Our Artistic Director & Conductor
Claudia Liliana Bolaño Becerra is a native of Bogotá, Colombia, where she attended the prestigious Pontific Javeriana University (PJU) majoring in Instrumental and Choral Conducting, and Piano.
In 1998, she moved to Lakeland, Florida, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education with a major in piano performance from Florida Southern College. She was the recipient of the Lowell Mason Music Education Award, an honor granted to the Student Teacher of the year. Bolaño Becerra also enhanced the Choral programs at Lakeland and Mulberry Senior High Schools, both of which consistently received superior ratings at FVA district and State festivals. In 2010, she served as a clinician for the Polk County All County Sixth Grade Chorus.
She earned her Master degree in Choral Conducting from the University of South Florida (USF) where she studied with Dr. James Bass. During her time at USF, Bolaño Becerra was co-conductor of the Women’s Chorus, worked with both the Collegiate and Chamber Singer ensembles, and had the honor to conduct the Chamber Singers at the Trinity Wall Street Church in New York City.
Since 2015, Bolaño Becerra has been the Conductor and Artistic Director of the Plant City Community Chorale (PCC Chorale) a well-known area choral group, now in its 12th year. Under her leadership, the PCC Chorale has further developed its unified sound and deepened its repertoire with international composers and compositions. Recent concerts have included works from Africa, Brazil, Colombia, France, Germany, and Italy sung in the language of the countries.
Bolaño Becerra has been invited to prepare the singers for The Florida Orchestra’s annual SING OUT! TAMPA BAY community concerts since 2017. She rehearses the SO!TB Chorus singers prior to each concert.
In addition, Bolaño Becerra is the director of the Florida Southern Girls Chorus and currently works as adjunct faculty for both Harrison School for the Performing Arts and Polk State College in Lakeland, Florida.
She lives in Lakeland with her husband Ernesto; while their children, Juan José and Juliana, now attend Florida State University and Stetson University, respectively.