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Lake Nona Middle School Chorus: Directors

Courtney Connelly - Middle School Choral Director & Piano Instructor

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Mrs. Connelly has lived in Orlando for twenty years and has worked as a teacher in Orange County since moving to Central Florida. She is a graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor and Masters degree in Music Education and completed her National Board Certification in 2004. She has worked at the middle and high school level as a chorus and piano teacher at Apopka Middle School and at Boone High School.  She is an active choral clinician, adjudicator, and has served as guest conductor of Honor Choruses throughout the state of Florida.  Memberships include Florida Vocal Association, Music Educators National Conference, Florida Music Educators Association and American Choral Directors Association.  She believes strongly in the mission statement of OCPS, that the Arts are a Universal language and that they are a fundamental form of communication for every human being. She is committed to building a strong choral and piano program at Lake Nona that includes all students who have a desire to create and express themselves through music! 

 

Ashley Majka - Middle School Choral Director & Piano Instructor


Mrs. Majka is a native of Crawfordville, Florida and is in her eleventh year of teaching in Orange County Public Schools.  She has experience with students of all ages and has spent much of her teaching career at the middle school level. She joined the Lake Nona Choral Faculty in 2015 and currently teaches chorus, piano and partners with the drama department to direct the school musicals. Prior to Lake Nona Middle School, Mrs. Majka taught at Wolf Lake Middle School in Apopka, Florida where she started the choral and piano programs and was also awarded “Teacher of the Year” in 2013. It was there she piloted a partnership with the AVID program for students to perform on college campuses all over the southeast. Students under her direction have performed at universities such as Florida State, Georgia, Georgia State, Kennesaw State, South Carolina and Vanderbilt. Mrs. Majka holds a Bachelors of Music Education degree from Florida State University and is an active member of the Florida Music Educators Association, Florida Vocal Association and American Choral Directors Association.