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.