MCC’s new Artistic Director, Liana Salinas, is no stranger to us. Ms. Salinas has been a part of the MCC family for 20 years. She began her journey with the chorus at eight years old and simply never left. During her 10 years as a chorister, Ms. Salinas received the Christie Prieto Outstanding Chorister Award in 2006 and 2008. She remains the only chorister to have ever received this distinction twice. Upon graduating from the chorus, Ms. Salinas became the Intermediate Chorus Rehearsal Assistant under the guidance of Joanna Habermann, and later Kate Longo, who currently serves as the Director of Choral Studies at Florida International University.
Ms. Salinas holds a Bachelor of Music with a specialization in Music Education, and emphasis in jazz, from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. She served as MCC’s Assistant Music Director and Intermediate Chorus Conductor from 2013-2018. In this role, she worked hand-in-hand with her lifelong mentor Mr. Timothy A. Sharp.
Ms. Salinas is the CEO and Founder of Miami Voice Lessons, a company which seeks to provide the best possible private lesson environment for students, teachers, and parents, by matching students with teachers and creating personalized lesson plans. She also serves as the Assistant Director of the Miami Jazz Cooperative Voices, a community jazz vocal ensemble under the direction of Larry Lapin, founder of the University of Miami’s acclaimed Jazz Vocal Program. Ms. Salinas is also a proud member of the Rotary Club of South Miami through which she lead’s the Rotary Jams series--a project which supports arts education and provides a platform for local artists to perform and collaborate.
Ms. Salinas served as Miami Arts Charter School’s Associate Choral Director from 2012-2017. She has worked with several merited music education programs, both locally and abroad, including the University of Miami’s Frost Preparatory Program, the Community Arts Program, Share the Music, Litchfield Jazz Camp in Connecticut, and Jamaica Music Camp. Ms. Salinas has had the honor and the pleasure of collaborating with world renowned musicians including Juan Luis Guerra, Juanes, Darmon Meader, and Sydney Guillaume.
Ms. Salinas is honored to serve as the Miami Children’s Chorus’ Artistic Director and Advanced Chorus Conductor. Her extensive experiences with the Miami Children’s Chorus give Ms. Salinas a unique opportunity to continue the legacy of excellence Mr. Sharp leaves behind.