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.
Adrian Camano, Concert Choir and Young Men’s Ensemble Conducting Fellow
Adrian Camano is a Senior Vocal Music Education Major at The College of New Jersey from Linden, New Jersey. He is an aspiring music educator with a keen passion and enthusiasm for music. Adrian is very excited to be joining the Westrick Music Academy family, and is thankful for the opportunity to serve as a Conducting Fellow with the Concert Choir. Adrian is an active choral musician and has performed with The College of New Jersey’s Chorale and The Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia.
Adrian will graduate with his Bachelors of Music in Music Education in 2022 from The College of New Jersey. There, he serves as Music Director of his chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity. Adrian plans to teach K-12 music after he graduates, and attend graduate school in the future to pursue a Masters and possible Doctoral degree in Choral Conducting and Vocal Pedagogy. His other professional membership include American Choral Directors Association, New Jersey Music Educators Association, and National Association for Music Education.
Maia Finkel, Concert Choir and Cantores Conducting Fellow (fall)
Maia Finkel is an aspiring music educator from Pennington, New Jersey. She is a proud alumna of the Princeton Girlchoir, and is excited to return to Westrick Music Academy as a Conducting Fellow for the upcoming season. Maia is an active choral musician, and has performed with the Ithaca Collge Treble Chorale, the Ithaca College Madrigal Singers, and in the Syracuse Chorale as a featured soloist. She serves as a section leader and a vocal scholar at the Opus Ithaca School of Music, where she assists with both in-person and virtual rehearsals.
Maia will graduate with her Bachelors of Music in Music Education in 2022 from Ithaca College. There, she serves as the President for the college’s chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. Her other professional memberships include Phi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society and Oracle Honor Society of Ithaca College.
Leigh Huber, PGC Ensemble and Young Men’s Ensemble Conducting Fellow
Leigh Huber is a senior at Westminster Choir College where she majors in Music Education and minors in Piano Pedagogy. She studies piano with Ingrid Clarfield. She has studied voice with Rochelle Ellis, Sharon Sweet, Amy Zorn, and Dina Markey. She has sung with various ensembles, such as the Jubilee Singers, Williamson Treble Voices, Westminster Symphonic Choir, and the Bridgewater Raritan High School Symphonic choir, where she was the alto section leader and assistant to the choral director. She served the Westminster Players as the Director of Operations and Finance and has been involved in various of their productions (Songs for a New World – Director; She Loves Me – Director; Cabaret – Lulu; Spring Awakening – Ensemble). She has served as the President for Noted, Westminster’s treble a cappella ensemble.
Shayna Lee, Cantores Conducting Fellow (fall)
Shayna Lee is a senior Music Education major with a concentration in voice at Westminster Choir College and is set to receive her Bachelor’s of Music this coming spring. Shayna is also a member of the Westminster Concert Bell Choir and a member of NAfME and ACDA. She has been singing in choirs since she was in middle school and hopes to become a middle school choir teacher one day. Shayna is incredibly excited to be a conducting fellow for Cantores this season and is looking forward to working with the choristers and Mr. Anderson!
Anna Matone, Cantores Conducting Fellow (spring)
Anna Matone is currently studying at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Lawrenceville NJ, pursuing her Bachelor of Arts and Music with a minor in Arts Administration. She is currently a Conducting fellow at Westrick Music Academy for Cantores, and Concert Choir. Anna has experience teaching piano and voice lessons to beginner students of all ages. She has been involved in extra-curricular choral ensembles such as: Westminster Williamson Voices, Jubilee Singers, and Westminster Choir. Anna has sung with Westminster Symphonic Choir at Carnegie Hall, The Kimmel Center, and the Lincoln Center, with world famous maestros and opera singers such as Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Isabel Leonard. In the future, she plans to use her minor in Arts Administration, to give a voice to all arts programs in schools, as well as teach music within the New Jersey school districts.
Emily Obernauer, Ensemble Conducting Fellow (fall)
Emily Obenauer is overjoyed to be joining the Westrick Music Academy family as a Conducting Fellow this season! Emily is from Hillsborough, NJ and is a current senior at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), studying Vocal Music Education. At TCNJ, Emily is a member of the College Chorale, while also working as a Student Conductor and Choral Librarian. Emily lets her love for singing flourish outside the classroom through her a cappella group, the TCNJ Treblemakers, where she has acted as Music Director for the past two years, and through her work with Lyric Theater. In addition, Emily passionately serves as Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Chairwoman, Programming Chairwoman, and Music Director of the Nu Alpha Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity.