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Conducting Fellows 2023-2024

Westrick Music Academy’s Conducting Fellows represent some of the finest young music educators in the region. Fellows are selected by a competitive application process from upper class bachelors students, masters students, and young professionals.

Devin Embrich, PGC Ensemble

Devin Embrich is a Junior Music Education major from West Palm Beach, Florida, currently attending Westminster Choir College. He is a countertenor and studies under Kathy Kessler Price. Over the years as a choral singer, Devin has been selected for many honor choirs ranging from district, state, regional, and national levels. Currently, Devin is a member of The Westminster Choir, Symphonic Choir, and Concert Handbell Choir. He is also the current President of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) chapter at Westminster Choir College. A frequent soloist at Westminster, Devin most recently performed as a “male alto” in Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, James Whitbourn’s Missa Carolae, and Benjamin Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb
 
As a choral conductor, Devin has prepared and conducted many choirs in-rehearsal and in-concert such as the Princeton Girlchoir, the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches, the Palm Beach Honors Handbell Ensemble, as well as The Westminster Choir. Most recently, Devin was selected as a Full Conductor of The Westminster Choir in the Choral Institute at Oxford, UK. A frequent clinician, Devin has aided various middle and high school choirs in Palm Beach County for their annual state choral assessments in Florida. 
 
This is Devin’s third year with WMA, and he is thrilled to be taking on his new role as a Conducting Fellow this season. He hopes to instill confidence, passion, and community in future generations of choral singers, and music lovers!

Moriah Kam, PBC Treble Choir & Young Men’s Ensemble

Moriah is a born and raised teacher, conductor and accompanist from New Jersey. She is currently working as the General Music Teacher and Choir Director for Frost Elementary School in East Brunswick. She graduated with a Music Education Choral concentration degree as a pianist. She had been under the tutelage of a variety of professors including Karina Bruk, Barabara Gonzalez-Palmer, Robert Grohman,
Minjung Cho, and Min Kwon. As a member or staff accompanist, she has been involved with the following ensembles: Voorhees Choir, Symphony Band, Rutgers Children’s Choir, Rutgers Scarlet Singers, St. Luke’s Metuchen Choir, St. Luke’s Schola, Rise Up Chorus, Rossmoor Interfaith Church and Rossmoor Adult Choir. She has studied and
performed in several festivals and facilities including Brevard Music Center (South Carolina), Summer Music In Tuscany (South Tuscany), and Carnegie Hall (New York). She discovered her passion for teaching when privately teaching in 2018 in the New Brunswick and Bridgewater area. She looks forward to returning to West Music Academy! Moriah has a background in musical theater, wind ensemble, crocheting and ultimate frisbee!

Eric Kim, PGC Concert Choir

Eric Kim is a second year master student at Westminster Choir College and majoring in Choral Conducting and Vocal Pedagogy. He is currently a graduate assistant for Symphonic Choir and leading the 30th year of Reading and Carols at El Mesias, NYC, with Philadelphia Orchestra and his supervisor Dr. Jordan.

Prior to Westminster, Kim enjoyed an exuberant performing life as a conductor and ensemble musician in various venues in South Korea, Turkey, Czech, Iran, Germany, France, Philippines, Romania, and across the United States. As an ensemble musician and soloist in the ACSI (Association of Christion School International) honor choir, Kim traveled across Europe with his accompanist Sheila Todd. Kim received a leadership award from ACSI upon his graduation in Turkey, 2017 and his conducting journey started at EAMA (European American Musical Alliance) in France with Mark Shapiro.

A passionate advocate of community engagement through Music, Kim conducted Women Chorus and Taylor Chorale as an assistant conductor for the past two years in Indiana. Kim also served as a children’s choir director at First Baptist Church, Muncie, Indiana, and led a mission trip to the Philippines, Iran, and Romania before the pandemic.  

Kim’s vision is to build a children’s choir camp. Since 2018, every summer and winter he works as a music director at the Institute of Light Finders camp in South Korea where he fell in love with the Children’s ministry and its beautiful environment. In 2021 summer, he founded Empathy Children Choir camp with 20 staff and Sung Eun Lee, tenor, winner of the 2009 Metropolitan Opera. Through his children’s choir camp, Kim believes that children can gain the strength to live independent and energetic lives, breathe with nature, and return to their daily lives transformed with passion and courage.

He is currently director of children’s choir and teen ministry at St. Paul Princeton and conductor of Seoul Empathy Choir. 

Jasmin Villatoro, PGC Cantores

Born and raised in New York, Jasmin Villatoro is an undergraduate at Westminster Choir College of Rider University (Lawrenceville, NJ). Jasmin has an Associate in music from Suffolk Community College and is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in music education with a concentration in vocal performance. She is both honored and elated to be a PGC Conducting Fellow. Jasmin has sung in various choral ensembles, festivals, and venues throughout the Tri-State Area, such as Carnegie Hall. She is a member of the Westminster Jubilee Singers and a music ministry intern at First Baptist Freehold. Past music teaching experiences include Franklin Township Camp Soar YMCA and the Westminster Early Childhood Department. She is a proud collegiate member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and president of Westminster Collegiate Chapter 183 of the National Association of Music Education(NAfME). Ms. Villatoro has been a student of music education since elementary school, and her love and curiosity for music education and choir have only deepened.

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