Ms. Christina Colletti has been a music educator for over eight years and graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Florida. This will be her third season with STRYKE Wynds. This year, she is honored with the opportunity to be the STRYKE Wynds Music Caption Head. Additionally, she is a music and visual consultant for the Park Vista High School Marching Band who have won state championships for the last two consecutive years at the Florida Marching Band Competition. Her full time position as a music educator is at Manatee Elementary where she teaches Kindergarten through fifth grade. In the past two years her elementary chorus known as The Singing Manatees, won first place and received superior ratings at their latest competition, USA Music Festival in Universal Studios, Orlando. Her students have regularly been selected to participate in the All-State Elementary Honors Chorus and Spotlight on Young Musicians Honors Chorus for the last six consecutive years. This past year, she was nominated by her colleagues to be the Spotlight on Young Musicians Elementary Honors chorus 24th annual conductor. She prepared a choir of over 150 fourth and fifth grade students for their performance at the Kravis Center in May, 2016. Additionally, she received a nomination for the prestigious Teacher of the Year award in 2013. To help less fortunate children, Ms. Colletti donates her time to teach an annual summer band camp in Saint Marc, Haiti. Here she is able to contribute by teaching master classes and is the Director of The Symphonic Band.
Ms. Colletti’s principal instrument is flute and piccolo, which she regularly plays with the South Florida Flute Orchestra and the Palm Beach State College Concert Band. She is a gifted musician who is proficient in other areas as well. She has performed in several musical activities and ensembles in which she was a vocalist or played on a wide array of instruments. These instruments include baritone/euphonium, baritone saxophone, alto saxophone, single tenor steel drum, bass steel drum, guitar, ukulele, piano, and hand drums to name a few. Her performing experience includes Jazz Band, Concert Band, Orchestra, Woman’s choral, Chorus, Steel Drum Ensemble, Flute Ensembles, chamber ensembles, The Magic drum and bugle corps, UF Gator Marching Band, and The Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches.
Aside from studying music education in the United States, she has accumulated life experiences from around the world. She’s performed in several states along the east coast and studied music history/flute performance in Salzburg, Austria. Further travels include London England, Venice Italy , Vienna Austria, Paris France, Prague Czech Republic, Munich Germany, Guayaquil and Quito Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Saint Marc Haiti, St. Thomas Virgin Islands, Nevis West Indies, and Bahamas. Whether it was teaching music, performing, or exploring these beautiful countries, people from all around the world have professionally and culturally influenced Ms. Colletti.
Visual Caption Head: Joshua Brenneis