2016 Teacher of the Year - Constance Kotis

Constance Hughes Kotis, a native of Lynchburg, Virginia, earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Music Education and a Master’s degree in Piano Accompanying in 1977.  She studied piano performance with Daniel Ericourt and George Kiorpes at UNCG.  Connie has long been recognized for her work in the field of piano pedagogy and her students have excelled in local, state and national competitions.

Connie began teaching in Guilford County as a high school choral director while she continued her education at UNCG.  Her interest in piano and building a family led her to studio teaching as she completed several degrees and did advanced coaching in accompanying and piano pedagogy. She taught piano and theory at North Carolina A&T State University until she decided to join three partners at the Greensboro Music Academy in 1982.  Her fifteen year tenure at GMA was applauded throughout the Southeast for its’ excellence in private music school education. Connie has enjoyed an exciting career as a collaborative pianist in the areas of solo song recitals and choral concerts.  She was accompanist for the North Carolina Summer Institute in Choral Arts for ten years and spent an equal number of summers in Europe with the International Workshops Choral Division. Her work with singers was applauded and she concertized throughout the United States.

Connie Kotis has spent the last several years adjudicating, consulting, coaching and supporting arts organizations in the South.  She does a limited amount of coaching in her studio at this time so that she can have unlimited hours to share with her fifteen year old grandson, Alexander William Kotis. Her new musical interests include recorder playing with her quartet, Byrdsong.