currently employed at the Plantation Community Church.
Mrs. Gill is married and has three children.
Carol Ann Casey received her BA and MS degrees from Barry University in the areas of Music Education and Computer Education. She Directs the Training Choir and teaches theory to the Residence Choir.
She is an accomplished teacher, musician and vocal performer. She taught music in the Miami-Dade County School System for thirty years. During those years she was recognized several times as “Teacher of the Year” at her school and her region. She has also been recognized in “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers” and in “Outstanding Elementary Teachers of America”.
Her professional associations include National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Florida Music Educators Association, Florida Elementary Music Educators Association, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and Delta Kappa Gamma Society International (DKG).
She has been a soloist, section leader and music director for numerous choirs and churches in the Miami-Dade and Broward areas. She sings with the Master Chorale of South Florida and is on their board of directors. She is presently alto soloist/section leader at St. John’s on the Lake United Meth. Church, Miami Beach, Florida.
Jeanette Shorey’s is in her third year as a Training Choir Director with Florida’s Singing Sons Boychoir. Jeanette is an Elementary school General Music Teacher and an Arts Integration Specialist who designs exciting musical programs for children from Pre-K through 5th grade. She has been directing children’s choirs for over a decade and considers her job with The Florida Singing Sons the best part of her week. She has her National Board Certification in Elementary Music K – 6 and her Masters Degree in Education with a Specialization in Literacy. Jeanette recently started her own business called More Than Music, Inc. She is working on bringing Arts Integration programs to Aftercare programs, libraries and children’s groups across Broward County. Jeanette sings with her church choir and enjoys spending time with her 2 children, her family and friends.
Marie D’Angiolillo grew up in Somerset, NJ where she began studying music at a young age. She received her bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, where she studied percussion and voice. She currently teaches all of the choirs and Early Childhood music at St. Mark’s Episcopal School in Oakland Park. Ms. D’Angiolillo is a member of the FMEA, FEMEA, NAFME, FVA, and is a sister of Sigma Alpha Iota Women’s Music Fraternity. She is very excited to join the Singing Sons Family as one of the Training Choir Conductors for her first concert. She would like to thank Mr. Denison, Mrs. Casey and Ms. Shorey for welcoming her to this organization and for this wonderful opportunity!