ANN SHARRER PARIS (B.A., B.S., M.Ed.), a native Californian, has hands-on experience not only as an instructor, but as a performer herself. After private study in Hollywood and upon receiving degrees at California State University, Long Beach in Musical Theater and Music Education, she worked in Summer Stock Theater companies in the west and mid-west, choreographed various music groups in the Los Angeles area, taught dance in studios throughout Long Beach and Anaheim. In addition to theme park entertainment, she has toured the U.S., Eastern and Western Europe, Australia, Egypt, Israel, and Canada with Continental Singers and Orchestra, California State University Choir, and American Entertainment Productions. Here’s a little trivia, Ann performed at Karen Carpenter’s funeral.
ANN is a master at turning nothing into something. She chartered the choral and dance program at Gateway High School (Osceola County) and has been known to “resurrect” struggling choral programs. Ann has been Music Director at the Helen Stairs Theater and Choreographer at the Sands Theater as well as choreographer for the Daytona Beach College show choir, and dance instructor there. Upon earning her master’s degree from University of Phoenix, and teaching for several years in Volusia County, MS. PARIS is currently teaching chorus, dance, drama and musical theater in Flagler County Schools; she has been an adjunct instructor at Daytona State College and teaches private voice students. Her students have successfully landed Community Theater and professional roles in venues throughout the Central Florida area, New York and Los Angeles. They have excelled in local and national competitions and perform regularly.
MS. PARIS has choreographed numerous college productions, produced children’s music/dance/art festivals, and has been serving as an adjudicator for Florida Vocal Association and Thespian District Festivals throughout the state of Florida as well as presenting at the National EDTA Convention in Las Vegas.
In addition to her family and professional life, ANN always finds time to give back to her community. She has volunteered numerous hours as a performer, consultant, and director of many church, community theater, and civic productions. Some activities include directing productions of “Beauty and the Beast” and “Shrek,” “Aladdin,” “Lion King”, “Frozen”, “Mary Poppins”, and “Guys And Dolls.” She also appeared in “The Producers” and “Anything Goes” in Jacksonville. Ann is now the author of the “Vocal Relaxation System,” a comprehensive singing course, in addition to serving her private voice studio clients.