Dodi Li – My Beloved is Mine
Refrain: My beloved is mine and I am his, the shepherd grazing his flock among the lilies.
Verse 1: Who is this, rising up from the desert perfumed with myrrh and frankincense (refrain)
Verse 2: You have captured my heart, my chosen sister, my bride. (refrain)
Verse 3: Awaken, North wind, and come, South wind. (refrain)
From composer Reena Esmail: The title of this piece is a conglomeration of two words: the Italian word ‘tutti’, means ‘all’ or ‘everyone’, and the term ‘tarana’ designates a specific Hindustani (North Indian) musical form, whose closest Western counterpart is the ‘scat’ in jazz. Made up of rhythmic syllables, a tarana is the singer’s chance to display agility and dexterity. While a Hindustani tarana is a solo form, I wanted to bring the tarana into an ensemble setting.
One Small Voice
Westrick Music Academy commissioned One Small Voice for the 15th Anniversary of our Children Making a Difference benefit concert. Because the composer, Ryan Brechmacher, had previously been a long-time staff member of Princeton Girlchoir, we believe he captured our spirit perfectly in this song.
Fueled by the power of a girl’s voice, Princeton Girlchoir presents extraordinary performances at home and throughout the world, while educating the musician, building confidence, and fostering a life-long love of singing together. Founded in 1989 as an after- school activity for girls interested in choral music, Princeton Girlchoir has grown into the area’s premier training and performance choir for girls, with over 300 choristers participating each year. The organization has seven choirs, comprising girls in 3rd through 12th grade. These choirs present music from a wide array of genres, conductors and composers. While honing their musicianship, choristers begin life-long friendships, enjoy professional performance opportunities, and travel the world.
Princeton Girlchoir has been honored to perform in a wide array of venues for audiences both nationally and internationally. Notable performances include the North American premiere of Tan Dun’s Symphony 1997 with Yo- Yo Ma at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center; multiple appearances at Carnegie Hall; performances for dignitaries such as Hillary Rodham Clinton, Jeb Bush, Rush Holt, and Sandra Day O’Connor; performing the national anthem at several professional sporting events; and appearances at conferences of the American Choral Directors Association, Organization of American Kodály Educators, and NJ Music Educators Association.
Princeton Girlchoir is a program of Westrick Music Academy, home to choirs, music classes, and summer camps for musicians from kindergarten through adulthood.
Aanya Yadav Krishna Vinayak
Sai Brinda Bhupatiraju
With bittersweet feelings, we acknowledge these seniors today. But once a member of Princeton Girlchoir, always a member! We hope you continue to attend Princeton Girlchoir concerts and sing with us as alumnae!
* “Lifer” – chorister since third grade
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.
(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.
Chaequan Anderson (Associate Director, Cantores) Chaequan Anderson is an active choral conductor and music educator based in Princeton, New Jersey. Chaequan has varied choral experience directing school, community youth and children, and professional choirs. As a teacher and conductor, Chaequan has held positions with Trenton Children’s Chorus, and Westminster Conservatory, and has served as a guest conductor and clinician with ensembles in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts.
Currently, Chaequan is Director of Middle School Choirs at Montclair Kimberley Academy, Associate Director & Conductor Cantores at Princeton Girlchoir, & is the Founding Artistic Director of Glassbrook Vocal Ensemble, a professional choir based in Ewing, NJ.
As a performer, he has performed with several choral ensembles in the area, including the Philadelphia Orchestra Symphonic Choir, Princeton Pro Musica, & VOICES Chorale of Hopewell. Additionally, he was a member of the highly acclaimed Westminster Choir of Westminster Choir College.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Kodály Certification Levels I & II from Westminster Choir College. Professional memberships include the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Educators, the Organization of American Kodály Educators, the National Association of Negro Musicians, & New Jersey Music Educators Association. He is currently completing a MM in Choral Conducting at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University- New Brunswick.
Tom T. Shelton, Jr.(Associate Director, Semi-Tones) is associate professor of Sacred Music at Westminster Choir College, in Princeton, NJ. Focusing on children’s and youth music at Westminster, Professor Shelton teaches classes in conducting, sacred music, music education, and conducts the Williamson Voices Treble Ensemble. In addition, he is the director of Children’s and Youth Choirs at Princeton United Methodist Church
Before moving to NJ, Mr. Shelton taught middle school choral music in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County, (NC) for 18 years. During that time he was selected Teacher of the Year multiple times and was presented the North Carolina Middle School Music Teacher of the Year award by the North Carolina Music Educators Association.
Mr. Shelton has conducted choral festivals and presented workshops in throughout the United States and Hong Kong. He has served as an adjudicator for the Penabur International Choral Festival (Jakarta, Indonesia); the Rovdo International Choral Festival (Belarus); and worked on several projects with the “Soul Sounds Academy” (Sri Lanka). He is the Series Director for the Music for Young Voices Series with GIA Publications and has over 60 compositions published by Choristers Guild, Colla Voce Music, G. Schirmer, Galaxy, GIA Publications, Growing in Grace Curriculum, Heritage Music Press, Hinshaw Music Company, Musicspoke.com, Santa Barbara Music Press, and Walton Music.
An active member of the American Choral Directors Association, Mr. Shelton served as the National President (2017-2019).
(Collaborative Pianist, Semi-Tones) was born in South Korea and began playing the piano at a young age, accompanying her church choir by the time she was 12 years old.
She attended Westminster Choir College Graduate School in Princeton, where she majored in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, before returning to Dankook Graduate School in Seoul, South Korea, where she majored in Piano Accompanying. She studied Dance Accompanying at Sungshin Women’s University (Graduate) School In Sungshin, South Korea, later earning a third graduate degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. She also studied at Ecole Normale, France.
Jaeyeon has performed extensively in places such as the Australia Opera House in 1992 and Ecole Normale, France in 1997, where she also studied. Jaeyeon’s accompanying resume includes playing for the Gospel Church in Yeouido, Korea in 1992, Seoul Arts High School in 2005, the Korean Ballet Company, and Bergen Catholic High School, Oradell, NJ 2015. For more than ten years, Jaeyeon has accompanied and performed in numerous colleges, universities, and other venues in South Korea and worldwide.
Today Ms. Chung is the staff Pianist at Westminster Choir College, where she accompanies the Williamson Voices Treble Ensemble and Conservatory Violin Group.
She is also an accompanist for the Princeton Ballet School, Princeton Girls Choir, and Tiny Turtle Academy Pre-Kinder Music teacher in Basking Ridge, NJ., and accompanist at Queenship of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Plainsboro.
(Collaborative Pianist, Concert Choir) has performed widely in the New York and Philadelphia metropolitan areas, building an extensive repertoire of solo and chamber music. Currently, she serves as a coach and accompanist at Westminster Choir College. As an accompanist she has also performed and toured with several choirs from the New York area, in which capacity the New York Times has praised her performances as “vivid” and “deft.” In 2018 Julia was honored to be a featured performer in a Philip Glass opera workshop in North Adams, Massachusetts.
(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.
(Collaborative Pianist, Quarter Notes and Ensemble) Stefanie Watson enjoys being active in a variety of musical facets. She has performed in and organized recitals in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and her home state of Maryland. Stefanie served as staff pianist for Lied Austria International, a month-long summer program near Graz, Austria focused on intense study of German art song and poetry. During the academic year, Stefanie can be found at The College of New Jersey performing as a staff pianist, working as a musical director for the Lyric Theatre program, and teaching group keyboard classes to non-music majors.
An in-demand choral pianist, Stefanie performs with state and regional honor choruses in New Jersey, school choirs of every age, and with the Hopewell Valley Chorus, in addition to her work with Princeton Girlchoir and WMA. She has served as rehearsal pianist for the Princeton Festival’s opera productions and for a Carnegie Hall performance of Robert Schumann’s Requiem, Op. 148. Stefanie also has been a keyboardist in instrumental ensembles, including the Garden State Philharmonic, Adelphi Orchestra, and the Eastern Wind Symphony. She is on the administrative staff and participates in the Chamber Music Conference, among other chamber music collaborations.
Stefanie has taught piano privately in NJ for nearly 15 years and is music director at Emanuel Lutheran Church in New Brunswick, where she directs a three-octave handbell and handchime choir. She holds a Masters degree in Collaborative Piano from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts and a Bachelors in Piano Performance from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, with a minor in Spanish. When she is home, Stefanie can be found catering to her cats Kalahari and Cinnamon.
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.
Rochelle Ellis (Vocal Coach) Rochelle Ellis is a performer and teacher. She holds positions as Adjunct Associate Professor of Voice at Westminster Choir College of Rider University and as Lecturer of Voice at Princeton University. As a performer, she has distinguished herself in a broad repertoire that extends from Bach and Brahms to Verdi and Gershwin. She made her New York City Opera debut as “Serena” in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, and her Carnegie Hall debut in Bach’s Cantata 140, with Joseph Flummerfelt. Internationally, she has performed the Verdi Requiem with the National Opera of China in Beijing, sung opera favorites at the Prague [Czech Republic] Autumn Music Festival, and has performed solo recitals in Osaka and Tokyo, Japan. She has frequently performed in the Princeton area with Princeton Pro Musica, VOICES Chorale, and the Richardson Chamber Players.
Active in community outreach in music, Dr. Ellis is currently a Faculty Fellow with Trenton Arts at Princeton. She teaches in the summer Westminster Conservatory High School Vocal Institute and the Solo Vocal Artist Camp. Dr. Ellis has served as Teaching Artist for The Princeton Festival Guild and has served as Music Director and Solo/Small Ensemble Director for the Trenton Children’s Chorus. She has recently completed a term as a member of the Board of Directors with Capital Singers of Trenton, a community choral ensemble.
The St. Louis native received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. She received her Master of Music Education degree from Westminster Choir College of Rider University and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music.
Ryan Brechmacher (Composer and Guest Pianist) is an active performer, composer, teacher, and pianist. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree in both Piano Performance/Pedagogy and Theory/ Composition, studying with Ingrid Clarfield and Stefan Young at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. Ryan has served as an accompanist for the Westminster Youth Chorale, Voices Chorale, and singers and instrumentalists in the area.
An accomplished composer, his works have been heard throughout the United States and Europe. He has had pieces premiered by the Westminster Schola Cantorum, Westminster Youth Chorale, Bowling Green Junior High School Bands, the Bowling Green Area Community Band, VOICES Chorale, Princeton Day School choirs, and Princeton Girlchoir’s Concert Choir. His choral and piano compositions have been published by Alfred Music Publishing, GIA Publications, and Trans-continental Music.
Mr. Brechmacher is also the full-time Staff Accompanist at Princeton Day School, where he also teaches AP Music Theory.
Do you have a friend that likes to sing?
Bring your friends to a rehearsal! We will be hosting “Bring a Friend” nights. These are open rehearsals where our choristers and fellow music teachers are allowed to invite a friend interested in joining one of our choirs. It’s an excellent chance for anyone to see how much fun we have in rehearsals! (Printed invitations for friends will be given out in rehearsal.)
All rehearsals are held at:
Westrick Music Academy, 231 Clarksville Road, Suite 8, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
Please RSVP if you or a student would like to attend one of our “Bring a Friend” rehearsals: firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRINCETON GIRLCHOIR REHEARSALS
Tuesday, February 28, 6:45-8:15 PM Semi-Tones (grades 6-9)
Wednesday, March 1, 6:15-8:15 PM Ensemble (grades 11-12)
Monday, March 6, 6:30-8:15 PM Concert Choir (grades 8-10)
Monday, March 6, 6:45-8:30 PM Cantores (grades 10-12)
Tuesday, March 7, 6:30-8:00 PM Quarter Notes (grades 5-7)
Wednesday, March 8, 6:30-7:45 PM Eighth Notes (grades 2-6)
PRINCETON BOYCHOIR REHEARSALS
Thursday, March 9
5:00-6:00 PM: Apprentice Choir (grades 2-4)
5:30-7:00 PM: Treble Choir (grades 5-8)
6:30-8:30 PM: Young Men’s Ensemble (grades 8-12, changed voices)
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
- Patriots Theater at the War Memorial
- Our wonderful volunteers who help in so many ways
- Our donors like you who made this concert possible
Board of Directors
Archana Pradhan, MD, MPH, President
Mark J. Badros, Treasurer
Daniela M. Phayme, Secretary
Kristy V. Kyriakopoulos
Jena Prideaux McWha
Frederick A. Pettit, Esq.
Laura Fenster Rothschild, PsyD
Joan A. Valcin
Mary Jane Weiss, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Lynnel Joy Jenkins, DMA, Artistic Director, Ex Officio
Hilary K. Butler, Executive Director, Ex Officio
S. Tina Biswas
Jordan M. Corn
Barbara Burke DiCostanzo
James M. Jordan
Peter F. Kelly, Esq., Legal Advisor
John P. Leonard, DM
Janet H. Perkins
Jason Vodicka, DMA
Jan A. Westrick
Princeton Girlchoir Staff
Lynnel Joy Jenkins, DMA, Artistic Director, Concert Choir and Ensemble
Hilary K. Butler, Executive Director
Fred Meads, Education Director, Eighth Notes and Quarter Notes
Chaequan Anderson, Associate Director, Cantores
Tom Shelton, Associate Director, Semi-Tones
Rachel DiBlasio, Operations Manager
Jenna Rose Cipolla, Operations Assistant
Carolyn Sienicki, Communications Director
Blanca Gonzalez, Office Manager
Jaeyeon Chung, Collaborative Pianist
Julia Hanna, Collaborative Pianist
François Suhr, Collaborative Pianist
Stefanie Watson, Collaborative Pianist
Tyler Weakland, Collaborative Pianist
Zoe Beaton, Cantores Conducting Fellow
Maddie Meier, Concert Choir and Ensemble Conducting Fellow
Megan Sholette, Concert Choir Conducting Fellow
Nomah Elliot, Eighth Notes Intern
Visa Ramanathan, Eighth Notes Intern
Rachel Herway, Quarter Notes Intern
Anya Nirschl, Quarter Notes Intern
Henna Sharma, Semi-Tones Intern
Julia Weiss, Semi-Tones Intern
Devin Embrich, Rehearsal Coordinator
Rebecca Mercedat, Rehearsal Coordinator
Jasmin Villatoro, Rehearsal Coordinator
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