Mr. Angel Marchese heads the Choral Program at Robert Morgan High School. He serves as VPA Department Chair and is also Chair Elect of Florida Vocal Association, District 16. He has served as guest conductor for the Miami-Dade Superintendent Honor Choir and has also served as Treasurer of the Dade County Music Educators’ Association. Marchese’s students have performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, National Honor Choir, Regional Honor Choir, State Honor Choir, All State Chorus and Superintendent Honor Choir. His choruses have been selected to perform at the Magnet Schools of America National Convention, Superintendent’s Opening of Schools, and various Town Hall meetings. Marchese’s choirs earned Superior ratings at the State level every year since joining Robert Morgan. He is an active member of several professional organizations, including FVA, ACDA, FMEA, and NAfME. Mr. Marchese’s professional singing career includes performances with Florida Grand Opera, Miami Lyric Opera, Barcelona Opera Studio (Spain), Toledo Opera (OH), Regina Opera (NY), Opera Company of Brooklyn (NY), Village Light Opera (NY). As a concert soloist, his credits include the Greater Miami Youth Symphony, La Rioja Zarzuela Festival (Spain), Opera Naples (FL), Florida Chamber Orchestra, Symphony of the Americas, Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra and Choral Symphony Society (NY). Marchese holds a Masters of Music in Choral Conducting from Florida International University and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Miami.
Choral Director, VPA Department Chair – Robert Morgan High School
District Chairperson Elect – Florida Vocal Association
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Mrs. Jessica Amores Diaz is in her 4th year as Director of Instrumental Ensembles at Robert Morgan High School. Ms. Amores is a product of Miami-Dade County Public Schools and a proud graduate from Miami Coral Park Senior High School.
Ms. Amores received her Bachelors in Music Education degree from Florida International University (FIU) with a Minor in Italian Language. 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. She also has a Masters Degree in Music Education from FIU.
While at Robert Morgan High School, Ms. Amores has consistently had students receive Superior ratings and qualify for state assessment for FBA and FOA Solo & Ensemble performances. Her students have achieved Superior in sight reading at FBA and FOA district assessments. The RMEC Jazz band has received an overall SUPERIOR rating and has performed at FBA State Jazz Assessments under her guidance. She is currently still performing primarily as a clarinet and bass clarinet player for ensembles such as the Greater Miami Symphonic Band and the Les Art Nouveau Chalumeaux Clarinet Choir, but also as a multiple reed performer in community musical productions such as “A Funny thing Happened…Forum”, “Hairspray”, “In the Heights”, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and “Annie”.
Ms. Amores has served as Treasurer for the Dade County Music Educator’s Association (DCMEA). She is also part of the following associations: National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA), Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA), 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). She is also a proud member of the FIU Marching Band alumni Association.
Tiffany Merritt-Brown, a native of Miami, Florida, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.In 2013, she was awarded a full scholarship to complete her dance degree at UW-Madison after transferring from Miami Dade’s Honors College. While at Miami Dade, Tiffany danced under the direction of Michelle Grant-Murray. Described by Isthmus Magazine as “a coolly elegant performer and choreographer that reveals keen intelligence and maturity” Tiffany has performed in works by Kate Corby, Marlene Skog, Chris Walker and Jin-Wen Yu at the UW. She has also worked with the professional dance company Urban Bush Women, as well as choreographers such as Heidi Latsky, Rob Kistos, Beth Gill, Joanna Kotze, Julie Mayo, T-Lang, Elizabeth Corbett, Nia Love. and Charles O. Anderson. Tiffany has presented her work at the American College Dance Association Conferences, informally at the American Dance Festival, the Detroit Dance City Festival, internationally at the WDA-A (World Dance Alliance-Americas Conference) in Puebla, Mexico and at Tanara Public School in Chepo, Panama. Tiffany’s choreography has been praised for its “clear vision, smart craftsmanship [and] fierce performance…[it] is both structurally and choreographically satisfying.” Merritt-Brown is the recipient of the 2016 Virginia Horne Henry Fund for Women’s Physical Education, the Anna Nassif Award, and the Jin-Wen Yu Award..Recently, she was awarded the 2018 American Dance Festival Leadership Scholarship Award which is funded by the Adrienne Arsht Center and granted to a Miami-based dancer. In addition to being the Director of the Robert Morgan Dance Program, she is a company member with Olujimi Dance Theater, a freelance choreographer, and grant writer.
Susan Feliciano designs and develops the Magnet Visual Art Program at the leading Robert Morgan Education Center High School. She executes the exceptional Advance Placement Studio Art: 2D Design and Drawing curricula. She facilitates the top National Art Honor Society as Club Sponsor. Feliciano is a member of respected professional organizations including the National Art Education Association, Florida Art Education Association, and the Dade Art Educators Association where she serves as the Photography and Social Media Chair.
An artist, educator, and poet Feliciano’s work is presented in important exhibitions nationally and internationally most recently, Coral Gables Museum; Arthill Gallery, London; and the Miami-Dade County Public Library System. Her paintings and photography have appeared in distinguished venues throughout South Florida including; Girl’s Club Fort Lauderdale; Sublime Gallery and; Museum of Contemporary Art. Her artwork was part of notable exhibitions such as 9Topics TRIAD, 100+ degrees in the Shade, and PulseMiami. Her paintings are featured in influential publications including [NAME] publications and Florida Design Magazine. Her work is in prominent art collections including Bank of America, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean International, Regent Seven Seas, and Oceania Cruises.
Feliciano participated in prestigious artist residencies and eminent teacher programs including the Juried Artist Program ArtCenter / South Florida and the Fulbright Memorial Fund Japan. She received noteworthy grants in education most recently the Ellie Teacher Travel Grant, the Ideas with IMPACT Disseminator Grant and The Education Fund Adaptor Grant. Feliciano won the coveted Teacher of the Year Award twice – Frederick Douglass Elementary and Hialeah Middle School. She collected the celebrated Friend of Art Education Award from both the Dade Art Educators Association (DAEA) and the Florida Art Education Association (FAEA).
A native of New York, Susan Feliciano attended Florida International University where she received a BA (1992), BFA (2001) and MS (2005). Feliciano is an Adjunct Professor at Florida International University’s Art and Art History program and Director of Inkimaru Studio.
Mrs. Yonettsy Blanco was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She is a product of the Miami Dade County Public School System part of the drama magnet since adolescents being taught and mentored by Tim McNamara, Madelin Marchant, Ana Montoya then at Coral Reef Senior high with Mrs. Ana Mederos-Blanco and James Puig. She is part of the International Thespians Honor Society. She has competed in events such as One Acts, Individual Events, and for the Miami Dade County Youth Fair for Theatre. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Theatre with a minor in Education from Florida International University. She was lucky enough to have studied with some incredible professors at FIU. She also participated in a study abroad program in Stratford-upon-Avon, England where she studied a deep analysis of Shakespeare with guidance from Mr. Phillip Church. Mrs. Blanco has taught Drama for MDCPS at Sunset Elementary, West Miami Middle, and Robert Russa Moton Elementary. During her time at these schools she put on numerous shows including You’re a good man, Charlie Brown, High school musical, Alice in wonderland, and Happily ever after. She has also directed Death of a Salesman written by Arthur Miller in the black box theatre at Florida International University and has participated as a guest choreographer for Bridge Prep Academy’s Musical of Oliver. Mrs. Blanco has also worked professionally with the GableStage front of house theatre and as Education Coordinator for Actor’s Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre. One of her fondest experiences was working with the Box office and Arts administrative team from the Texas Shakespeare Festival in Kilgore, Texas. She has also acted in numerous musicals and plays. Some of her most memorable performances were Prudence from Beyond Therapy, Mama Rose from Gypsy, and Amneris from Aida, for which she received an award for “Best Actress”. Mrs. Blanco also won first place for her special effects makeup at the 24 Hour Film Festival.