Mark Fabio (Music Technology Camp) has been a public school music teacher for more than 25 years and his experience includes elementary to high school general music, all levels of band grades 4-12, elementary strings, music theory, music composition, and music technology since 1988.
His education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Rowan University, Masters of arts in Music Theory/Composition from Montclair State University and is finishing up his second Masters of Arts in Digital Music Pedagogy from Duquesne University this spring.
This will be Mr. Fabio’s second year teaching this camp and is looking forward to meeting and teaching a new group of students this summer!
Jennifer Foose (Let’s Put On a Show!) Jennifer Foose received her BS in music education at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY and her MA in theatre education at New York University. She has been a high school music teacher at Cedar Grove High School for fifteen years and has directed over twenty high school musicals. Many of her students have been recognized by Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star awards program and she continues to educate and encourage students to pursue all avenues in musical theater from technical theater to stage management, from creating memorable characters in the ensemble to strengthening vocals and acting skills in lead roles. Jennifer has performed in community theater productions such as Anyone Can Whistle (Faye Apple), Kiss Me Kate (Bianca), The Most Happy Fella (Cleo) and Nunsense (Sister Hubert) but her main passion is directing musical theater. Her annual direction of a high school musical at Cedar Grove has now even expanded to a second musical in concert every spring.
Dan Foster (Summer Voices), founder and director of Aoede Consort, is a frequent conductor, keyboard artist and tenor soloist with prestigious groups across the Northeast including Albany Pro Musica, St. Rose Camerata and Crescendo Berkshires.
A lifelong advocate for contemporary composers, Mr. Foster conducted the premieres Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis by Timothy Luby; Magnificat and Te Deum by Larry G. Nuckolls; and The Joseph Triptych and Canticles for Advent: The Season of the Now by Thomas F. Savoy who afterward wrote: “…[he] brings his considerable musicianship and artistic sensitivity to bear on satisfying the vision of the composer. This is one of his greatest gifts, sublime in nature, but of immense artistic integrity.”
in 2012, Mr. Foster made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut leading Aoede Consort in the world premiere of Vladimir Pleshakov’s choral music: “Maestro Dan Foster is indeed a find…he conducted the works like a young Robert Shaw. The first beautiful vocal sounds that came from the Aoede Consort floating out into the vast space and thrilling acoustics of Carnegie brought the audience immediately into a spiritual experience.” – John Paul Keeler in The Scene, New York, New York
Mr. Foster engages in critical research to revive forgotten masterpieces of early music. Aoede Consort’s 2009 revival of Grand Motet “Exaudiat te Dominus” by Jean-Baptiste Lully was the first performance in the Americas and produced the first publication of performing scores for this great work. This, and his other authoritative early music editions are published by Schirmer Cengage at Yale University. For the benefit of the greater musical community, some are freely available on the Aoede Consort website.
Mr. Foster is the music director of The New Opera, Williams College, Williamstown Massachusetts. Recently performances include Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto; Purcell’s Dido and Æneas and Bizet’s Carmen. In collaboration with Mosaic Arts Opera Company and Nacre Dance, he twice lead a revival production of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice.
Joseph Kirk (Band Jump-Start) is the Band Director at Cedar Hill and Liberty Corner schools in the Bernards Public School District. In addition to his teaching at the beginning band level, he has also been an assistant director for the Ridge Marching Band. Mr. Kirk has been teaching in the Bernards School District since 2011.
Mr. Kirk attended Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Music Education degree. He has performed on several instruments, including french horn, trumpet and guitar.
Matthew LaPine (Summer Voices; Director of Education) is an active performer, educator, conductor, and composer in central New Jersey. He received the designation Master of Music in Choral Conducting and Music Education from Westminster Choir College of Rider University, where he studied voice and graduated with distinction. He also received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Westminster, studying voice and piano, graduating summa cum laude, and winning the Sophomore Piano Competition. As a conductor, Mr. LaPine has been the graduate assistant with Westminster Williamson Voices and Westminster Schola Cantorum (under the supervision and direction of the acclaimed James Jordan), rehearsal assistant for the Westminster Jubilee Singers (under the direction of J. Donald Dumpson), and he has led rehearsals and soloed with the Westminster Symphonic Choir. He has studied piano with Lillian Livingston, Francis McGuigan, and Ann Marie Nowak; voice with Marvin Keenze and Sonia Funk-Olin; and music theory and composition withJay Kawarsky, Barton Bartle, and Anthony Kosar.
Mr. LaPine is the Choral Director at Bernards High School, where his choral ensembles have received national acclaim and have performed in various locations along the East Coast, most recently at the Roper Performing Arts Center in Norfolk, VA and the Thomas Jefferson Memorialin Washington, D.C. He is also the Director of Male Ensembles with the New Jersey Youth Chorus, directing the Young Men’s Ensemble and the newly established Boys’ Ensemble. He is Director of Education for Music in the Somerset Hills, a community organization whose mission is to provide musical experiences of the highest quality to those who live and work in the Somerset Hills and the surrounding communities. He is Assistant Director of Early Childhood Music Camps at Westminster Conservatory of Music and sings for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen (NJ) where he is a soloist, section leader, and guest conductor with the Festival and Chamber Choirs.
Mr. LaPine has been published in multiple works. He contributed the chapter “Prognosticating the Choral Ensemble’s Ear” to The Choral Rehearsal: Volume One, and the chapter “Schenkerian Analysis as an Analytical Tool for the Choral Conductor” in Inward Bound – The Choral Rehearsal: Volume Two; both books are authored by James Jordan and published by GIA. He is featured as a contributing author to Teaching Music Through Performance in Choir: Volume 2, as well as Teaching Music Through Performance in Middle School Choir, both published by GIA. Additionally, Mr. LaPine created an edition of Brahms’ Fest- und Gedenksprüche, which features a scholarly edition of the work with a complete Harmonic Immersion SolfegeTM analysis. It will be available as part of the Evoking Sound Choral Series, published by GIA. Further, Mr. LaPine coordinated and prepared Westminster Williamson Voices in the recording of multiple tracks for the Teaching Music Through Performance in Choir, Resource Recordings CD.
Gabrielle San Roman (Summer Voices) is pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Music Education at Westminster Choir College (Class of 2016), where she studies voice with Lindsey Christiansen and is a member of both the Westminster Choir and the Westminster Symphonic Choir. She is the Conducting Fellow for Princeton Girlchoir Ensemble for the 2014-2015 academic year under the direction of Lynnel Jenkins. Ms. San Roman serves as president of the Westminster Choir College American Choral Directors Association student chapter. She has been teaching at Summer Voices with Music in the Somerset Hills since 2012.
Stephen Sands (Summer Voices; Artistic Director) is a GRAMMY-nominated “crystalline tenor” (Backstage) who was praised by the New York Times as “a tenor with a focused, powerful tone“ who sings with “subtlety” and “poignancy“, Stephen Sands is highly sought after as a soloist, conductor, music educator and ensemble member by some of the most prestigious institutions and conductors in the United States. Mr. Sands holds his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Westminster Choir College. He is a founding member and Executive Director of the internationally award-winning Antioch Chamber Ensemble, widely regarded as one of the finest professional vocal ensembles in the country.
As an Artistic Director, Stephen has successfully raised funds from both individual and institutional sources for Music in the Somerset Hills, an organization dedicated to music education and performance in northern New Jersey. He has had the pleasure of coordinating international performing tours, producing commercial recordings, and staging many self-directed performances. In 2012, Stephen raised funds for, produced, conducted and performed in a production of Handel’s opera Semele and Handel’s Messiah.
In addition to a successful career as a musician and conductor, Stephen is also a respected music educator. He has taught choral music to thousands of students in grades 3-12 in the Somerset Hills School District for more than 16 years. Stephen is also the founder and Artistic Director of Music in the Somerset Hills and the Somerset Hills Community Chorus, which celebrates its fifth season in 2014-2015. A highlight of this season includes a performance of Bach’s St. John Passion with baroque orchestra and world-class soloists, including Julianne Baird and Dann Coakwell.
Stephen has been heard as the Evangelist and tenor soloist in numerous performances of Bach’s sacred oratorios, most recently with the Trinity Choir and Baroque Orchestra in the St. John Passion of J.S. Bach. As an ensemble member, Stephen sings with the Carmel Bach Festival Chorale, Vox Vocal Ensemble, Aoede Consort, TENET, Clarion Music Society, Pomerium, and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street under the direction of Julian Wachner. His extensive discography includes the recent releases of a CD of Bach Motets and the Complete Haydn Masses with the Choir of Trinity Wall Street. Recent releases include tenor solos in the Grammy nominated recording of Handel’s Israel and Egypt with the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, and a CD of Mannerist Motets of the Renaissance with Pomerium. StephenSands.net
Karen Schaberg (Orchestra Jump Start) received her Bachelors and Masters in Music from Montclair State University with a concentration on violin performance. She studied with the esteemed New York Philharmonic violinist Oscar Ravina. After many years concentrating on free lancing, Mrs. Schaberg taught violin in the Caldwell-West Caldwell public schools for ten years before joining the faculty of the Mendham Township Public Schools in 2005 as the String Director. She is also the founder and director of the Brookside String Orchestra; a summer evening string camp for students. In 2014 she was named “Teacher of the Year” from the NJ chapter of American String Teachers Association. In addition to her teaching, Mrs. Schaberg maintains a busy concert schedule and private studio. She has performed with the New Jersey Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Harrisburg Symphony, the Westfield Symphony, the New Philharmonic of New Jersey, St. Cecilia Orchestra, the Masterwork Orchestra and the New Jersey Festival Orchestra. Mr. Eric Schaberg is also a violinist, teaching in Randolph High School. They met as stand partners in Carnegie Hall.
Laura Shabazz (Guitar Camp) originally of Bernardsville, has taught guitar for over 20 years. Laura graduated from BHS, where she sang as an alto in Madrigals, participated in several vocal and instrumental ensembles, and earned the distinction of ‘class musician.’
Raised by musicians, Laura received an early grounding in music theory and classical piano so that picking up the guitar was a snap. She acquired her earliest students mere months after she started learning guitar herself. Now, more than 20 years later, Laura has encountered an array of students and has developed her teaching style ‘on the job.’ Co-founder ofSwan Music School, with husband Shaheed, she keeps her student-focused lessons centered on personal expression. Using a flexible, intuitive approach, Laura targets and loosens whatever holds someone back from free creative expression, from 70% deafness to left-handedness (lefties are often forced to learn righty) to a crippling fear of mistakes. She specializes in kids and teens, though admits that her adult beginner and intermediate students seem to experience the most fulfillment learning guitar.
Jason Snyder (Band Jump-Start) is the Director of Bands Grades 5-8 and the Jazz Ensemble at Bernardsville Middle School. He is also the director of the 4th Grade Band at Bedwell Elementary School and is the assistant director for the Bernards High School Marching Band. Mr. Snyder has been teaching in the Somerset Hills School District since 2005.
Mr. Snyder holds his Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from the University of Delaware and his Master’s of Music in Music Education degree from the prestigious Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. He held the lead trumpet position of both jazz ensembles while he attended the University of Delaware and Rutgers University. Mr. Snyder is an accomplished trumpet player and has performed at various venues such as Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York, The RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana and The Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City.