Artistic Staff

  • Wallis Peterson, Founder and Artistic Advisor
  • Sylvia Aycock, Artistic Director
  • Nicole Allen, Associate Director
  • Jorge Valls, Associate Director
  • Lucia Deus, Choreographer
  • Carolyn Morgan, Accompanist
  • Anita Smith, Accompanist

Wallis Peterson

Wallis Peterson
Wallis Peterson

Founder and Artistic Advisor

Wallis Peterson is the founding Artistic Director of the Girl Choir, and currently serves as Artistic Advisor.

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Mrs. Peterson has been an active as a choral director, music educator, and clinician in South Florida since 1990. She began her career as the choral director for South Broward High School, where she built a program that included award-winning mixed, men’s and women’s ensembles. She also served as the music director for the children and youth choirs at First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale, preparing young singers for a variety of performances and festivals locally and throughout the state of Florida.

Mrs. Peterson also served as the director of the Training Choir for the Florida’s Singing Sons Boychoir from 1998 through 2006. In this capacity, she worked with eighty to one-hundred 3rd and 4th grade boys each year, preparing them for a minimum of three concerts throughout the season.

Mrs. Peterson is currently the music specialist for The Blake School in Plantation, where she directs choirs with members ranging in age from seven to fourteen. She also provides general music instruction to all pre-K through 8th graders, and the entire student body participates in a minimum of two major concerts each year. Her students regularly participate in All-County, All-State, and ACDA honor choirs.

Mrs. Peterson is an active member of the National Association for Music Education, the Florida Vocal Association, the Florida Elementary Music Educators Association, and the American Choral Directors Association. She currently serves as the Repertoire and Standards Chair for Community Choirs for Florida ACDA. She is a former member of Nova Singers and other South Florida community choirs.

Mrs. Peterson holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Florida State University.

Sylvia Aycock

Sylvia Aycock

Artistic Director
Concert Choir and Chamber Singers

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Sylvia Aycock started singing at age of 11 with the Girl Choir of South Florida, joining the group in its first season. While she was a student at Girl Choir, she earned the title of Figlia di Coro and acted as a rehearsal assistant in the Primes Choir until she graduated.

Ms. Aycock went on to earn her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Florida State University where she won several grants to conduct research on community music education in Brazil, and completed her honors thesis on the topic. Applying what she learned in her research, Ms. Aycock started a choir at the PACE Center for Girls and served as the Chorister Assistant at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Tallahassee, FL.

Formerly, Ms. Aycock directed five choirs comprising a total of 200 students at Eagles Landing Middle School in Boca Raton, Florida. Her students regularly received high ratings at district and state assessments, and traveled to perform in the Heritage Music Festival in New York City in 2019.

Ms. Aycock is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association and Chorus America. She continues to sing with the Festival Singers of Florida under the direction of Dr. Kevin Fenton.

Ms. Aycock is honored and thrilled to be shaping the future of Girl Choir, teaching and continuing the traditions that helped shape her.

Nicole Allen

Nicole Allen

Associate Director
Primes Choir

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As an alumna and charter member of The Girl Choir of South Florida, Mrs. Allen is honored to continue creating beautiful music with this incredible organization. She found her love of teaching and passion for music as a student teacher and active chorister under the direction of Wallis Peterson. Mrs. Allen graduated with honors from Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and graduated in 2017 from Florida Atlantic University with a Master of Arts in English Literature.

Mrs. Allen is pursuing a career as a full-time professor and currently teaches English and History courses at Palm Beach Atlantic University. She works as a writing consultant for students, faculty, and community members at FAU and regularly mentors college and high school students.

Mrs. Allen has maintained her private piano studio for 13 years and also serves as a piano, voice, and flute instructor at Creative Arts Academy in Lake Worth. She plays piano and volunteers at Common Ground Church.

Mrs. Allen has been on staff at GCSF since 2012 and served as Artistic Director from 2018-2019.

Jorge Valls

Jorge Valls

Associate Director
Mezzo Choir

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Jorge Valls is a musician whose passion for musical excellence and youth led him to pursue a career in music education. He holds a B.M. in Music Education from Palm Beach Atlantic University, where he graduated summa cum laude. Over the past six summers, Mr. Valls worked as a cabin counselor at Interlochen Arts Camp and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, both in Michigan. In summer of 2013, he traveled as a performer and staff member for the Blue Lake International Choir, which toured throughout Germany, France, and Luxembourg. In addition, he has taught several workshops for the De George Academy of The Arts at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. Mr. Valls is currently an Associate Director for the Girl Choir of South Florida. He has had the privilege of serving as director for the Primes, Apprentice, Concert, and Chamber choirs.

Mr. Valls currently teaches at Bak Middle School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, FL. Prior to Bak, Mr. Valls built the choral program at Eagles Landing Middle School in Boca Raton. The program grew from 80 to over 200 students in three short years. The program under his direction consistently received high ratings at district assessments and competitions. They have also received first place in their divisions at the Festival Disney competition, Music USA competition in Orlando, and the Heritage Music Festival in Atlanta, Georgia. Students in his program have participated in many district and state honor choirs.

Devoted to cultivating music education in the community, he holds memberships in the National Association for Music Education, the Florida Vocal Association, the American Choral Directors Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity.

Lucia Deus

Lucia Deus
Lucia Deus

Choreographer

Mrs. Deus currently teaches Theater at Coral Springs High School. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Broward College.

She served as choreographer for numerous Kirk Singers productions at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale as well as choreographer for Florida’s Singing Sons Boychoir.

Mrs. Deus has pursued an active theatre career as an actor, dancer, director, choreographer, puppeteer, and educator in South Florida for many years. Her regional performing credits include, Helena Landless in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Robin in Godspell, Emma/Poly in Funny Girl, Tia in Breathing Under Water, and Susan in the Sheep Dog Who Danced Ballet. She was a member of both the New View Dance Company and the Iotaro Dance Company.

Mrs. Deus holds a Bachelor of fine Arts degree in Theater Performance with a Minor in Dance from the University of Miami, and a Master in Theater Directing from Roosevelt University.

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