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PBC Holiday Harmonies program

Gloria
(from Gloria in D Major)

Glory to God in the highest.

Hanerot Halalu
We kindle these lights for the wonders and the redemptions Thou didst perform for our fathers through Thy holy priests. These Hanukkah lights are holy and through them we sanctify Thy name.

Al La Nanita Nana
Come, let’s sing a little lullaby,
Come, let’s sing a little,
My Jesus is sleepy.
Blessed be, blessed be. 

Come, let’s sing a little lullaby,
Come, let’s sing a little,
My Jesus is sleepy.
Blessed be, blessed be. 

Little spring that runs clear & sonorous,
Nightingale that in the forest,
Weeps as it sings, 
Hush, while the cradle rocks. 

Come, let’s sing a little lullaby,
Come, let’s sing a little lullaby.

Jenna Rose Cippola (Gretel) is an operatic soprano and arts administrator. She recently graduated with her bachelors degree from Eastman School of Music, where she studied Voice Performance and Music Cognition. Plus, she’s a PGC lifer!

As a performing artist, Jenna has a deep passion for classical music. Recent roles include Jeanette in L’Amant Anonyme (Eastman Opera Theater) and Littler Daughter in Proving Up (Eastman Opera Theater). She also enjoys concert work, and performed as the Soprano Soloist in Mozart’s C Minor Mass with Eastman School Symphony Orchestra and Eastman-Rochester Chorus. Jenna was grateful to spend her summer as a Seagle Festival 2022 Emerging Artist, where she performed the roles of Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica, Goldilocks in The Three Bears, Ensemble in Hello, Dolly!, and Ensemble in Once Upon a Mattress. During her residency at Seagle, she also performed in the workshop of the new Broadway musical, Yeltsin in Texas, at Skidmore College.

Jenna is thrilled to be returning to the Westrick Music Academy. A New Jersey native, she was a member of the Princeton Girlchoir for ten years.  In her free time, she loves practicing yoga, watching The Bachelor, and spending time with her cats, Rigoletto and Cherubino.

Colleen Kinderman (Hansel) is an operatic soprano who maintains a large studio of voice and piano students throughout New Jersey. She holds a Masters of Music in Voice Pedagogy and Performance, graduating with distinction from Westminster Choir College. During her time at Westminster she performed at such venues as the Kimmel Center, Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart and Carnegie Hall with the Westminster Symphonic Choir. A New Jersey native, Colleen received her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Muhlenberg College, graduating magna cum laude with emphases in Music History, Theory and Performance. There she received such distinctions as the Dorothy and Dexter Baker Foundation Award in the Performing Arts as well as the Muhlenberg College Summer Research Grant for her work on the female Czech composer Vítězslava Kaprálová.

Her operatic experience ranges from performances with Princeton Friends of Opera, Opera Slavica, Westminster Opera Theater, Opera MODO, New Jersey Opera Theater and the Ameropa International Chamber Music Festival in Prague, Czech Republic, among others. Her musical theater credits include a wide variety of productions in the tri-state area. An active performer, she was recently seen performing excerpts from Pulitzer Prize winning composer  Paul Moravec’s The Letter, as well as previewing excerpts from his new opera The Shining, based on the novel by Steven King. Colleen is also a frequent performer of oratorio and sacred music  and cantors regularly at St. John the Evangelist in Lambertville, NJ. Colleen is on the roster of the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir and has the privilege of performing with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the direction of Yannick Nézet-Séguin at notable venues such as The Kimmel Center and Carnegie Hall.

Colleen has worked and studied with some of the country’s leading voice teachers and pedagogues including Dr. Scott McCoy, Dr. Christopher Arneson and Margaret Cusack, among others. She was recently certified in Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method, Levels I and II at Shenandoah Conservatory in VA. This is a functional training method that draws on current voice science and features a body-based approach tailored to the needs and abilities of each individual, with the goal of healthy, free and stylistically appropriate singing. Colleen is also a proud member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. 


Jacob Kinderman (Father) is an operatic baritone and session guitarist based in Lambertville, NJ. Past engagements include performances with Des Moines Metro Opera, Charlottesville Opera, New York Lyric Opera, Opera Slavica, and Princeton University. He has performed many of the major operatic and music theatre roles for baritone including the title roles of Don Giovanni, Eugene Onegin, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Sky Masterson in Guys & Dolls, Sir Harry in Once Upon A Mattress, John Truitt in Meet Me In St. Louis, and many more. 
 
Originally from Olympia, WA, Jacob studied under Seattle guitarist Phil Lawson at Saint Martin’s University. In the summer of 2008 he had the privilege of performing in multiple master classes with the internationally renowned classical guitarist Christopher Parkening as part of a select group hosted at Montana State University. He also spent four years with the Saint Martin’s University Jazz Combo performing throughout the Puget Sound area. Jacob has been teaching voice, guitar, and piano in central New Jersey for over 10 years and his students have been accepted into top university and music conservatory programs with many receiving substantial scholarships.
 
Jacob has also enjoyed a successful career in concert management as a Booking Agent and Artist Manager. He has worked with artists and organizations such as Lang Lang, Ray Chen, American Ballet Theatre, Alan Menken, The Boston Pops Orchestra, Kathleen Battle, Juan Diego Florez, Danny Elfman, and many more. Jake currently manages the eastern & midwest territories for CAMI Music for national touring attractions and orchestras. Previous organizations include Columbia Artists Management, Judson Management Group, and the American Boychoir booking national touring productions, Disney Film with Live Orchestra projects, and hundreds of internationally renowned classical soloists with the largest symphonies and concert halls in the country. He also previously managed Wu Fei, an internationally renowned composer and Guzheng virtuoso who most recently released an album with the Grammy-winning Banjo player Abigail Washburn under Smithsonian Folkways Records. 
Jacob holds a Master of Music in Voice Pedagogy & Performance from Westminster Choir College and a B.A. in Music in Voice Performance & Guitar Performance from Saint Martin’s University. 

Princeton Boychoir develops boys into confident young men of character, through inspired training in singing, music education, and leadership, who share their musical excellence within the community and beyond.

Launched in Fall 2017, PBC has become the premier extracurricular vocal program for boys in the region. PBC is composed of boys from third through twelfth grade, who are placed by audition in one of our three ensembles: Apprentice Choir, Treble Choir, and the Young Men’s Ensemble. Singers are placed by ability, matching each boy with the choir that best suits his vocal, artistic, and musicianship level. In addition to striving for musical excellence, choristers in Princeton Boychoir grow in maturity, self-discipline, focus, and leadership.

Although the Boychoir grew from its sister organization, Princeton Girlchoir, and the two choirs share many traits, there is a unique spirit when “boys’ night” starts every Thursday. Led by Fred Meads, former Director of Vocal Studies at the American Boychoir School and nine-year veteran with Princeton Girlchoir, each chorister in Princeton Boychoir strives to be an outstanding musician while developing a sense of poise and self-confidence through education and performance, challenging him to tap into the best part of who he is and what he can accomplish.

The Boychoir regularly appears on concert stages throughout the Princeton area and beyond. They have appeared on NBC with Michael Bublé in his 2021 Christmas in the City special, at the Baltimore Boychoir Festival, the International Boy’s and Men’s Choral Festival in Arizona, and made their international debut in Prague and Vienna in July 2022.

Princeton Boychoir is part of Westrick Music Academy, home to choirs, music classes and summer camps for musicians from kindergarten through High School.

Lynnel Joy Jenkins 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 (PBC Music Director, WMA Education Director, Treble Choir and Young Men’s Ensemble) has been director of choirs in public and private schools, churches and at the collegiate level for the past twenty-five years. He currently serves as Director of Children and Youth Choirs at Marble Collegiate Church in New York City. Most recently he was Director of Vocal Studies at the American Boychoir School and served as Artistic Director of the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir in Fort Wayne, IN before moving to New Jersey. He has conducted honor and all-state choirs in Wyoming, Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Nebraska, Ohio and Oklahoma. In 2017 and 2011, he conducted the OAKE National Children’s Honor Choirs. In 2014, he served as guest conductor for the Northwest ACDA Children’s Honor Choir.

Internationally, he traveled to Hong Kong to present choral workshops for music educators. Fred has presented workshops for IMEA, ACDA, OAKE and Westminster Choir College. Each summer he teaches in the Kodaly program at Westminster Choir College. Fred received his 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.

François Suhr (Associate
Director, 
Apprentice Choir) 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.

Tyler Weakland
(Assistant to the Music Director) 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.

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, DMA
Beth Nichols
Janet H. Perkins
Carolyn Sauer
Alice Teti
Jason Vodicka, DMA
Jan A. Westrick

Princeton Boychoir Staff

Lynnel Joy Jenkins, DMA, Artistic Director
Hilary K. Butler, Executive Director
Fred Meads, Music & Education Director
François Suhr, Associate Director
Tyler Weakland, Assistant to the Music Director
Rachel DiBlasio, Operations Manager
Jenna Rose Cipolla, Operations Assistant
Carolyn Sienicki, Communications Director
Blanca Gonzalez, Office Manager
Connor Bowden, Treble Choir Intern

Princeton Boychoir 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
  • Princeton Area Community Foundation
  • All Saints Church, Princeton
  • The volunteers and donors who make concerts like this one possible – thank you!

 

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