Jamie Perez Sutta
Founder and Artistic Director of The Children's Voice Chorus, Jamie Perez Sutta, is an example of the transformative power of music education in overcoming adversity, promoting good citizenship, and encouraging personal growth that transcends all aspects of life.
In 2003, having graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Choral Music Education from Florida State University with a full scholarship, Mrs. Sutta's leadership abilities and passion for making a difference were fostered in her first teaching position at Ocoee Middle School in Orlando, where she directed four choral groups. Under her direction, each chorus achieved a high level of personal and musical excellence, earning superior ratings for three consecutive years at the Florida Vocal Association's Music Performance Assessments.
As a vocalist, Mrs. Sutta has had the opportunity to perform nationally and internationally. She holds a master's degree in Vocal Jazz Performance from the University of Miami, where she graduated in 2009. Mrs. Sutta has had the honor of sharing the stage with the likes of Ellis Marsalis, Billy Taylor, William Warfield, Tierney Sutton and Nicole Yarling. With the band GDO Soul, she has performed at a wide range of venues including Miami Heat's Chris Bosh's wedding and the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. In 2010, her work in the music video Gotta Keep Reading was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Most recently, Mrs. Sutta served as an adjunct voice professor at Palm Beach Atlantic University in the Popular Music Department. During her time at PBA, she founded and directed the children's chorus in the Preparatory Department. She is currently the Director of Choral Activities at Old Cutler Presbyterian Church.
Having established The Children's Voice Chorus in the Fall of 2011, Mrs. Sutta continues to uphold CVC's mission of providing young singers of all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds in Miami-Dade County with superior choral music education, emphasizing musical and personal growth, as well as diversity; all aspects of which she was exposed to throughout her musical development. Since its inception, CVC has tripled in size, cultivated enduring community relationships, and gained recognition throughout Florida. Now celebrating its third season, the choir is becoming a prominent symbol of musical excellence and cultural importance in Miami. Mrs. Sutta is thrilled to be working with such talented young musicians and looks forward to the positive impact that CVC will have in these children's lives and the community.