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PBC Come to the Music Concert Program

Al Shlosha D’varim
The world is sustained by three things — by truth, by justice, and by peace
 
Yo le Canto todo el día 
I am moving with my heart
I am leaving with a drum
I sing to you all day long with affection and joy
I am leaving with a drum with affection and emotion
 
Tshosholoza 
Go forward on those mountains; the train is coming from South Africa
You are running away on those mountains; the train is coming from South Africa
 
Hands are Knockin’
We open our minds, thanks to God (Alleluia)
We open our hearts, thanks to God (Alleluia)
We reach out our hands, thanks to God (Alleluia)

Apprentice Choir

Louis Carrot
Rayaan Chaudhuri
Liam Cheng
Paul Colston
Macauley Del Vecchio
Liam Djordjevic
Andy Lacroix
Terrence Loper Jr.
Oliver Naumoski
Krish Unnithan
Daniel Wu
Kiyaan Yadav Krishna
Vinayak
Max Zha-Zhao

Treble Choir

Oluwakafemomi
Akinyanmi
Zoheb Ansari
Stuart Bailey
Joseph Bonefont III
Michael Chorba
Brennan Clissold
James Dolenti
Gavin Faherty
Somansh Garimella
Gabriel Gomes
Samuel Leonard
Geoffrey Leonard
Tyler Levy
Karl Liao
Jeffrey Liu
Liam McWha
Kavin Muthiah
Stefan Naumoski
Asher Silverman
Benjamin Slotman
Chakra Sreekanth
Karthik Subramaniyam
Thomas Teti
Kai Ueng-McHale
Narayan Venkatesh
Dominic Walters
Lewis Wasden
Gavin Wells
Logan Wells
Julian Zetterberg

Young Men’s Ensemble

Atlas Barbanel
Ayush Bobra
Ryan Bole
Connor Bowden
Justin Casler
Giancarlo Crapanzano
Jack Elliott
Daniel Irungu
David Willard Johnson
Clement Lacroix
Han Li
Aidan Ni
Braedon Owen
Sebastian Roden
Harris Rothschild
Jayen Shah
James Teti
Jeffrey Yang

Lynnel Joy Jenkins, DMA (Artistic Director, Concert Choir and Ensemble) is Artistic Director of Westrick Music Academy and Choral Teacher at Timberlane Middle School of the Hopewell Valley Regional School District. At Westrick Music Academy, Dr. Jenkins conducts advanced groups, Princeton Girlchoir Ensemble and Concert Choir. She is a choral educator of international stature, having lectured and conducted choral festivals or music programs in Switzerland, China, Hong Kong, Iceland, and South Africa. Nationally, she has conducted honor choruses for one national, four regional, and several state conferences for American Choral Directors Association, two national conferences for OAKE, and numerous All-State choruses. Jenkins has earned degrees from Westminster Choir College (B.M.), Temple University (M.M.), and University of Arizona (D.M.A.), and at the first two institutions was awarded the Elaine Brown Conducting Award.

Fred Meads (WMA Education Director, Quarter Notes & Eighth Notes) Fred Meads holds several roles in the Westrick Music Academy organization. He serves as Education Director of Westrick Music Academy, Conductor of two choirs in Princeton Girlchoir and Music Director of the Princeton Boychoir. Previously he was Director of Vocal Studies at the American Boychoir School for nine years.

Mr. Meads has been director of choirs in public and private schools, churches and at the collegiate level for the past twenty-five years. From 1999–2009, he was Artistic Director of the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir in Fort Wayne, IN, where he led the group on national and international tours, prepared the choir for annual symphonic engagements, and commissioned works from diverse and renowned composers. Mr. Meads has been invited to conduct various honor choirs and all-state choirs in Wyoming, Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Nebraska, Ohio and Oklahoma. In 2017 and 2011 he led the Organization of Kodály Educators National Children’s Honor Choirs. In 2014, he conducted the Northwest ACDA Division Children’s Honor Choir in Seattle. Internationally, he traveled to Hong Kong to present choral workshops for music educators and the Yip Children’s Choir. Mr. Meads has also presented workshops for the Indiana Music Educators Association, ACDA, OAKE and Westminster Choir College. He has served on the boards of both the Indiana Choral Directors Association and the New Jersey Choral Directors Association.

Mr. Meads received the Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Ithaca College, NY and the Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He completed his Kodály training at Capital University in Columbus, OH where he was a scholarship recipient. He was selected as a participant in master classes for Chorus America and the Toronto Children’s Chorus and was a recipient of the Excellence in Arts Award when living in Fort Wayne, IN.

Fred Meads is enjoying his twelfth year on the staff of Westrick Music Academy. He first served as an accompanist for Semi-Tones.

François Suhr, Conductor, Apprentice Choir; Collaborative Pianist, Eighth Notes

François Suhr is the choral and general music teacher at Monmouth Junction and Constable Elementary Schools of the South Brunswick School District. During the summer, he acts as the professor of musicianship classes for the Kodály certification and Masters degree program at the American Kodály Institute at Loyola University Maryland. It is from this institution that François earned his Kodály certification and Master of Education in Kodály Music Education. He also holds a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

In addition to teaching, François works as a pianist and music director for many different community theatres throughout the state of New Jersey most recently completing projects at the Villager’s Theatre, Kelsey Theatre and with Phoenix Productions.

In addition to teaching, François works as a pianist and music director for many different community theatres throughout the state of New Jersey most recently completing projects at the Villager’s Theatre, Kelsey Theatre and with Phoenix Productions.

Tyler Weakland (Collaborative Pianist, Cantores) Praised for his verve and adroit collaborative piano playing by the Charleston City Paper, Tyler Weakland is a vocal coach, conductor, composer, and pianist. He accompanies voice students at Mannes School of Music of the New School in New York City. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in Sacred Music with concentrations in piano and voice from Westminster Choir College, where he studied with Steve Pilkington, J.J. Penna, Ingrid Clarfield, and Kathy Price. An experienced choral accompanist, Mr. Weakland has worked extensively with the choirs of Westminster Choir College, performing at Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, and the Kimmel Center. He’s worked closely with James Jordan, Joe Miller, Amanda Quist, Charles Bruffy, Weston Noble, Dalton Baldwin, Benita Valente, Sharon Sweet, and Laquita Mitchell. Recent conducting and orchestrating credits include a Disney TV pilot for Hulu, and his compositions and arrangements have been heard across the country, specifically his new art songs. Mr. Weakland has conducted choirs in Vienna, and Oxford as part of the Choral Music Institute where he studied the boychoir tradition in churches of the United Kingdom. While a member of the renowned Westminster Choir, Mr. Weakland enjoyed several residencies at the Spoleto Festival USA and was a member of the Spoleto Festival Orchestra. In addition to working with the Princeton Boychoir, he currently serves as the Handbell and Children’s Choir Director at Christ Church United Methodist on 60th and Park Avenue in NYC.

Maddie Meier, PGC Ensemble and PBC Young Men’s Ensemble Conducting Fellow

Maddie Meier, an internationally-trained soprano, conductor and teacher from St. Louis, Missouri, received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and Bachelor of Arts in German with a minor in French from Montclair State University. She graduated in 2020, summa cum laude. During her time at Montclair, she received a full-ride scholarship to study for a year at the Kunstuniversität Graz in Austria. She has done solo voice work with different Baroque Chamber Ensembles in and outside of the United States, and has sung a variety of different operatic and musical theater roles, in addition to concert works. Recently, she has performed as a soprano soloist for Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra and the American Repertory Ballet Theater. She has also performed as the soprano soloist for Handel’s Messiah, in addition to performing as the soprano soloist for Haydn’s Creation with the South Orange Symphony Orchestra. Maddie Meier was a finalist in The Kentucky Bach Choir’s Audrey Rooney Vocal Bach Competition in 2021. As a conductor, Ms. Meier has been accepted as a Conducting Fellow at various conducting institutes across the country. She is looking forward to working as a Conducting Fellow with the Princeton Girlchoir this coming Fall (2022), in addition to continuing her work as a Conducting Fellow with The Adult Rise Up Community Chorus. Ms. Meier will also be starting this Fall as the Choral Music Director at Neptune Township High School, where she will direct two auditioned choirs and direct the school musicals. She currently resides in Princeton, New Jersey, where she actively performs and runs her own private voice, violin, piano and language studio (Maddie Meier Music Studio, LLC). In her spare time, Maddie is a voracious reader, who loves to paint, hike, cook and garden. 

 

Megan Sholette, PBC Treble Choåir Conducting Fellow

Megan is a current senior attending The College of New Jersey who is majoring in Music Education with a concentration in voice. Megan has been involved in choir, piano, dance, and musical theatre from a young age. Her passion for music education stemmed from her high school choir teacher who inspired her to pursue her dream of being a teacher. Megan participated in select choirs all throughout high school and was selected as a member of All South Jersey Chorus in 2019. Megan continues to be very active in her college music program as a member of TCNJ’s only competitive acapella group, The Trentones, and a member of the National Association for Music Educators. In addition, Megan is a dedicated member of the International Music Fraternity for Women, Sigma Alpha Iota, where she serves on the Executive Board as Editor and as Secretary for the American Choral Directors Association. Last spring, Megan had the amazing opportunity to strengthen her conducting skills by participating in an Independent Study for Choral Conducting under the direction of Dr. John Leonard. As part of this study, Megan led her honors choral ensemble, TCNJ Chorale, in warm-ups and sectional rehearsals and conducted a piece for the spring concert. This experience sparked a passion for choral conducting and she is honored to be a Conducting Fellow for Westrick Music Academy this year! Megan is currently a general music student teacher at Valley Elementary School and will move to Bensalem High School in late October to finish out the semester working with the choirs, piano classes, and theory classes. Megan hopes to continue to spread her love of music with her students and inspire them to pursue music in the future as well. In her down time, she enjoys dancing, watching musicals, playing ukulele, and reading.

Board of Directors

Archana Pradhan, MD, MPH, President
Mark J. Badros, Treasurer
Daniela M. Phayme, Secretary
Kristy V. Kyriakopoulos
Xiaobing Li
Jena Prideaux McWha
Frederick A. Pettit, Esq.
Laura Fenster Rothschild, PsyD
Craig Vachris
Joan A. Valcin
Michael Wasden
Mary Jane Weiss, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Lynnel Joy Jenkins, DMA, Artistic Director, Ex Officio
Hilary K. Butler, Executive Director, Ex Officio

Advisory Board

S. Tina Biswas
Carol Burden
Jordan M. Corn
Patricia Cornet
Barbara Burke DiCostanzo
James M. Jordan
Peter F. Kelly, Esq., Legal Advisor
John P. Leonard, DM
Beth Nichols
Janet H. Perkins
Carolyn Sauer
Alice Teti
Jason Vodicka, DMA
Jan A. Westrick

Westrick Music Academy Staff

Dr. Beth Guerriero, Interim Executive Director
Blanca Gonzalez, Office Manager
Rachel DiBlasio, Operations Manager
Jenna Rose Cipolla, Operations Assistant
Jena McWha, Development Director
Carolyn Sienicki, Communications Director

We are growing and auditioning for all choirs! If you know a student in grades 3 through 12 that loves to sing, encourage them to audition and sing with us! westrickmusic.org/auditions

Princeton Girlchoir and Westrick Music Academy wishes to thank the following individuals and organizations for making today’s concert possible:

  • New Jersey State Council on the Arts
  • Discover Jersey Arts
  • New Jersey Arts & Cultural Renewal Fund
  • Princeton Area Community Foundation
  • The College of New Jersey
  • Our wonderful volunteers who help in so many ways
  • Our donors like you who made this concert possible

Sincerest Appreciation to WMA’s Generous Supporters

donor list as of 05.08.2023

Foundation Patrons $10,000+
Horizon Foundation
New Jersey State Council On The Arts
Princeton Area Community Foundation
The George H. and Estelle M. Sands Foundation
The Presser Foundation

$1,000 – $9,999
Bell Family Foundation
Honey Perkins Family Foundation
The Fruscione Foundation

Individual Patrons $5000+
Anonymous
Janet Westrick & G. Frederick Schott

$1,000 – $4,999
Mary & David Blair
Jena & Matt McWha

$500-$999
Cacilda Barros & Neil Gomes
Barbara DiCostanzo & Christopher DiCostanzo
Oxana & Arve Hanstveit
Laura Fenster Rothschild & Adam Rothschild
Anjali & Rahul Shah
Mary Alice & Len Teti
Joan & Martin Valcin
Jessica Vieira & Matthew Roden
Amy Xu & Ming Xu

$100-$499
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Beth Behrend & Robert Eaton
Leigh & Olivier Brigaud
Kellie Ciofalo
Michele Cleary
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Elizabeth Guerriero
Al Heary
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Kristy & Georgios Kyriakopoulos
Annette & Robert LaCanna
Elizabeth Lewandrowski
Shufen Lin & Chaofa Chuang
Lisa & Frederick Pettit
Natalie & Hung Pho
Deborah Purdon
Catherine Quinlan
Douglas Raichle
Ravi Menon & Roshni Ravi
Raymond & Brenda Ruiz
Julie & Steve Scatena
Sybil Shainwald
Xin Yu & Jiming Shi
Bruce & Robin Taylor
Norah & Michael Wasden
Mary Jane Weiss & Tom Zane

Up to $99
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Marrein Agwaro
Guy Amoresano
Danielle & Jeremy Bahr
Yelena & Andras Baraz
Chaitra & Eric Baum
Sucharita Bhattacharyya & Indrajit Giri
Sarika Bhumkar & Subramaniyam Seetha Raman
Jan Bishop & Edward Tetelman
Jonathon & Brogann Bowden
Hilary K. Butler
Neelanjana & Hari Cadambi
Dipti Chauhan & Hemang Maheria
Linda Clemens
Jordan Corn
Minoti & Ramesh Dhanaraj
Adam Eggleston
Blair Elliot
Joseph Fulciniti
Marie & Ian Griffiths
Bing Jiang
Scott & Rosemary Karlin
Anna Kilishina & Gregory Rabitsky
Sarah Legins & Keith Legins
Michael Levine & Lily Mirels
Shenzhi Li & Wenbin Ma
Andrew Liput
Lihua Ma & Vincent Choy
John Magovern
Shonda Gordon-Mann & Robert Mann
Jeannie & William Mark
Stephen McGerty
Ravi Menon & Roshni Ravi
Jill Miller
Mary Nicoson
Giselle Olmo
Christiana & Steve Oppong
Lucinda & Occhio Orsini
Michael Paleudis & Samantha Rosenstock
Rasheeda & Philip Pretto
Patricia Polite
Patricia Proctor
Saikiran Rapaka
Lakshmi & Alangaram Ramalingam
Margo Salem
Vineet & Neha Sharma
Dennis Sheppard
Kaihan & Sayera Siddiqui
Puneet & Shatrughan Sinha
Amos & Marion Stults
Swaminathan Sundar
Swapna & Vishwas Tengshe
Barb Weinrib
Daniel Weiss
Melodee Zheng
Anonymous (4)

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Princeton Boychoir presents extraordinary performances at home and throughout the world, while educating the musician, building confidence, and fostering a life-long love of singing together. Housed by Westrick Music Academy — along with Princeton Girlchoir and Poco Voce Choir (1st and 2nd Grade Choir) — WMA has nine choirs, comprising students in 3rd through 12th grade. These choirs present music from a wide array of genres, conductors and composers and have performed with artists such as Michael Bublé, Joyce DiDonato, Rollo Dilworth, Yo Yo Ma, and have performed multiple times at Carnegie Hall. While honing their musicianship, choristers begin life-long friendships, enjoy professional performance opportunities, and travel the world.

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