CoOPERAtive Program/Westminster Conservatory, Princeton, NJ 2016-current

Collaborative Pianist for an intensive program for operatic vocal soloists focusing on operatic style, performance techniques, dramatic presentation, language, diction, and body awareness. Collaborations and coachings with Eric Weimar (Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago), Howard Lubin (Juilliard, Oberlin, Cologne Opera), Joan Dornemann (Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Opera Paris), Susan Ashbaker (Opera Company of Philadelphia), Stephanie Sundine (Sarasota Opera), and Kathleen Kelly (Vienna State Opera, Wolf Trap, Glimmerglass). Private piano teacher for the Westminster Conservatory of Music and accompanist for the Westminster Suzuki Violin program.

The Record Studio, NJ and NC, 1992-current

Business owner and teacher for a highly successful private piano studio. The studio regularly accommodates up to 30 students, all of whom participate annually in National Federation of Music Clubs Festivals (piano performance and theory tests), private and public recitals, theory classes, music technology classes, and community service events. Accompanist and collaborative pianist for area schools and churches, including the Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte and Charlotte Latin School.

Monroe-Woodbury Central School District, Central Valley, NY 2002-2006

Choral director and General Music teacher for a K-12 public school district; the district was selected by the American Music Conference as one of the Best 100 Communities for Music Education in America in 2004.

  • Choral director, General Music teacher, and Orchestra teacher for grades 1-8
  • Kindergarten Festival producer and accompanist
  • Director and accompanist for Faculty Chorale and Faculty Follies
  • Accompanist for District-wide choral concerts, All County Festivals, NYS School Music Association Festivals
  • Long Range Planning and Professional Development Committee, Teacher Resource Team

Hillsborough Township Public Schools, Hillsborough, NJ 1999-2002

General Music teacher and choral director for a K-12 public school district

  • General Music teacher for grades 1-8
  • Webmaster/Creator of music department website
  • Creator/Director of after-school Children’s Chimes instrumental group and all-female social issues choral group
  • Accompanist for yearly musicals and grade 6-8 choral program and director of faculty handbell choir

Cherry Hill Public Schools, Cherry Hill, NJ 1993-1999

Choral director and General Music teacher for a K-12 public school district.

  • Co-director of 6 state and national award winning high school choral groups
  • Choirs performed L. Bernstein’s ‘Chichester Psalms’ with the Haddonfield Symphony and Alan Gilbert in 1994
  • Wrote new curriculum for middle school, grades 6-8
  • Band/vocal director/accompanist for yearly musicals

Performances as a member of the Westminster Symphonic Choir 1988-2018

Lincoln Center/Avery Fisher Hall/David Geffen Hall, New York:

  • Zubin Mehta conducting Bruckner’s Te Deum, NY Philharmonic
  • Zubin Mehta conducting Mahler’s Symphony No. 3, NY Philharmonic, American Boychoir
  • Kurt Masur conducting Mendelssohn’s Elijah, NY Philharmonic
  • Zubin Mehta conducting Mozart’s Davide Penitente, NY Philharmonic
  • James Levine conducting Mahler’s Symphony No. 3, NY Philharmonic
  • Robert Shaw conducting Mozart’s C Minor Mass, NY Philharmonic
  • Alan Gilbert conducting Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, NY Philharmonic
  • Otto Werner Mueller conducting Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Juilliard Orchestra
  • Otto Werner Mueller conducting Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, Juilliard Orchestra
  • Andrew Manze conducting Handel’s Messiah, NY Philharmonic

Carnegie Hall, New York:

  • Leonard Bernstein conducting his Chichester Psalms, NY Philharmonic
  • Centennial Celebration with Robert Shaw
  • Pablo Heras-Casado conducting Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Orchestra of St. Luke’s
  • Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting Machover’s Philadelphia Voices, Philadelphia Orchestra

Philadelphia Academy of Music/Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, PA:

  • Riccardo Muti conducting Verdi’s Nabucco, Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Riccardo Muti conducting Cherubini’s Requiem, Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Riccardo Muti conducting Puccini’s Tosca, Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Riccardo Muti conducting Mozart’s Requiem, Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Riccardo Muti conducting Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci with Luciano Pavarotti
  • Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé, Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Charles Dutoit conducting Britten’s War Requiem, Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Cristian Macelaru conducting Holst’s The Planets, Philadelphia Orchestra

War Memorial/New Jersey Performing Arts Center, NJ:

  • Hugh Wolff conducting Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, NJ Symphony
  • Hugh Wolff conducting Brahms’ Nänie, NJ Symphony
  • Hugh Wolff conducting Britten’s War Requiem, NJ Symphony
  • Hugh Wolff conducting Verdi’s Requiem, NJ Symphony

Other

  • Joe Miller conducting Rachmaninoff’s All Night Vigil at the Church of Saint Paul the Apostle, NY
  • Rossen Milanov conducting Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, NJ

 

Additional Experience

Fulbright U.S. Student Program National Semifinalist 2018

Project proposal title: “The Multicultural Songbridge: A Musicultural Exchange Between South Africa and the U.S.” The project proposed establishing a bridge between piano teachers of South Africa and the U.S. by offering both countries unique access to the pedagogical aspects of the indigenous musical heritages of the other. Emphasis on using cultural music in piano lessons, along with proven pedagogy techniques, music technology, and community outreach would contribute toward elevating piano teaching to an art form that relies on the interdependence of the musical treasures found in the greater worldwide community. The proposal had the full support of the University of Pretoria Music Department of South Africa.

Music & Memories Recital Series 2006-2018

The Music & Memories program was established in 2006 through The Record Studio in Charlotte, NC and was initially designed to bring high-quality, memory-provoking piano performances to senior citizen establishments. In 2011, it was expanded to include the professional female vocal trio known as Pandora. For five years, Pandora brought high quality, authentic vocal representations of the music enjoyed by senior citizens in their younger days to senior homes in the Piedmont region. Each choreographed performance utilized a variety of costumes and props from their respective eras. In 2018, the program has been extended once again to create a link between the students of Westminster Choir College and senior citizens in the Princeton, NJ area. The program is currently presenting a recital series featuring vocal music from genres popular during the first half of the 20th century, including spirituals, folk music from around the world, standards, Great American Songbook repertoire, and opera classics.

Pandora Vocal Trio 2010-Current

Co-creator, co-director, vocalist, pianist, and arranger for a professional female vocal trio located in Charlotte, NC. Experienced with Sibelius, GarageBand, and Audacity for arranging and creating performance tracks. The group performs for private and public functions.

Choral Arranging 1993-Current

Dozens of pop, folk, and musical vocal arrangements for SSA, SATB, TTBB/TTTBBB voices, including most recently for the Princeton University-based a cappella rhythm and blues group “Old NasSoul”.

Mt. Freedom Presbyterian Church, Mt. Freedom, NJ 1999-2006
First Baptist Church of Bordentown, Bordentown, NJ 1992-1996

Music Minister; Adult Choir director; Children’s Choir director; Handbell Choir director; Creator, director, and accompanist for Higher Ground male gospel quartet; Ecumenical Choir Festival Music Director, pianist and organist.

 

Awards, Licensure, Publication, & Other Activities

  • 2018-2019 National Fulbright U.S. Student Program national semifinalist
  • Awardee: Beatrice B. Pearman Endowed Scholarship 2016 – 2018, Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ
  • Board of Trustees member for The Westminster Foundation of Princeton
  • Spokesperson for Coalition to Save Westminster Choir College, 2016-2017
  • Board member for The Record and Little Irrevocable Educational Trust Scholarship Fund
  • Member: Music Teachers National Association, Organization of American Kodály Educators, Society for Ethnomusicology
  • Technology skills include forScore, SuperScore, raw HTML web design as well as WYSIWYG editors, Sandvox, Photoshop, Sibelius, GarageBand, MainStage, Audacity, iMovie, Microsoft Office; Operating Systems include all Mac OS and Windows operating systems.
  • Taubman Approach training for pianists through the Golandsky Institute in Berkeley, CA with John Bloomfield
  • K-12 Music licenses obtained in NJ, PA, NY, MD, and NC
  • Master degree work published in several online journals, including “Remote Learner”, Tech Learning”, and “Technology for Teachers”
  • Honorable Mention in the International Photography Awards competition for best amateur photo in the ‘Natural” (2015) category and “Family of Man” (2016) category
  • Hundreds of community service hours for ‘Room in the Inn’ through the Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte
  • Extensive travel throughout the U.S., South America, Europe, and Africa (including Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Zanzibar)

 

Education

Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ 2016-2018

Master of Piano in Accompanying and Coaching with high distinction
Degree coursework partially fulfilled through Princeton University

California State University, East Bay, CA 2003-2004

Master of Science in Education with high distinction

Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ 1988-1992

Bachelor of Music in Music Education, Kodály Certification - cum laude
Degree coursework partially fulfilled through Princeton University

 

 
 

 

The following lists are only representative of works performed; they are not comprehensive.

Collaborative Piano/Coaching/Vocal Repertoire

Collaborative Piano German Opera (selections)

  • Berg, Alban; Lulu
  • Mozart, W.A.; Die Zauberflöte
  • Strauss, Johann; Die Fledermaus
  • Strauss, Richard; Arabella, Ariadne auf Naxos
  • Weber, C.M. von; Der Freischütz

Collaborative Piano French Opera (selections)                  

  • Bizet, Georges; Carmen
  • Donizetti, Gaetano; La fille du regiment
  • Gounod, Charles; Roméo et Juliette, Faust
  • Poulenc, Francis; Dialogues des Carmélites
  • Ravel, Maurice; L’enfant et les sortileges

Collaborative Piano Italian Opera (selections)

  • Bellini, Vincenzo; I Capuleti e i Montecchi
  • Mozart, W.A.; Le Nozze di Figaro, Così fan tutte
  • Puccini, Giacomo; Suor Angelica
  • Rossini, Gioacchino; Il Barbiere di Siviglia
  • Verdi, Giuseppe; Don Carlo, La Traviata, Falstaff

Collaborative Piano English Opera (selections)

  • Britten, Benjamin; A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Dove, Jonathan; Flight
  • Moore, Douglas; The Ballad of Baby Doe
  • Stravinsky, Igor; The Rake’s Progress
  • Walton, William; Troilus and Cressida

Art Song/Oratorios                                                                                  

  • Bach, J.S.; Magnificat, B Minor Mass
  • Debussy, Claude; Ariette oubliées
  • Fauré; La Bonne Chanson
  • Handel, G.F.; The Messiah, Semele
  • Korngold, Erich; Abschiedslieder
  • Rodrigo, Joaquin; Cuatro Madrigales Amatorios
  • Schubert, Franz; Die Schöne Müllerin, Winterreise
  • Schumann, Robert; Frauenliebe und –leben, Dichterliebe, Liederkreis
  • Strauss, Richard; Brentanolieder

Major Choral Works (conducted, sung, or accompanied) 

  • Barber, Samuel; Prayers of Kierkegaard
  • Bernstein, Leonard; Chichester Psalms
  • Brahms, Johannes; Nänie, op.82
  • Britten, Benjamin; Ceremony of Carols, War Requiem
  • Bruckner, Anton; Te Deum
  • Cherubini, Luigi; Requiem in C Minor
  • Fauré, Gabriel; Requiem, Cantique de Jean Racine
  • Handel, G.F.; The Messiah
  • Mahler, Gustav; Symphony No. 3
  • Mendelssohn, Felix; Elijah
  • Mozart, W.A.; Mass in C Minor (KV427), Ave Verum Corpus, Davide Penitente (KV469)
  • Rossini, Gioachino; Petite Messe Solennelle
  • Stravinsky, Igor; Symphony of Psalms
  • Verdi, Giuseppe; Requiem, Nabucco

Theatre Productions (conducted or accompanied)

  • ‘Annie’ by Thomas Meehan
  • ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ by Joseph Stein
  • ‘Give My Regards to Broadway’ by George M. Cohen
  • ‘Godspell’ by John-Michael Tebelak
  • ‘Grease’ by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
  • ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ by Tim Rice
  • ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ by Howard Ashman
  • ‘Oklahoma’ by O. Hammerstein II and R. Rodgers
  • ‘Peter Pan’ by J. M. Barrie and Libby Hamilton
  • ‘Pirates of Penzance’ by W.S. Gilbert and A. Sullivan
  • ‘Runaways’ by Elizabeth Swados
  • ‘Shrek The Musical’ by David Lyndsay-Abaire
  • ‘The Secret Garden’ by Marsha Norman
  • ‘The Who’s Tommy’ by Des McAnuff and Pete Townshend
  • ‘Wizard of Oz’ by Weber, Arlen, and Stohart
  • Zémire et Azor, an opéra comique in four acts (Beauty and the Beast) by André Grétry

Lead Vocal Roles Performed

  • Role of Audrey in ‘Little Shop of Horrors’
  • Role of Glinda, the Good Witch of the North in ‘Wizard of Oz’
  • Role of Grace Farrel in ‘Annie’
  • Role of Mabel in ‘Pirates of Penzance’

Church Music Genres (conducted or accompanied)

  • Christian Pop
  • Gospel
  • Barbershop
  • Oratorios/Cantatas
  • Praise and Worship
  • Standard Church Music repertoire

 

The following lists are only representative of works performed; they are not comprehensive.

Solo Piano Repertoire

Piano Solos: Baroque

  • Bach, J.S.; Preludes & Fugues from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Inventions & Sinfonias
  • Couperin, François; Pièces de Clavecin
  • Scarlatti, Domenico; Great Keyboard Sonatas, Series I

Piano Solos: Classical

  • Beethoven, Ludwig van; Piano Sonata No.14, op.27 No.2 (C sharp Minor)
  • Haydn, Joseph; Keyboard Sonata in G Major, No.42, Hob.XVI:27
  • Mozart, W.A.; Piano Sonata No.16 in C Major, K.545

Piano Trio: Classical

  • Haydn, Joseph: Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano in G Major, Hob.XV:25 ‘Gypsy’

Piano Solos: Romantic

  • Brahms, Johannes; Hungarian Dance No.5 in F-sharp Minor, WoO 1
  • Chopin, Frédéric; Impromptu No.1 in A-flat Major, op.29
  • Chopin, Frédéric; Nocturnes, op.9, No.2 in E-flat Major, op.15, No.3 in G Minor, op.37, No.1 in G Minor
  • Mendelssohn, Felix; Songs Without Words, Book V, op.62, Book VII, op.85
  • Schubert, Franz; Moments Musicaux, D.780, op.94, No.2 in A-flat, Impromptu, op. 90, No. 3 in G-flat, D.900   

Piano Solos: 20th Century

  • Albéniz, Isaac; Prelude from Cantos de España, op.232
  • Debussy, Claude; Deux Arabesques, Rêverie
  • Ginastera, Alberto; Tribute to Roberto Garcio Morillo from ‘Twelve American Preludes’
  • Hovanhess, Alan; Macedonian Mountain Dance, op.144
  • Mompou, Federico; Canciónes y Danzas
  • Prokofiev, Sergei; Prelude in C from ‘10 Pieces for Piano’, op.12, No.7
  • Rachmaninoff, Sergei; Prelude in D from ‘10 Preludes’, op.23, No.4

Piano Novelty Solos

  • Compton, Randall; ‘C.S. Theme and Variations’, op.6
  • Guion, David; ‘Turkey in the Straw (Cowboys’ and Old Fiddlers’ Breakdown)’ No.1
  • Joplin, Scott; ‘The Entertainer’, ‘Maple Leaf Rag’
  • Kartsonakis, Dino; numerous advanced arrangements of hymns
  • Winston, George; numerous arrangements