Connie Drosakis is currently in her 35th year of teaching (currently in her 21st year at Bak MSOA). Prior to teaching at the Bak Middle School of the Arts, Ms. Drosakis taught at Christa McAuliffe Middle School for fourteen years. She received the Bachelor and Master of Music Education/Choral Conducting degrees from Florida State University. At FSU, Ms. Drosakis was the recipient of the Irving Cooper Memorial Scholarship in Choral Music Education.
Her choruses have been selected to perform with the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of James Judd, and in festival choruses under the direction of Doreen Rao and Henry Leck. Under her directorship, all four Choral Groups have received straight superior ratings for 18 consecutive years at the Florida Vocal Association’s Music Performance Assessments. In addition, her choruses have received high praise and several awards at middle and high school festivals and competitions both nationally and internationally. Choruses under her direction have also performed at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City, as well as Southern Division and National Conventions of the American Choral Directors Association. Most recently, the Bak MSOA 7th and 8th Grade Girls Chorus performed at the 2011 National ACDA Conference in Chicago and at the 2017 National ACDA Conference in Minneapolis. In January of 2015, Ms. Drosakis conducted the Florida All-State High School Women’s Chorus. In November of 2008, she received the Wayne Hugoboom Distinguished Service Award from the Florida Chapter of the American Choral Director’s Association for dedicated service, leadership and constant examples of excellence in Choral Music in Florida. This past July, Ms. Drosakis was inducted into the Florida Vocal Association Hall of Fame.
Ms. Drosakis is an active adjudicator and clinician for district evaluation festivals and county honor choirs throughout the states of Florida and Alabama. She has conducted All-State Choirs in in North Carolina, Alabama, Missouri, and Mississippi. She conducted the Georgia All-State Middle School Chorus in October of 2019 and will conduct the South Carolina All-State Middle School Chorus in February of 2020. Ms. Drosakis has served as the State Middle School Chair for the Florida Vocal Association and Membership Chair as well as President for the Florida State Chapter of ACDA. Ms. Drosakis holds membership in several professional organizations, including Florida Music Educators Association, Music Educator’s National Conference and American Choral Director’s Association.