Poise and grace filled the Rebeca Sosa Theater recently when well over 50 local students from the McCormack Music Academy recently showed off their talents and hard work at their annual recital. Fans, family and friends, came out in abundance to support the young musicians. The vocalists, pianists, violinists and guitarists were received by a standing-room-only audience.
The afternoon concert began with a special performance by a favorite trio. The McCormack Music Academy founder and director, Mrs. Sonia McCormack, and her two sons, Jonathan and David, kicked off the recital with an uplifting piano and violin ensemble.
One after another, young students took to the stage, dressed in their Sunday best. Little ladies greeted the crowd with a curtsy and young lads greeted the crowd with a gentle bow. From the start it was apparent that not only were these children gaining musical strides, but they are gaining the value of hard work, goal setting, and self-confidence.
No one could be prouder of the students’ performances than Sonia McCormack, who has more than 25 years of experience working as a music teacher, choral conductor and professional singer. “We want to give our students the opportunity to express themselves through performing, playing instruments, and singing,” she said. “We want them to be the best and we provide all of the tools for them to reach their goals.”
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McCormack, along with her husband and two sons, made Miami Springs their home just a few short years ago in 2010. The McCormack Music Academy opened its doors in March of 2012 and currently boasts more than 70 students, ranging from 3 to 88 years old.
“Music is my passion, and teaching has always been part of my career,” said McCormack. As a child she began to study music at the age of 6. Throughout her life, music and education have always had a starring role. In 1987, after years of studying piano, orchestral conducting and vocal technique, McCormack earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music in Choral Conducting and Voice from the Superior Institute of Art in Havana, Cuba.
Since then her extensive musical career as a choral conductor, professional singer and music teacher have taken her around the world. Musical theater, opera, children choirs, the female choir Vocal Luna, as well as international choir contests, festivals and recorded productions enabled McCormack to visit Spain, Italy, Russia, Austria, Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela, Nicaragua, France, Germany, Bulgaria, and the Vatican.
Miami Springs is a long way away from the places McCormack once was. Thankfully, her love of music and her passion for education traveled with her all the way to Miami Springs. The people of our community are certainly the beneficiaries of McCormack’s great talent and willingness to share her expertise.
McCormack’s students were able to showcase all that they have learned at the special concert. “When I’m singing I enter a different world,” said the very talented 16-year-old-vocalist, Daisy Morales, who dedicated her performance to her grandparents. “It takes me to a place that I didn’t know existed.”
Kassandra Mirabel, Gena Escanaverino and Viviana Rodriguez gave the audience chills as they performed as a vocal trio, singing popular Disney’s “Frozen” song, “Let It Go.”
“It makes me happy to sing and I’m doing what I love,” said Mirabel.
“I would have done more hand movements but I was too nervous,” said Escanaverino.
Twin brothers Enzo and Massimo Traini shared the stage as they showed off their piano skills. “This was my first time participating in this concert and to be part of it made me a little bit nervous,” said Enzo. “We practiced very hard and I am glad I did not make a mistake.”
“When I go to the academy for my weekly piano lessons I only get to see a few of the other students,” said Massimo. “The concert allows me to see and hear all the other students that go to the academy. I really enjoy the concert in that way.”
Sisters Isabella and Alyssa Aguila share more than just love of music, they share a common love for McCormack.
“Mrs. Sonia is the best music teacher,” said Alyssa. “She makes music lessons fun. She’s a very kind person and a very patient teacher. We want to thank her for all that she is and for all that she does.”
When McCormack was asked what she loves most about her music academy, she said, “I love to see how students progress in their learning and how families get involved in the process. Music transforms the life of each and every student, as well as their families.”
The McCormack Music Academy is nestled in the shopping center at 357 N. Royal Poinciana Blvd. McCormack invites you to stop by the academy to meet their experienced teachers and learn about the available options.
You can also visit www.mccormack-music-academy.com to find out more.