Antonis Ververis was born in 1982 in Athens and raised in the island of Lesvos, Greece. He studied Musicology and Music Education at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Sociology at University of the Aegean. He received a Master’s degree in Choral Education from Roehampton University, UK and a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from Lynchburg College, USA. Currently, he is a doctorate candidate in the field of Choral Music Education at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki where he is carrying out research on gender stereotypes in choirs of Music Secondary Schools. Since 2009, he has been teaching choral music at Music High School of Chios and Mytilene, and has been the conductor of Animato Choir. In 2015, he was selected by Ministry of Education as a member of the committee, responsible for the new curriculum of public Music Schools. In addition to his choral activities, he is a teacher and performer of the santouri.
Established in January 2009, Animato Choir is an amateur non-auditioned mixed choir, based in Mytilene, the capital city of Lesvos island. Founded and directed by Antonis Ververis, the choir performs a wide variety of music, both sacred and secular, from early 16th century to present day. In the eight years of its existence, the choir has performed at various venues and places of historical interest in Greece and Turkey, like the Archaic Sanctuary of Apollo at Klopedi, the old Catholic Chapel of Mytilene, the Limonos Monastery annex of Saints Anargiri, and the Church of Taxiarchis in Ayvalik. In 2015 and 2016, the choir organized two summer workshops for choral conductors and singers with Dr. Therees Hibbard of St. Olaf College, USA. Over the years, Animato has grown to include also a Children’s Choir, followed by its preparatory Junior Choir, and most recently the Animato Wind Band. Animato Choir operates on an entirely voluntary basis.