MEET THE FACULTY AND STAFF
Patricia P. Fleitas, D.M.A
In her third season as artistic director and conductor of the Delray Beach Chorale (DBC), Dr. Patricia P. Fleitas is founder of the Delray Beach Chorale’s Choral Academy at Florida Atlantic University; an after school program for high school age students to be launched in Fall 2016. Fleitas is professor of music and director of choral and vocal studies at Florida Atlantic University where she conducts the University Chamber Singers and the University’s Latin American choral ensemble, ¡Cantemos! This ensemble is the outcome of Dr. Fleitas’ continuing research in the choral music of Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula. Her ensembles have performed throughout Europe, Canada, and the United States as well as state choral conferences. She was the 2001 recipient of the Florida Atlantic University Faculty Talon Award in recognition of exceptional leadership, commitment, and service to FAU students. She is also a recipient of the 2003 -2004 award for excellence in undergraduate teaching and the 2011 Lifelong Learning grant for continuing research in Colombia.
Dr. Fleitas received a Master of Musical Arts and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Performance from the The University of Texas at Austin, under the tutelage of the late Dr. Morris J. Beachy. In addition, she holds bachelor and master degrees in music education. Some of the choral masterworks with orchestra under Dr. Fleitas’ baton include the FAU Symphony Chorus with the Palm Beach Symphony in performances of Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Mass in C minor, Puccini’s “Gloria” from his Mesa di Gloria, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, and Bruckner’s Te Deum. Also under her baton, the DBC closed its 2015 -2016 season with a performance of Mozart’ Coronation Mass in collaboration with the FAU Chamber Singers, select members of the FAU Women’s Chorus, and members of the Lyn Conservatory Philharmonia.
Prior to joining the music faculty at Florida Atlantic University, Dr. Fleitas was associate coordinator of choral programs at Texas A&M University, College Station. While at Texas A&M, she founded the Texas Collegiate Women’s Choral Festival, an annual event that remains active at the state level. Dr. Fleitas is an active clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor. She serves as president of the collegiate component (FCMEA) of the Florida Music Educators’ Association.
Monica Hidalgo, M.A
Monica Hidalgo, mezzo-soprano,is currently an adjunct professor of voice at Florida Atlantic University and music director of traditional services at First United Methodist Church of Coral Springs. She has been an Artist in Residence with the Delray Beach Chorale fulfilling the role of section leader, soloist, and voice instructor within the Chorale’s Apprentice Program since 2009 while serving as Operations Manager of the Palm Beach Symphony for five consecutive seasons (2009-2014). Most recently she serves as assistant conductor of the Delray Beach Chorale. In 2008 she received the first place award in the Michael and Madelyn Savarick Competition and was selected to present an honor’s voice student recital in the President’s mansion at Florida Atlantic University.
Ms. Hidalgo has performed and recorded throughout South Florida and the United States, including numerous operas with the Palm Beach Opera chorus (2009–2013). Her concert hall repertoire includes such oratorios as Handel’s Messiah, Durufle’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Bach’s Magnificat in D. Ms. Hidalgo is an accomplished and sought after soloist with experience in studio recording and cross over styles; jazz, musical theater, opera, recital repertoire, and Latin American popular songs. She received a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance and a Master of Arts with a concentration in choral conducting from Florida Atlantic University under the tutelage of Dr. Patricia P. Fleitas.
Ms. Hidalgo was the recipient of the Department of Music Graduate Honors Scholarship for two consecutive years. She is certified in Levels I and II of the Somatic Voicework; The LoVetri Method, Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute. Ms. Hidalgo is an active coach, clinician, and private voice instructor. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and the Voice and Speech Trainers Association.
Samuel Flores, baritone, is starting his third season as a Young Artist with the Delray Beach Chorale. As one of the Chorale’s soloists, Samuel also works as a free lance singer throughout the Palm Beaches and a one of the professional singers at the First Methodist Church of Boynton Beach, FL.
He has performed in the Boca Raton Polo Club High Holy Holidays under the direction of Rabbi Offenkrantz in 2015 and has been invited to participate again in 2016. Samuel anticipated graduating from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor of Music with a concentration in vocal performance, from the studio of Dr. Patricia P. Fleitas in the summer of 2016.
Having experienced student recital performances for the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Samuel He participated in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) recitals in 2012 and 2013, an experience that has offered him significant enthusiasm to join this professional affiliation upon graduating from FAU. He plans to continue his education and apply for graduate studies.
Samuel attended the 2016 ANUNA Summer School Program in Dublin, Ireland. His concert hall repertoire includes such oratorios as Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Magnificat in D, recital repertoire and some arias from the Spanish zarzuela repertoire. His singing abilities afford him the opportunity to cross over in styles.
Richard Andreacchio, M.A
Mr. Andreacchio has been the director of choral activities, advanced placement music theory instructor, International Baccalaureate music history instructor, AICE music history instructor, and a Fine Arts Department Chair for the School District of Palm Beach County for 30 years. Mr. Andreacchio is proud of the fact that his students currently have had a 100% pass rate on the IB and AICE course exams earning them 6.0 GPA and college credit while in High School. He began his career at Wellington Landings Middle School, then completed 10 years at Suncoast High School Magnet, and for the past 8 years has led the Music Academy at Santaluces High School. This year he will transition to Olympic Heights High School in Boca Raton.
Mr. Andreacchio is the Past President of the Palm Beach County Music Educators Association, the current District Chair for the Florida Vocal Association, and a member of the Florida Music Educators emerging leaders program. He is a graduate of Palm Beach Community College. Mr. Andreacchio continued his studies at the University of South Florida earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education where he studied piano, voice, and choral methods. He also holds a Masters in Choral Conducting from the Florida Atlantic University.
Mr. Andreacchio has toured extensively with the “Pacesetters” a vocal jazz ensemble chosen to represent the nation as “Good Will Ambassadors” at the 1988 World Expo in Australia. He has conducted the Palm Beach County Middle School, High School, and Handbell Honor Choirs during his 30-year tenure as a Palm Beach County music educator. In 1997 Mr. Andreacchio sat on a seven-member team who revised the course curriculum for all music courses offered in the State of Florida to coincide with the Sunshine State Standards. Mr. Andreacchio has received various nominations and accolades including the Palm Beach Post “Teacher of the Week”, Who’s Who Among High School Teachers, National Collegiate Honor Society, TV channel 12's “I Make A Difference Award” and the highest peer chosen achievement in Palm Beach County, the “William T. Dwyer Teacher of Excellence” Award.
Mr. Andreacchio’s choirs have achieved many accolades and been afforded many performing honors. In 1995 one of his choirs was chosen to sing the national anthem to kick off the Pan-American Games. They auditioned and were chosen out of 32 groups to perform in the New York Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat" for two weeks at the Broward Center Of The Arts. In the summer of 1996 they toured England and Scotland for two weeks giving six performances at various Schools, Churches, and Cathedrals throughout the UK. They returned to Europe in the summer of 1998 for a two-week performing tour of France, Switzerland, Germany, and Austria as part of The American Celebration of Music in Austria. Most recently through a partnership with the Kravis Center of the Performing Arts they performed with Josh Groban, Norm Lewis of Les Mis and Phantom, the Mighty Clouds of Joy, Hezekiah Walker, Kenny Rogers, Shirley MacClain, Michael Feinstein, The Palm Beach Opera Orchestra, Linda Eder, Frederica Von Stadda, and the American Idol Tour. His choirs have performed at both Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Kaylene Dahl, B.M.,
Kaylene is light lyric soprano, currently completing her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy at Florida Atlantic University, under the tutelage of Dr. Patricia Fleitas. Kaylene received her Bachelor of Music degree from Florida Atlantic University in May of 2015, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Throughout her college career, Kaylene was the recipient of numerous vocal scholarships, including the acclaimed Georgina Dieter Dennis Scholarship. She has performed scenes from various operas and has sung roles including “Zerlina” from Don Giovanni, “Susanna” from Le Nozze di Figaro and “Johanna” from Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. In the summer of 2015, Kaylene was invited to participate in the esteemed Sherill Milnes voice workshop in Tampa, Florida. Most recently, Kaylene sang the role of “Susanna” in the Brooklyn Opera Institute’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro in the summer of 2016.
Prior to attending FAU, Kaylene participated in many different competitions and adjudications, and was a second place recipient of the Palm Beach Post Pathfinder Scholarship award in the music-vocal category in 2008. Kaylene has a diverse performance background, participating in FMEA All-State Choirs, Solo and Ensemble MPA, Florida District Thespian Festival, and being a featured vocalist at the Florida Lakeside Jazz Festival.
Cristina Hernandez, M.M., has been teaching middle and high school level choral musical for several years. Her passion and drive for teaching brings to the Delray Beach Chorale's Choral Academy an enthusiasm that will be attractive to the students in the academy. She is currently in her fourth year as the choral director at John I. Leonard High School. Born and raised in Palm Beach County, she earned both her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Florida Atlantic University. Cristina holds professional affiliations in the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) Florida Music Educators' Association (FMEA), Florida Vocal Association (FVA) and the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).
Lindsey Novitske, M.M.E,
Lindsey earned her Bachelor Degree in Music Education from Florida Atlantic University where she also was a member of the women’s soccer team. She earned her Master of Music Education from The Florida State University. Ms. Novitske joined Saint Andrew’s School in 2013 after working eight years for the School District of Palm Beach County. She is the Director of Choirs for middle and upper school at Saint Andrew’s, as well as the instructor for IB Music classes. The Saint Andrew’s School choral ensembles have consistently received high marks at choral festival and music performance assessment festivals (MPA). The upper school chorus, Tartan Singers, has been eligible for state level performance festivals every year under Ms. Novitske’s leadership.
In addition to her duties at Saint Andrew’s, Ms. Novitske has served the past two years on the executive board of the Florida Vocal Association and currently serves as the FVA District 14 coordinator. This year se was nominated as an Emerging Leader for the Florida Music Educators’ Association and will work with board members and other teachers around the state to bring innovative ideas to music curriculum as well as music education advocacy. Ms. Novitske will also be working as the Interim Artistic Director of the Girl Choir of South Florida for the 2016-2017 season.
is a junior majoring in Music Education at Florida Atlantic University. Mr. Miranda has shown a deep interest in the art of choral singing since the 5th grade. He's participated in FMEA Allstate Choirs starting in middle school and ACDA Honor choirs in High school. Michael attended high school at Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. school of the Arts majoring in Vocal Music under the direction of Arlene Graham-Sparks. Mr. Miranda joined the Delray Beach Chorale in 2012 as a Young Apprentice and studied under the direction of the previous Artists in Residence (AIR) with the goal of becoming an AIR himself. In the spring of 2015 Michael auditioned for admission as a voice principal under the tutelage of Dr. Fleitas in the area of choral and vocal studies. Michael's goals include leading a secondary education level choir, singing as a featured soloist and seeking a teaching position that will offer him the opportunity to inspire the next generation of young choral singers.
DBC Board of Directors
Barry Ogrin, President
Delray Beach Chorale
Mr. Barry Ogrin received a bachelor degree in piano performance and music history with a minor in business from xxxxxx in 1975. Fresh out of college Mr. Ogrin started managed arts and civic centers in North Carolina. A native of Charleston, West Virginia, he returned home in the early 1980’s to take over the management of his family’s third generation clothing business.
He moved to Florida in 2005 and continues to manage this successful 95-year old family business. Barry remains active with several South Florida arts organizations while serving as president of the DBC Board of Directors and the bass section leader in the Chorale.
Other Members: Paul Tasca (Vice President), Dee Black (Treasurer), Monica Hidalgo (Secretary), Donna Kennelly, Michael Miranda, Vikki Slavin
DBC Advisory Board
Les Deck is President of the DBC Advisory. He and his wife have sung with the Chorale for several years. His past responsibilities as president of the Board of Directors and in his current role with the Advisory Board demonstrate the level of dedication that Les has for the Delray Beach Chorale. His leadership has been very instrumental in the growth and development of the organization. Les is originally from Iowa and spent his early career in marketing and management with US Gypsum Corporation in Chicago. In the 80’s and 90’s he spent more than fifteen years in the incentive and loyalty marketing business. Les currently lives in Boynton Beach and is a business consultant, helping south Florida CEO’s in their personal and business growth. In his spare time, he has a passion for choral music, fine art, woodworking, and motorsports.
Other Members: Les Deck (Chair), Dan Abbate, Patricia Breman, Loyd Crawley, Alyce Erickson, Morton Kaplan, Susan Klein, Frank Krutchik, Jan Rodusky