Constantina Tsolainou, the Paul S. and Jean R. Amos Distinguished Chair in Music and Director of Choral Activities in the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University, has held conducting positions at Southern Methodist University, Westminster Choir College, New England Conservatory, McGill University (Montreal, Quebec), Oregon State University, and Oklahoma City University. Ms. Tsolainou has also served as Director of Music at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church (Dallas), Artistic Director of the Canterbury Choral Society (Oklahoma City), and Artistic Director of the Aria Chamber Chorus (Dallas). During her tenure at SMU, Ms. Tsolainou established the SMU/Dallas Vocal Arts Ensemble; while in Montreal she was the Artistic Director and Conductor of Anima Musica. She is currently Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Arts District Chorale (Dallas).
Recognized as a consummate professional, Ms. Tsolainou blends her high-level artistry and vocal techniques with her exceptional people skills and personal integrity to inspire, energize, and build enthusiasm in the musical organizations she conducts. As a result she has been in demand for three decades to serve church, community, and academic organizations as seminar leader, workshop clinician, master teacher, and conductor throughout the United States and in Australia, Canada, China, and Europe. Ensembles under her direction have performed for the American Choral Directors, Music Educators, and College Band Directors Associations, and she annually joins the Summer Session faculty at Westminster Choir College teaching courses for church musicians and music teachers.
Trained first as a singer, Ms. Tsolainou has appeared in opera and musical theatre productions in addition to numerous performances on the concert stage. She has prepared choruses for operatic productions and other collaborative performances presented by Ballet Oklahoma, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra (Georgia), Columbus Symphony Orchestra (Ohio), Empire Brass, Fort Worth Dallas Ballet, Opera Columbus, Opera Festival of New Jersey, Tulsa Opera, and Voices of Change. Conductors with whom she has worked include Leonard Bernstein, Charles Dutoit, Eric Ericson, Joseph Flummerfelt, Carlo Maria Giulini, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti and Robert Shaw.