PLANT CITY COMMUNITY CHORALE’S ARTISTIC DIRECTOR –
Coleman Flentge is a native of Kentucky, who moved to Tampa, Florida in 2014 to attend the University of Tampa (UT).
At UT, Coleman studied conducting. He was the assistant conductor for the Men’s Glee Club and Chamber Singers and was recognized by the UT faculty for his academic achievements and, as a result, became the department tutor for Music Theory and History. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education in 2017.
Coleman began his career as a music educator in Plant City, where he was the music teacher at Walden Lake Elementary from 2017-2021. While there, Coleman developed an enriching music experience for his students by supervising an excellent and rigorous general music program, while also conducting a multi-voice chorus as well as a ukulele ensemble.
In 2019, Coleman was given the honor of leading the 150 voices of the East Chorus for the Hillsborough County Fine Arts Festival.
In 2020, he received the Ida S. Baker Diversity Educator of the Year Award for bringing his passion for inclusion into all his classes.
Since 2018, Coleman has served as the Associate Director of Music at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church-Tampa under the direction of Dr. Ryan Hebert. At St. Andrew’s, Coleman conducts the adult choir, two children’s choirs, and a professional handbell ensemble.
A recent graduate of the Summer Master of Music Education (Choral Conducting) program from Florida State University, Coleman has conducted a variety of choral pieces from all eras of music which he believes has helped him refine effective rehearsal strategies.
Coleman recently became the Music Facilitator at Dr. Kiran C. Patel High School in Temple Terrace. As this is the inaugural year for a music program at Patel, Coleman is very excited to build and cultivate a distinctive program offering options for every learner interested in pursuing the Musical Arts. He is currently teaching two choruses, an orchestra, guitar, and as well as music theory. The program has already begun to blossom into a rich, meaningful music experience for all its participants.
As the Artistic Director for the PCC Chorale, for a second season, Coleman is enthusiastically continuing development of the group’s musical excellence. Coleman firmly believes music performance is meant to be an experience which brings people together, unifying us through the art and genius of music. Coleman is doing his part to nurture the vocal skills and enrich the lives of the singers in the Chorale, while leading them toward new musical frontiers.