ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

ijamesBryan Anthony Ijames, a native of North Carolina, recently completed his third year of teaching. Mr. Ijames is pleased to join the Performing Arts Faculty at Park Vista Community High School as the Director of Choirs.  Mr. Ijames completed his Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting at Eastern Kentucky University located in Richmond, Kentucky. He studied private conducting, choral literature, and rehearsal techniques under composer, conductor, scholar, Richard Waters in 2014.  Bryan completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music at High Point University in 2012. During his time in High Point he was the conductor of the Genesis Gospel Choir, a student lead organization established out of the chapel. Outside of teaching, Bryan is the Associate Director of The Ebony Chorale of the Palm Beaches and is a singing member of Expressio, a semi professional choral ensemble conducted by John Weatherspoon.  Mr. Ijames has performed as tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah,  Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Schubert’ s Mass in G. Mr. Ijames is an active member of American Choral Directors Association, National Association of Music Education and its affiliates: Florida Music Education Association and Florida Vocal Association.  In fall of 2012, Mr. Ijames became a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America Inc. 

 

ABOUT THE VOICE INSTRUCTOR

Marina_headshot.000-4 (2) Marina Renée Hogue, American soprano, just graduated with a Master of Music in voice performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of César Ulloa.
Recently, Marina performed the role of Kitty Hart in the South Florida premiere of the true story Dead Man Walking by Jake Heggie. Marina sang the role of the young coquette Aurore, in Massenet’s Le Portrait de Manon with the  San Francisco Conservatory Opera theater. She was also a young artist with Miami Music Festival and performed the role of Nella in Puccini’s opera Gianni Schicchi, as well as various concert performances of Zarzuela music and opera arias at the Betsy hotel in South Beach.
Marina Renée is an alumni of the Castleton Festival’s young artist program, founded by the late Lorin Maazel. There, she performed Mimi from La Boheme, Sophie from Der Rosenkavlier, and La Princesse in L’Enfant des sortilèges in Castleton’s opera scenes program. Marina has also performed the role of Zweiter Dame (Die Zauberflöte) with Miami Opera Institute. At the University of Michigan, she performed First Mother (Dead Man Walking), Gianetta (The Gondoliers), Iolanthe (Iolanthe), and various opera scenes by Verdi, Mozart, Puccini, Handel, and Monteverdi.
Marina is a Francis B. Furlong scholar, and a graduate of the University of Michigan and San Francisco Conservatory of Music.She was a semi-finalist in the 2015 International Czech and Slovak Competition and has performed in various recitals and opera scenes in Italy, Austria, and the Czech Republic. She currently studies with Manny Perez.

 

ABOUT THE COLLABORATIVE PIANIST

castleBrody Castle, a South Florida native, received his Bachelor’s of Music Education from The Florida State University as a piano principal. He directed high school choirs for 17 years at Park Vista High School, and prior to that, Boca Raton High. Recently he retired from teaching to become a full-time Worship Pastor at West Pines Baptist Church in Greenacres. He has been fortunate to continue a musical relationship with Park Vista, accompanying their choirs and soloists in chorus and band.  Mr. Castle is blessed with a beautiful wife and 6 amazing kids.