Meet the Director
Rita Gigliotti – Director
11400 South Lakes Drive, Reston, VA 20191
Rita Gigliotti serves as the Choral Director for South Lakes High School. Originally from the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Rita began her professional teaching career in 2001 teaching middle school chorus and general music. She moved to northern Virginia in 2005 and accepted the position at South Lakes High School. Gigliotti directs five choirs, sponsors three student-directed a cappella groups and is the co-sponsor of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Choirs under her tutelage consistently earn superior ratings at district assessments and are regularly invited to perform with guest artists, university choirs, and for state and national music festivals, and have also performed at WNBA and NBA games. Her advanced treble ensemble, Bella Voce, performed for the Virginia Music Educators Association Professional Development Conference in 2011. In March 2019, her advanced choirs were accepted by audition to perform at Carnegie Hall as part of the Choirs of America Invitational for top school choirs in the U.S. The South Lakes Choirs recently performed with Neil Patrick Harris for the Walt Disney World Candlelight Processional at Epcot in December 2019.
The South Lakes Choral Department is honored to be the recipient of the 2011 American Association for People with Disabilities (AAPD) Inclusion & Diversity in the Arts Award. AAPD is the largest non-profit cross-disability organization in the United States. The award was presented at the 2011 AAPD and members of the South Lakes Choral Department performed for an audience that included Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Lauren Potter (‘‘Becky’ on the hit FOX TV show GLEE).
Rita has been formally studying and performing music for more than 30 years. She is a past co-producer of SingStrong DC, an international a cappella music festival that raises thousands of dollars to end the fight against Alzheimer’s each year. The DC festival had its home at South Lakes High School for nine consecutive years (2009-2015). Rita has earned a Master of Music in Music Education from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh (2005) and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education/Voice from Seton Hill University Greensburg, Pennsylvania (2001). Currently, Rita is earning a Graduate Artist Certificate in Music and Well-Being at George Mason University. Rita was most recently selected as a finalist for for the Secondary Outstanding Co-Curricular Teacher of the Year by the FCPS Special Education PTA. She is a member of the National Association for Music Education, American Choral Directors Association, Contemporary A Cappella Society of America, and the Virginia Music Educators Association. She is a member and past-president of the Fairfax County Choral Directors Association, and has served as the Chorus Representative for VMEA, District XII.
Andrew Goldstein, Sectional Instructor
Andrew Goldstein is an active singer and teacher in the northern Virginia area. He has taught elementary-adult voice, woodwinds, and piano for several years and currently teaches privately in Ashburn and Herndon. After serving as the staff singer at the historic Christ Church in downtown Alexandria, Andrew moved to Leesburg and now sings for St. Stephen the Martyr in Middleburg. He has performed as a soloist and in operas at the Bay View Music Festival in Petoskey, MI, the CoOPERAtive Program in Princeton, NJ, the Naked Voice Institute in Evanston, IL, Russian Opera Workshop in Philadelphia, PA, and with the Oberlin in Italy program in Arezzo, Italy.
Under the direction of Grammy award-winning conductor Robert Shafer, Andrew sang with Shenandoah’s Conservatory and Chamber Choir in Rome, Venice, Florence, and Assisi, Italy, as well as at the Strathmore Performing Arts Center in Maryland. Originally a saxophone player, he was featured in Shenandoah Conservatory’s wind ensemble’s performance at the Virginia Music Education Association conference. As a member of the music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Andrew served as music director for the chapter and acapella group Alpha Tones.
This upcoming year Andrew will join the Potomac Vocal Institute’s Professional Development Program in Washington DC, and sing with the Washington National Opera for their fall production of Verdi’s Otello.
Andrew received his master’s degree in voice pedagogy and his bachelor’s in music education from Shenandoah Conservatory.
Julie Longmire – Accompanist
Julie Longmire holds a Master’s Degree in Music Theory from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro(UNC-G) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Mrs. Longmire worked as a Lecturer in Music Theory at UNC-G before moving back to the Northern Virginia area to open a private piano studio, where she offers instruction in both classical and popular styles.
Mrs. Longmire is a member of the Virginia Federation of Music Clubs and the American College of Musicians, and her students participate in the VFMC Festivals and National Guild of Piano Teachers’ auditions in the spring, as well as local recitals and competitions. Her professional activities include judging, accompanying choirs and soloists, and performing popular music at local venues.
Ahmad Maaty – Movement/Choreography
Ahmad Maaty is an Egyptian-American actor, dancer, choreographer, and singer. He holds a BA in Theater from George Mason University and an M.F.A. from the Actors Studio Drama School in NYC. He has taught and performed throughout the United States and internationally in Doha, Qatar at the Asia Cup Games. Ahmad has had the opportunity to work with companies such as The Bats Acting Company and Les Shakespeare in NYC, and locally with Silk Road Dance Company, The Hub Theater, Workhouse Arts Center, Monumental Theater Company, Constellation Theater Company, Acting For Young People, Arlington and Fairfax County Public Schools, Prince William Little Theatre, Fauquier Community Theatre, The Academy of Russian Ballet, and the Northern Virginia Youth Ballet. In addition to this he has had the privilege to be a finalist at the Actors Studio (NYC) from 2012-2013, and train with the extraordinary faculty at the Ailey School, and locally with Synetic Theater. Ahmad is proud to be a member of the School of Theater’s Performance Faculty as an Adjunct Professor. Ahmad was named 2018’s Best Choreographer in a Small Professional Theater in DC by BroadwayWorld. He was also a Helen Hayes Nominee for best choreography in a small professional theater for his work in Pippin with Monumental Theatre Company. (www.ahmadmaaty.com)