Ann Marie Koukios serves as Minister of Music where she oversees a music ministry of choirs for adult, youth, and children, as well as administers the Ann Arbor First Music Concert Series. She also teaches at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan where she conducts the WSU Women’s Chorale and teaches classes in Graduate Choral Conducting, Choral Literature, and Music Theory. Dr. Koukios is also the director of the Ann Arbor Cantata Singers. In addition, she is active as an adjudicator and workshop clinician.
Among many previous music activities, Dr. Koukios served as founder and conductor of the Byzantine Singers, a Cincinnati-based professional choral ensemble founded in 1983 which performed on major series and venues throughout the Cincinnati area. The mission of the group was to explore and bring works of eastern aesthetic particularly Byzantine, Neo-Byzantine and Eastern European music into the mainstream of the traditional repertoire along with contemporary and newly commissioned works, often sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council and Cincinnati Fine Arts Fund. She was also faculty member of the Preparatory Department of the University of Cincinnati where she was Music Director of the 70-voice CCM Children’s Choir and a 30-voice CCM Children’s Chamber Choir for 12 years. The CCM Children’s Choir appeared regularly with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and May Festival Chorus, Cincinnati Ballet, and University Orchestral/Choral Productions in numerous performances including Britten’s War Requiem and St. Nicholas Cantata, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and oratorio Elijah, Boito’s “Proglogue from Mephistofeles”, Honegger’s Christmas Cantata, and in a U.S. Premiere of Kurt Weil’s opera “The Prophets”; and also performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and May Festival Chorus in Mahler’s Symphony No.3, under the direction of Jesus Lopez-Cobos, which was recorded by Telarc.
As a full-time church musician and administrator, Dr. Koukios has directed numerous vocal, handbell, and instrumental ensembles (adult, youth, and children) and produced and conducted many choral/orchestral works including Bach’s St. John Passion, Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Creation, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Brahms’ Requiem, Poulenc’s Gloria, Faure’s Requiem, Rutter’s Requiem, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Britten’s St. Nicholas and Handel’s Messiah. Having grown up in the Greek Orthodox Church, Dr. Koukios has also served as guest conductor for Greek Orthodox Choir Federations and as faculty member (lecturer and instructor) for Church Music Institutes throughout the country.
Additional positions held by Dr. Koukios include Interim Director of Choirs at Berea College in Kentucky and Artistic Director and Conductor of the Cincinnati Composers’ Guild (through which she has conducted premiere performances of over 20 works for instrumental chamber ensembles). Other groups under her direction have included “I Solisti” (a Cincinnati-based chamber orchestra), and the University of Cincinnati Opera Chorus.
Dr. Koukios often serves as guest clinician and lecturer on the development of Children’s Choirs as well as guest conductor for Children’s Honors Choirs and Festival School Choirs. She has served as guest conductor for the OMEA District 13 Honors Chorus, the AGO Regional Convention Children’s Choir, 1999 MENC Regional Cincinnati Children’s Honor’s Choir, and the 1999 Ohio Chapter Chorister Guild’s Southeastern Division Children’s Festival Choir. Dr. Koukios holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati.