About Us

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COREY SULLIVAN is the choral director at Tallahassee’s Lawton Chiles High School, where he directs a vocal program encompassing over 200 enrolled students. He directs five curricular ensembles including a beginning women’s choir, a large men's chorus, two mixed ensembles, and the award-winning women's choir Belle Chantique. Mr. Sullivan has taught music at the middle and high school levels, most recently as the choral director at Cobb Middle School.  He holds his bachelor’s and masters degrees from the Florida State University.  Mr. Sullivan is an active member of MENC, ACDA, FVA and FMEA. A native of Valdosta GA, Corey is a resident of Tallahassee, where he lives with his wife, Jenna, his son, Owen, and his dog.

The Lawton Chiles High School Choral Program opened under the direction of José Rivera in 1999, joining a rich tradition of choral music in Tallahassee. From 2003 - 2009, under the direction of Tucker Biddlecombe, Chiles High School became one of the premier choral programs in Florida.  From 2009 - 2012, Mary Biddlecombe took over as choral director and continued to accrue praise for Chiles Chorus. In 2012, Corey Sullivan  became the choral director at Chiles.

The choral program at Chiles consists of five performing ensembles. Curricular choir offerings include an entry-level women's chorus; a men's chorus that performs for many campus events; an auditioned large mixed ensemble (80 voices this year!) Chiles Singers; an auditioned a cappella choir called Pardon our Dust, and the award-winning advanced choir Belle Chantique. Belle Chantique has performed for conventions of ACDA at the state and division level, most recently in Louisville, Kentucky during March of 2008. Extracurricular choirs are led by student conductors as part of the mentorship portion of their honors credit in advanced music classes.

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The music program at Lawton Chiles High School is comprehensive and offers multiple classes in Chorus, Orchestra, Band, Guitar, and AP Music Theory. The drama department offers a full technical theater program as well as a full sequence of dramatic and stagecraft classes. The chorus and orchestra began an annual Masterworks concert series in 2007, which has entailed performances of large choral works such as Bach Cantata 150, Rutter's Requiem, Schubert's Mass in G, Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs, Britten's Missa Brevis in D, Antonio Caldara’s Stabat Mater, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Magnificat, Randall Thompson’s Frostiana, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Ola Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass and Song of the Universal, and Tarik O’Regan’s Triptych.

Lawton Chiles High School also has become widely known for its musical theater productions. In 2004, the Chiles Choral department presented a fully-staged student production of Gian-Carlo Menotti's opera Amahl and the Night Visitors. In 2007, the Chiles Choral department presented The Taffetas, a production in which students were the actors, musicians and conductors of the show.  The combined performing arts department has recently presented productions of Pirates of Penzance, 42nd Street, Oklahoma, Swing, Seussical, PippinGuys and Dolls, The Mikado, Once Upon a Mattress, Phantom of the Country Opera, The Music Man, and most recently, Legally Blonde


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