April Sharpe-Shirk received her B.F.A. in painting from the University of Miami in 1995; she has exhibited locally and nationally for two decades. Ms. Sharpe is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher with over 17 years of experience in the Miami-Dade County Public School system. Ninety five to one hundred percent of her AP Studio Art students pass their College Board exams annually. In addition, she was the Art Director for the Learning Tree of Arts, a private enrichment center, from 1997-2005. Ms. Sharpe’s philosophy of art education revolves around exposure- not only exposing students to as wide of a range of materials as possible, but also exhibiting their work in every available venue. She feels that visibility is the key to building student portfolios for college acceptance and/ or scholarships. Ms. Sharpe currently lives in Miami with her husband and three children.
Angelo Marchese is described by El Nuevo Herald as an “exquisite tenor with great expression and impeccable technical proficiency”.
Most recently, Angelo performed the role of Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia with the Barcelona Opera Studio in Spain. He also originated the role of Mario Lanza in the world premiere of Lanza, a biographical musical produced by legendary producer Phil Ramone. He has also performed the roles of Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Camille in The Merry Widow, Gustavo in Los Gavilanes, Leon in Pasatieri’s Signor Deluso and Remendado in Carmen, to name a few.
Marchese’s rich timbre, purity of tone, and versatility make him a natural crossover performer, collaborating with artists such as Broadway singer Dave Clemmons and jazz superstar Arturo Sandoval, among many others. In 2011, he took second place in “Su Majestad, La Voz”, a singing competition segment of the widely popular Univision show, Sabado Gigante. In the United States, he has performed with Toledo Opera, Opera Naples, Opera Company of Brooklyn, Miami Lyric Opera, Gold Coast Opera, Pro Arte Grateli, Regina Opera, Chelsea Opera and Florida Grand Opera.
Jessica Amores-Diaz is in her 2nd year as Director of Instrumental Ensembles at Robert Morgan Educational Center. Ms. Amores is proud to be a graduate from Miami Coral Park where she served as Woodwind Captain and Equipment Manager of the Band of Gold. She received her high school degree in the year 2006.
Ms. Amores received her Bachelor in Music degree from the Florida International University with a Major in Music Education and a Minor in Italian Language in 2011. She was the drum major of the FIU Marching Band in its revival year of 2010. Her first teaching position was at Keys Gate Charter School, where she taught 6 & 7th grade beginning band and general music in her first year, and then 7-12 grade band classes in her second year. During her time at Keys Gate, she started a marching band program (including color guard), chartered the school’s first ever chapter of Tri-M Music Honor Society, participated in the school’s first ever FBA District 16 Music Performance Assessment, and helped create the Knights of Gold Band Parent Association. Ms. Amores was offered a Graduate Teaching Assistantship with the Florida International University Marching Band, and had to temporarily resign from the public school system. She is currently finishing her Master’s in Music Education thesis and is hoping to graduate in December 2016.
Ms. Amores has served as Treasurer for the Dade County Music Educator’s Association from 2012-2014. She is also part of the following associations: National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA), Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA), Dade County Music Educator’s Association (DCMEA), Sigma Sigma Sigma National Sorority (ΣΣΣ), Sigma Alpha Iota international Music Fraternity for Women (SAI), is an Honorary Member of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity (KKΨ), and is also part of the teacher’s union at Miami Dade County Public Schools (UTD).