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JAMIE PEREZ
Founder & Artistic Director

Founder and Artistic Director of The Children's Voice Chorus, Jamie Perez Sutta, is an example of the transformative power of music education in overcoming adversity,promoting good citizenship, and encouraging personal growth that transcends all aspects of life.

In 2003, having graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Choral Music Education from FloridaState University with a full scholarship, Mrs. Sutta's leadership abilities and passion for making a difference were fostered in her first teaching position at Ocoee Middle School in Orlando, where she directed four choral groups. Under her direction, each chorus achieved a high level of personal and musical excellence, earning superior ratings for three consecutive years at the Florida Vocal Association's Music Performance Assessments.

As a vocalist, Mrs. Sutta has had the opportunity to perform nationally and internationally.She holds a master's degree in Vocal Jazz Performance from the University of Miami, where she graduated in 2009. Mrs. Sutta has had the honor of sharing the stage with the likes ofEllis Marsalis, Billy Taylor, William Warfield, Tierney Sutton and Nicole Yarling. With the band GDO Soul, she has performed at a wide range of venues including Miami Heat's Chris Bosh's wedding and the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. In 2010, her work in the music video Gotta Keep Reading was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Mrs. Sutta served as an adjunct voice professor at Palm BeachAtlantic University in thePopular Music Department. During her time at PBA, she founded and directed the children's chorus in the Preparatory Department. She is currently the assistant music director at Old Cutler Presbyterian Church.

Having establishedThe Children's Voice Chorus in the Fall of 2011, Mrs. Sutta continues to uphold CVC's mission of providing young singers of all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds in Miami-Dade County with superior choral music education, emphasizing musical and personal growth, as well as diversity; all aspects of which she was exposed to throughout her musical development. Mrs. Sutta is thrilled to be working with such talented young musicians and looks forward to the positive impact that CVC will have in these children's lives and the community.

 
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LAURAH MERISIER
Choral Director

Laurah Merisier is the product of the Florida Public School system and an example of what is possible when students are exposed to quality music education resources. Growing up in South Florida, Ms. Merisier sang in the choir at Everglades High School in Miramar under the Direction of Shanpatrick Davis, the current Director of Choirs at Coral Reef Senior High School, and took private piano lessons from Broward County local piano educator, Susana Malnati.

 Ms. Merisier graduated from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree of Music in Music Education. Throughout her time at the University of Miami, Ms. Merisier was given two opportunities to give back to her community through her love of music. First, as a music mentor at North Miami Middle School working with the outreach program, Guitars Over Guns, teaching hip-hop band after school to underserved middle school students; and as a general music teacher with Frost MusicReach, now called Shalala MusicReach, a music outreach organization, teaching music skills to underprivileged students in Coconut Grove community centers.

 After graduating from UM, Ms. Merisier went on to be the Director of Choirs and assistant director of Musical Theatre at Bridgeprep Academy of Arts & Minds, a public arts charter high school in Coconut Grove. She then taught general music to 2nd through 9th grade students at Mater Academy of International Studies in Allapattah.