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The Greek National Opera’s Children’s Chorus has an educational character. It completed its auditions in September 2012 and was formed under the direction of Mata Katsouli, who still collaborates with the GNO in various productions. Since Autumn 2017, the Children's Chorus is directed by Konstantina Pitsiakou and comprises some 80 members.
After graduating from the Music Department of the University of Cardiff (Wales), she studied with scholarship from the International Kodály Society methodology of teaching, chorus direction, classical singing and piano at the International Pedagogical Institute Zoltan Kontaly of the Franz List Academy (Kecskemét, Hungary). She has sung early music in concerts with Ex-Silentio and Os Orphicum ensembles, as well in tribute concerts to Theodore Antoniou, Dimitris Dragatakis, Alfred Schnittke and Béla Bartók with the Patras Contemporary Music Ensemble and the String Quartet of Patras Conservatory. Moreover, she has collaborated with the Chorus of the Greek National Opera, the Choir of the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation, as well as with the Chamber Chorus of the Municipal Conservatory of Patras. She has given lectures in Cyprus about the musical-pedagogical Kodály system and for several years she taught at the Municipal Conservatory of Patras, where she created and conducted the Children's Chorus and the student vocal ensembles. She teaches at the Drama School of the National Theater and at the Drama School of the Patras Municipal and Regional Theatre. Since September 2017 she is the GNO Children's Chorus Mistress.