Ocean County College

Toms River, NJ
June 1-3, 2016

This program is made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts,
a partner agency of the National Endowment For The Arts.

Ocean County College
Toms River, New Jersey
June 1-3 2016

Message From Dr. Jon H. Larson
Dr. Jon H. Larson - President Ocean County College
Ocean County College is honored and excited to
serve as host for the 2016 New Jersey State Teen
Arts Festival this June 1-3. The Jay and Linda
Grunin Foundation – which supports the Grunin
Center for the Arts here on our main campus in
Toms River – is a proud sponsor of this terrific
annual event, for which we are expecting more than
3,000 students from throughout the state to
participate. At OCC, we endeavor to bolster arts
education, and enthusiastically support the
development of young artists in New Jersey. We are thrilled to play a part
in this year’s collaboration of talented teenagers from our state’s middle
schools and high schools with professionals in the creative and performing
arts, in an environment designed for valuable critique, instruction, new
ideas, growth, and accomplishment. This state-level event, the culmination
of 14 separate countywide festivals in New Jersey, fosters the exciting
union of art, education, and possibility.

Message From Tony Petito
Tony Petito - Executive & Artistic Director, The Arts & Education Center.
For over forty years, Teen Arts Festivals at the
state and county levels have been the premiere
showcases for New Jersey's young artists,
providing unique educational opportunities for
the development of talented students and
celebration of their extraordinary artistic abilities.
The work on display at the New Jersey State
Teen Arts Festival was selected by coordinators
of thirteen different county festivals, who
recommended students to represent their counties
at this event. The Arts & Education Center is
proud to be presenting the State Festival. I would
like to thank our main sponsors; The Jay and
Linda Grunin Foundation, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and The New
Jersey State Council on the Arts. And our partner in presenting the Festival;
Ocean County College. Finally, I'd like to dedicate the Festival to our teen
artists and to the many arts educators on every level who have dedicated their
lives to developing young talent.

Message From Jeremy Grunin
Jeremy Grunin- Executive Director - The Jay and
Linda Grunin Foundation
The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation is proud to
sponsor the New Jersey Teen Arts Festival and
partner with the Ocean County Cultural and
Heritage Commission and Arts & Education
Center to host this prestigious event in Ocean
County. We have so many exceptional students
in our state and we are thrilled to have the
opportunity to bring them all together to
showcase their talents in visual and performing
arts. The last time this event was held in 2010,
16 New Jersey counties competed and thousands
of art students attended. The festival offers so
many innovative components for our students
including 20 categories for competition, artist performances, workshops and a
college fair. We are excited to be able to bring the New Jersey Teen Arts
Festival back to life and look forward to this event getting bigger and better
each year.

Message From Chris Daggett
Chris Daggett—President and Chief Executive
Officer - Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
It takes the commitment of the nonprofit,
government, and philanthropic sectors working
together to ensure that every New Jersey child has an
opportunity to receive a quality, sequential arts
education. Too often the arts have been cut from
schools during the recent economic downturn. The
irony is that the arts are key subjects that teach the
very skills necessary to help our nation overcome
current and future challenges -- creativity, criticalthinking, communications, empathy, collaboration,
problem-solving, risk-taking, and learning from failure. The Dodge
Foundation is proud to be part of the collaborative effort of so many leaders to
bring back the statewide Teen Arts Festival. We celebrate the hard work and
vision of district and school leaders and teachers who have fought to bring arts
to their students. We are especially grateful to the Jay and Linda Grunin
Foundation for its catalytic lead gift. While we believe that simply
participating in the county and state level festivals brings a multitude of
rewards, we are pleased that the Geraldine R. Dodge Scholarships Best of the
Festival Awards will bring additional encouragement for students and teachers
to continue the hard work that leads to artistic excellence and societal impact.

Larry Capo
President & CEO — Young Audiences
New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania

Robin Middleman
Senior Program Officer
NJ State Council on the Arts

Jeremy Grunin
Executive Director
The Jay & Linda Grunin Foundation

Ann Marie Miller
Executive Director
ArtPride New Jersey

Tara Cunningham
Director of Strategic Planning
The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation

Bob Morrison
Quadrant Arts Education Research

Timothy G. Hart
Director — Ocean County
Cultural & Heritage Commission

Dale Schmid, Ed. D.
Visual & Performing Arts Coordinator
NJ Department of Education

Wendy Liscow
Program Director, Education
The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation

Kristin Wenger
NJ Arts Education Partnership

Jan Kirsten
Executive Director of College Relations
Ocean County College

Mark Wilson
Director of Cultural Affairs
Ocean County College

Bobbi Krantz
Director—Grunin Art Center
Ocean County College

Nicholas J. Wood
Program Development Specialist
Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Comm

Dale Schmid, Ed.D.
Visual & Performing Arts Coordinator—NJ Department of Education

Laurie Abramson
Barbara Bashaw
Cindy Domino
Loretta Fois

Lisa Grimes
Lees Harris
Elizabeth McPherson
Chrissy Marte

Leonard Dozier
Robyn Horn

Jim Jack
Kerri Sullivan

Richard Dammers
Al Holcomb

Barbara Santoro
Nick Santoro

NJ State Teen Arts Festival
Rules & Regulations For Teachers and Students
1. Teachers and chaperones must supervise their
students at all times and are responsible for their
conduct at the Festival. Ocean County College
(OCC) reserves the right to remove individuals
who create a problem, which may result in
removing students or an entire school from
2. Please be aware that OCC is in summer session
and there may be summer classes going on in
buildings where there are performances and
workshops. Please be respectful of the classes in
session and refrain from being disruptive in any
way while on campus.
3. Teen Arts Festival personnel are located
throughout the campus to assist you. They are
wearing shirts with the Teen Arts Festival logo.
Please let them know if you need assistance at any
point throughout the day.
4. Food and drinks are available at the Jon and
Judith Larson Student Center (Building #8).
5. All bus arrivals and departures from campus will
be made from the Health & Human Performance
Center (HPEC) (Building # 29) Please ensure all
students know what time you are departing from
campus and have them gather 15 minutes before
your departure time.

9:00 AM-2:00 PM


Vocal Music
Small Instrumental Music
Large Instrumental Music
Visual Arts (2-D & 3-D)
Small Theatre
Large Theatre
Musical Theatre

Gateway (#101) Room: 104
Grunin Art Center (#12) Room: A117
Grunin Art Center (#12) Main Theatre
Grunin Art Center (#12) Upstairs Gallery
Grunin Art Center (#12) Upstairs Gallery
Grunin Art Center (#12) Room: Black Box
College Center (#9) Room: Solar Lounge
College Center (#9) Room: Dining Hall
College Center (#9) Room: Dining Hall
Geraldine R Dodge Literary Café Gateway (#101)
Gateway (#101) Room: 401



NJ State Teen Arts Festival Traveling Exhibit
2-D & 3-D Visual Arts
All located in
Grunin Art Center (#12) Upstairs Gallery
All students are invited to visit the Geraldine R. Dodge Literary Café located
in the Gateway Building (#101). The Café will provide an open mike for
students wishing to read their work and free refreshments.


1. Administration Building (ADMN)
2. John C. Bartlett, Jr. Hall (BART)
3. Library (LIBR)
4. Health Science Building (HSB)
5. Instructional Building (INST)
6. TV Studio (TVS)
7. W. Kable Russell Building (RUSS)
8. Jon and Judith Larson Student Center
9. College Center (CCTR)
10. Bookstore/Conference (BOOK)
11. Jay & Linda Grunin Art Center (GRUN)
12. Jay & Linda Grunin Art Center (GRUN)
13. Robert J. Novins Planetarium (PLAN)
21. Green Energy Combining Cooling, Heating
and Power Plant


22. Instructional Computer Center (ICCT)
23. Information Technology (OITE)
25. Technology Building (TECH)
27. William T. Hiering Science Building (HIER)
29. Health & Human Performance Center (HPEC)
30. Security/Welcome Center (SWC)
40. O.C.E.A.N., Inc. Kids Child
Development Center (KIDS)
65. Maintenance Building (MBLO)
66. Facilities Management Building (WARE)
67. Administrative Support Building (ADSB)
101. Gateway Building (GATE)

Hawkins Technique of Modern Dance
Principles and Vocabulary of Hawkins Technique of Modern Dance
through clearly defined forms leading up to movements and phrases
selected from Hawkins repertory. Class includes Technique -- how to
work efficiently with the body’s structure and kinesiology (pelvis, spine,
center, torso/limbs relationship, alignment, breath, etc.); and
Choreography -- exploring qualities of movement, phrases and spacing,
performance values and aesthetics.
Workshop Instructor: Gloria McLean is a dancer/choreographer/
teacher/artist and director of LIFEDANCE/Gloria McLean & Dancers.
Formerly with Erick Hawkins Dance Co. 1982--1993. Teaching includes
George Washington University, UW/Madison, Keimyung University in
South Korea (Prof. of Modern Dance for 2 years) and thru residencies/
festivals in NY, U.S. and internationally including residencies at
universities and also at NJ GCIT with Dale Schmid.
Workshop Times: June 1: 10:15-11:15, 12:45-1:45,
June 2: 11:30-12:30, 12:45-1:45, June 3: 9:00-10:00, 12:45-1:45
Building: Health & Human Performance Center (#29) Room: 131
20th Century Dance
In this workshop, the students will learn and informally perform excerpts
of significant dances from 20th century repertory including Doris
Humphrey’s “Courante” from Partita, Paul Taylor’s Aureole, and Yvonne
Rainer’s “Chair Pillow Dance” from Continuous Project Altered Daily.
Goals: Students will embody 20th century dance works. Student will
demonstrate and be able to describe the differing styles and aesthetics
of the choreographers. Students will refine their ability to “pick up” and
accurately perform sequences of movement.
Workshop Instructor: Elizabeth McPherson, associate professor at
Montclair State University, received her BFA from Juilliard, an MA from
The City College of New York, and a PhD from New York University.
She has staged numerous works from Labanotation including excerpts
from Anna Sokolow’s Rooms. Antony Tudor’s Continuo, and Charles
Weidman’s Lynchtown.
Workshop Times: June 1: 9:00-10:00, 11:30-12:30
Building: Gateway (#101) Room: 5th Floor

Hip Hop Dancing
Class will explore phrases that mix and synthesize elements of hip hop
dancing (breaking, house, and other footwork styles) with Capoeira and
contemporary modern dance. By the culmination of the workshop,
participants will be able to perform a fusion phrase excerpted from the
repertory of the Doug Elkins Dance Company. Please wear kneepads
for floorwork.
Workshop Instructor: Doug Elkins is a former break dancer and
internationally renowned contemporary choreographer. He is a two-time
BESSIE Awardee and a Guggenheim Fellow.
Workshop Times: June 3: 9:00-10:00, 10:15-11:15, 12:45-1:45
Building: Gateway Building (#101) 5th floor

Musical Theatre / Theatre
Audition Techniques
The interactive session will provide tips and best practices to prepare
students for selecting an appropriate college program and how to give
the best audition possible. This session will focus on acting exercises
and scenarios that can help build improvisational performance skills.
Workshop Instructor: Dr. Elisabeth Hostetter - Chair and a full-time
Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Rowan University.
She regularly directs mainstage productions and professionally performs
as an actress in the Philly area.
Workshop Times: June 1: 9:00-10:00, 10:15-11:15, 12:45-1:45
June 2: 9;00-10:00, 10:15-11:15
Building: Grunin Art Center (#12) Room: A222
Experiential Acting
This is a hands on experiential workshop. Teaching actors the value of
listening on stage through the “repetition” exercise. It helps young
actors to become more impulsive without thought, focusing more on
Workshop Instructor: Curt Whipple is a member of S.A.G. AFTRA and
AEA . He has trained at the Neighborhood Playhouse, and worked as
an actor in N.Y.C. for 15 years appearing on Another World, and worked
with the New American Theater company. He has taught Meisner at
University of the Arts Walnut Street Theater, and Rowan University.
Workshop Times: June 3: 9:00-10:00, 11:30-12:30, 12:45-1:45
Building: Grunin Art Center (#12) Room: A203

Musical Theatre
Provides students the opportunity to hone the necessary skills to perform in
a musical. Blocking, vocal techniques and choreography are included.
Workshop Teacher: Dr. Beth Brierley- Associate Professor at Ocean
County College. With over 40 years of performance experience, she has
performed throughout US & Europe. B.A.- Rutgers University, M.A. Montclair State University, & Doctorate - Drew University.
Workshop Times: June 3: 10:15-11:15
Building: Grunin Art Center (#12) Room: A 203
June 3: 11:30 –12:30
Building: Health & Human Performance Center (#29) Room: 131

Performance Art
We will teach newbies to juggle and hope to refine the skills of those who
know the basics.
Workshop Teachers: Ron and Sue Schopperth are former educators who
have done juggling workshops at the Sussex County Teen Arts Festival for
many years.
Workshop Times: June 1: 9:00-10:00, 11:30-12:30, 12:45-1:45
Building: Grunin Art Center (#11) Room: First Floor Courtyard

Visual Arts
Wire Jewelry Making
Learn how to create different textures and shapes with the Art of Wire.
A simple item becomes beautifully complex.
Workshop Teacher: Chantale Escobar- Jewelry designer who specializes in
repurposing vintage jewelry combined with various wire-wrapping techniques
to create eccentric, one-of-a-kind works of wearable art
Workshop Times: June 2: 9:00-10:00, 10:15-11:15
Building: Grunin Art Center (#11) Room: B127
Basket Making
Students will learn basic basket making by making a round reed basket
using multicolored reed. Baskets will be finished with a braided or looped
Workshop Teacher: Elisa Kessler Caporale has been making baskets for
over 30 years. She has won many awards for her sculptural freestanding
and wall piece creations. She lectures and teaches throughout the tri-state.
Workshop Times: June 1: 10:15-11:15, 11:30-12:30
Building: Grunin Art Center (#12) Room: Upstairs Gallery

Chinese Brushstrokes
In this workshop, we will learn how to hold & manipulate the Sumi brushes.
We will see how the subtle pressure of each brushstroke can produce
different results. Students will learn how to mix water with pigment, & the
results that can be produced from different ratios. We will paint shapes &
forms from set up still life and look at painted images of this style.
Workshop Teacher: Joanne M. Mazzeo - As proprietor of JMMDesign,
Joanne M. Mazzeo offers services as a design consultant, certified
antiques appraiser, decorative artist & master gardener. Her work has
been commissioned for many private residences throughout the US,
ranging from Manhattan townhouses to country farmhouses. She earned a
BFA from School of Visual Arts, NY, 1977. She has done post-graduate
studies in photography at Pratt Institute; has studied Decorative Arts at
NYU & is a USPAP Certified Appraiser. She is also a Certified Master
Gardener, Rutgers Extension Service, NJ. Her studies in fine & decorative
art have included extensive travel & participation in painting workshops in
Italy, Spain, & France. Her photographs have been exhibited in NY,
Tokyo, Buenos Aires & NJ. She has worked as a jewelry designer &
curator of art exhibits for NJ Blood Services at donor sites in New
Brunswick & Scotch Plains; served on the advisory board of Friends of
Teen Arts, NJ & serves the program as an adjudicator of visual art &
painting instructor. She has taught visual arts to students of all ages.
Workshop Times: June 3: 10:15-11:15, 11:30-12:30, 12:45-1:45
Building: Grunin Art Center (#11) Room: B126
Working With Acrylics
Join artist, materials expert, & gifted teacher Tony Zatzick for a workshop
that will get you all fired up about Acrylics. Whether you are new to acrylic
painting or just want to gain a better understanding of the technical aspects
of the paint, gels & mediums, this is the class for you. You will have the
opportunity explore a full range of materials in this hands-on workshop,
guided by a professional artist. You’ll learn about: polymers, paints,
pigments, mediums, color mixing, glazing, mixed media techniques, &
much more. Open up new worlds of possibility in your work with greater
understanding of your materials. You won’t want to miss this chance to
take your work to the next level & have a great time doing it!
Workshop Teacher: Originally from California, Tony Zatzick has lived,
worked and exhibited in both Europe and the Americas. His work has
been selected for exhibition by many well-known artists and critics
including Irving Sandler, William Bailey, Graham Nickson.
Workshop Times: June 1: 9:00-10:00, 10:15-11:15, 12:45-1:45,
June 2: 9:00-10:00, 10:15-11:15, 12:45-1:45,
June 3: 9:00-10:00, 10:15-11:15, 12:45-1:45
Building: Grunin Art Center (#11) Room: B128


#iThinkOutsideMyBox™ is an interactive global community studio and
gallery that encourages self-expression by engaging the public in public
art℠. Currently we hold over 20,000 paintings from 100+ countries.
Workshop Teacher: David Everitt-Carlson is an award winning career
Creative Director who currently directs #iThinkOutsideMyBox™, the world’s
largest collection of publicly hand painted art.
Workshop Times: June 1: 9:00-10:00, 11:30-12:30, 12:45-1:45,
June 2: 9:00-10:00, 11:30-12:30, 12:45-1:45,
June 3: 9:00-10:00, 11:30-12:30, 12:45-1:45
Building: Outside Mall
Woven Fish
In this hands-on project students use their hands as the tool to weave their
fish. Offering different size material to show how the size of the fish
changes by changing the size of the material, also how that changes how
you use your hands.
Workshop Teacher: Mary May is a basket maker who researches
traditional NJ Baskets & a Teaching Artist recognized by the NJ Council on
the Arts. She travels throughout New Jersey sharing NJ Basket history by
lectures, demonstrations & teaching classes to everyone ages 10 & up.
Workshop Times: June 2: 9:00-10:00, 11:30-12:30
Building: Grunin Art Center (#11) Room: B122
Students will create a kinetic sculpture with repurposed metal hardware,
found objects, and wire. The components are placed so that they
deliberately move against one another, creating a variety of sounds.
Workshop Teacher: Cassandra Demski is the Curator of Education at
Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ, where she oversees museum
programming. A believer that the arts are powerful community building
tools, Cassandra plays a key role in the organization’s community outreach.
After attending The College of New Jersey, she earned a Museum
Professions MA from Seton Hall University.
Workshop Times: June 2: 10:15-11:15, 11:30-12:30, 12:45-1:45
Building: Grunin Art Center (#11) Room: B115

Mosaic Glass Art
A scene or design made by adhering small pieces of glass to a substrate.
Each student will take home a framed mosaic.
Workshop Teacher: Yvonne Yaar- manipulates glass with a torch, a kiln or
a grinder. Her work is internationally owned. She is also an art advocate,
instructor and curator for Engage Toms River (the Jay & Linda Grunin
Workshop Times: June 2: 11:30-12:30, 12:45-1:45
Building: Grunin Art Center (#11) Room: B122

Careers In The Arts
How to Break Into the Business
Getting a degree in production is just the beginning. Finding a job in the
business is tough without a connection. Learn how to make those
Workshop Teacher: Bill Mackanic- Got started in a film club in 6th grade.
Graduated film school and worked for 15 years in network T.V. Now he
owns his own production company and studio
Workshop Times: June 3: 9:00-10:00, 11:30-12:30
Building: Grunin Art Center (#12) Room: A223

We wish to thank our
for making the

NJ State
Teen Arts Festival

Creative Writing
Amanda Richardson has been writing since she could hold a pen. She has
been teaching a variety of writing classes at colleges throughout New Jersey for
12 years, & is currently teaching writing at Stockton University. She has also
been teaching Creative Writing for Arts High School & Arts Middle School since
2011. She is a Learning Assistant in the Writing Center at Brookdale Community
College. Amanda has participated as both staff & writing student at the Murphy
Writing of Stockton University seminars since 2002. She has been published in
MARGIE/The American Journal of Poetry, won The Jeanette Gottlieb Award for
Poetry, & received an Honorable Mention for the R.J. Corradino Prize for Love
Poetry. She earned her BS in Marine Science with a Minor in Writing from
Stockton University & her MFA in Creative Writing: Poetry from Sarah Lawrence
College. She loves all genres of writing, & is currently working on her own
memoir. She has yet to write anything good about her time at sea.
Randy James—Founding Artistic Director of 10 Hairy Legs, significantly
impacted the field of dance for more than 3 decades locally, regionally, nationally
& internationally as a highly regarded dancer, choreographer, teacher, guest
lecturer, panelist & staunch advocate of the arts. In 2010 The Geraldine R.
Dodge Foundation cited him as “The Patron Saint of New Jersey dance.” As a
choreographer, he has created more than 40 works on his own companies & on
16 other professional companies throughout the US, garnering positive reviews
from NY Times & Village Voice. The NJ State Council on the Arts/Dept of State
honored him 3 times w/Choreography Fellowships in 1995, 2002 & 2014 in
recognition of his artistic excellence & named him "Distinguished Teaching
Artist." Associate Professor of Dance, member of the dance faculty at Mason
Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, since 1998.
Dr. Dale Schmid is Visual & Performing Arts Coordinator for the NJ State
Department of Education; since 1999. As one of 45 state arts education
directors, he helps shape state & national standards-based arts education policy.
He is also charged with oversight & reauthorization of the NJ Core Curriculum
Content Standards in the Visual & Performing Arts, & other special state
supported curriculum projects such as the model curriculum & assessment
project. Additionally, he provides professional development & technical
assistance to teachers, administrators, & service providers’ - supporting New
Jersey’s 676 independently operated school districts. Moreover, he innovates &
supports model programs & systems of assessment for learning that foster arts
literacy & expand opportunities for learning in the visual & performing arts for
New Jersey’s 1.4 million students. Throughout the course of his tenure at the
Department, Dr. Schmid has held numerous state & national leadership
positions. Currently, a member of the executive committee for State Education
Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) & member of National Coalition
for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) leadership team. He serves on governance
board & steering committees of NJ Arts Education Partnership. Some of his
previous leadership experience includes serving as an executive steering

committee member of National Arts Education Partnership (a national coalition of
arts, education, business, philanthropic & government organizations), States
Collaborative on Assessment & Student Standards (SCASS)/Arts Education
Consortium (operated under the aegis of the Council for Chief State School
Officers), & NJN Public Broadcasting Authority. Additionally, was a member of
teams that developed NCCAS National Arts Standards; NDEO’s Standards for a
K-12 Model Program: Opportunities to Learn in Dance Arts Education (2005);
Professional Teaching Standards for Dance Arts (2005, 2011); & Standards for
Learning & Teaching Dance in the Arts: Ages 5-18. A Past-President of National
Dance Education Organization (NDEO), Dr. Schmid was also project coordinator
overseeing the development & psychometric evaluation of Dance Entry Level
Teacher Assessment (DELTA) project for NDEO; a national entry-level teacher
readiness examination for K-12 public school dance educators. The first
instrument of its kind, DELTA represents a major step toward reaching national
consensus on the pedagogic content knowledge necessary to the success of
beginning teachers. Prior to his employment at NJDOE, Dr. Schmid taught
dance & theatre at high school & collegiate levels, & spent many years on the
regional & national touring circuit as a dancer, actor, choreographer, director &
teaching artist. He is also an aspiring jazz percussionist. Dale earned his
Doctorate in Educational & Organizational Leadership from University of
Pennsylvania, & holds a M.Ed. in dance from Temple University as well
undergraduate degrees in Speech & Theatre, & Health & Physical Education
from Bemidji State University.

Puerto Rican guitarist Ana María Rosado has concertized extensively in the
United States, Latin America and the Far East. As an Artistic Ambassador for the
USIA for the 1995 season, Ana María toured eight Latin American countries
including Mexico and Argentina. Her solo recordings, a debut CD released on
the Albany Records label, We’ve got (poly)rhythm, and an independently
produced CD, Salsa and other beats… both focus on new music from Latin
American composers. Her most recent performances have taken her to Cuba,
Haiti and Nepal. Dr. Rosado is an Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator
of Guitar studies at New Jersey City University. www.anamariarosado.com.

Instrumental Music
Dr. Anthony D.J. Branker holds an endowed chair in jazz studies & serves as
founding director of the Program in Jazz Studies, director of university jazz
ensembles program, & associate director of Program in Musical Performance at
Princeton University, where he has taught for 27 years. While at Princeton, he
directed an extensive list of ensembles & has taught courses in jazz theory
through improvisation & composition, jazz performance practice in historical &
cultural context, jazz composition, the evolution of jazz styles, & the improvising
ensemble. He has also served as a US Fulbright Scholar & visiting professor at
the Estonian Academy of Music & Theatre in Tallinn, Estonia; been a member of
the faculty at the Manhattan School of Music, Rutgers University Mason Gross
School of the Arts, Hunter College of City University of NY, Ursinus College, &
NJ Summer Arts Institute. As a conductor, Dr. Branker has worked with such
artists as Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Slide Hampton, Jimmy Heath, Jon Faddis,

Conrad Herwig, Oliver Lake, Frank Foster, Benny Carter, Ted Curson, Stanley
Jordan, Bobby Watson, Terence Blanchard, Bob Mintzer, Ralph Peterson, Steve
Nelson, Antonio Hart, Bryan Carrott, & Mark Gross. He has conducted trumpeter
Terence Blanchard’s Grammy Award-Winning score for A Tale of God’s Will (A
Requiem for Katrina) featuring Mr. Blanchard & His Quintet along with orchestra,
& has guest conducted the Princeton University Orchestra, Sinfonia, Chapel
Choir, and Glee Club; Jugend Sinfonie Orchester (Bremen, Germany); Israel’s
Kiryat Ono Symphonic Youth Band; and Japan’s Fukui Junior Orchestra. In
addition, he has collaborated with the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra and conductors
Wycliffe Gordon, Loren Schoenberg, and Cecil Bridgewater on joint big band
performances of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s The Far East Suite and
Ellington’s The New Orleans Suite at McCarter Theatre in Princeton. Recently, Dr.
Branker conducted Pulitzer Prize Winning Composer Wynton Marsalis’
Abyssinian 200 – A Gospel Celebration for choir and big band. As a composer,
Dr. Branker has recorded for Origin Records and Sons of Sound Records and has
eight releases in his fast growing and musically rich discography. They include
Beauty Within (Origin, forthcoming 2016), The Forward (Towards Equality) Suite
(Origin, 2014), Uppity (Origin, 2013), Together (Origin, 2012), Dialogic (Origin,
2011), Dance Music (Origin, 2010), Blessings (Origin, 2009), and Spirit Songs
(Sons of Sound, 2006). Recently, he was named in Down Beat magazine’s 63rd &
62nd Annual Critics Poll as a “Rising Star Composer” (2015 & 2014). Dr. Branker
directs 3 jazz collectives for his recording projects that include Imagine, Word
Play, & Ascent, which have featured Fabian Almazan, Linda Oh, Rudy Royston,
Ralph Bowen, Pete McCann, David Binney, Conrad Herwig, Jim Ridl, Kenny
Davis, Donald Edwards, Renato Thoms, Alison Crockett, Mark Gross, Tia Fuller,
Steve Wilson, Antonio Hart, Clifford Adams, Andy Hunter, Eli Asher, Jonny King,
Bryan Carrott, John Benitez, Belden Bullock, Adam Cruz, Ralph Peterson Jr.,
Wilby Fletcher, Kadri Voorand, and Freddie Bryant. Anthony D.J. Branker holds
the degrees of Doctor of Education and Master of Education from Columbia
University, Teachers College; Master of Music in Jazz Pedagogy from the
University of Miami; and a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Certificate in African
American Studies from Princeton University.

Radam Schwartz --Noted jazz performer, staple on the NY/NJ/Philly jazz scene.
Arranger, composer, organist, pianist. Last 5 CDs on national charts( high as #9).
Many other recording credits. CD in 1995 was named in B3 Organ Bible as an
essential organ record of all time. Performed throughout US & Europe. Played on
over 40 recordings. Educator at Jazz House Kids & the former Jazz Institute of NJ
(music director), Jazz Connections, Middlesex County Arts HS. Mentioned in the
2009 Downbeats Critics Poll. Received Sesac award for Jazz Composition in both
2008 and 2009.Masters in Jazz History and Theory from Rutgers Newark,
Recipient of the Morroe Berger -Benny Carter grant. Worked with David Fathead
Newman, Arthur Prysock, Al Hibbler, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Cecil Brooks III, and
many others. Mentioned in 2009 and 2015 Downbeats Critics Poll.
Musical Theatre
Ron Sharpe- Executive Producer of the Broadway musical A Tale of Two Cities,
and A Catered Affair. Performed on Broadway as Jean Valjean & Marius in Les
Miserables and in the original Broadway musicals of The Scarlet Pimpernel, The
Civil War, & Disney’s King David; numerous TV appearances and concert

performances around the world. Education: Comprehensive Music Education
Degree, U of Illinois; member of AEA, AFTRA, The Broadway League of
American Theatrical Producers.

Carolyn Soltys-Herbert is a published painter and award-winning
photographer, with over 25 years’ experience in the arts education & creative
settings. She resides in Wall Twp., & graduated from Kean University with a
BFA, cum laude, specializing in Visual Communications. Her art is
represented by choice galleries, & she has had several solo & group shows.
Carolyn is employed as a painting & photography instructor at Union County
College, Cranford, NJ. She also teaches several fine arts courses through the
Senior Scholar program at UCC. Besides teaching, Carolyn freelances in
graphic design & special event photography. Through her art, she hopes to
inspire others to see the extraordinary in the ordinary, & to find beauty in their
natural surroundings.
Poetry / Prose
A Geraldine R, Dodge Foundation Poet in the Schools, Charles H. Johnson
also is the poetry instructor for the Arts & Education Center in Middlesex and
Monmouth counties, NJ, as well as a visiting poet for the Paterson, NJ, school
district. A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, he was a 2013 second-place
winner of the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards for his poem "Sunday Comics"
and the 2011 County College Morris New Jersey Poets Prize winner for his
poem "Leaving." His third collection "Smoke Signals" won a 2010 Paterson
Poetry Prize for Literary Excellence for previous finalists of that contest. His
chapbook "A Poet's Dozen" has been selected for e-book publication by
Warthog Press. Web site: www.charleshjohnsonpoet.net

Carlyle Owens has appeared onstage at McCarter Theatre Center,
Shakespeare & Company, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Cleveland Play
House, & Monomoy Theater, among others. His work in NYC includes being
an ensemble member of Peculiar Works Project, The Otterbein Group, &
About Face Theater, as well as appearances in a number of off-off Broadway
productions. He also worked as a visiting artist in numerous high schools in
NYC & NJ. The directors he worked with include Gerald Freeman, Tina
Packer, John Hadden, Barry Rowell, Robert Lanchester, Edward Cornell &
David Hurst. Carlyle teaches Theatre History for the International Performance
Ensemble program at Pace University, as well as Acting II for Arts & Education
Center’s Middlesex County Arts High School. He has taught theater history,
acting, voice, auditioning, juggling & mask work during his time as a member
of the resident acting company at the Cleveland Play House, the About Face
Theater, the Laurel School, Middlesex County Arts High School, Ocean
County Arts High School & Ohio University. He is a founding member of
Raconteur Radio, performing staged radio plays throughout NJ & NYC.

Vocal Music
Josephine Nagle—Concert, operatic, recital soloist in NY, NJ & PA. Lyric
Soprano. Retired HS Choral Director & coordinator of Fine & Performing Arts
Highland Park School District. Musical Director/Conductor for a wide variety of
HS & Community Musicals. Board member of Trenton Community Music
School, Adj. Prof. at Brookdale CC. Private Vocal Teacher. Education: MM,
Voice Performance & Pedagogy, Westminster Choir College, BA, Music Ed,
Penn State Univ.
Allan Robinson—Faculty of Middlesex County College (Music Department)
teaching music theory, music history, and keyboard studies. Organist and
choirmaster for religious organizations in Red Bank (Trinity Episcopal Church)
and Livingston, NJ (Temple Emanu-El of West Essex). Teaching Artist in
Vocal Music and Musical Theater, Arts in Education Center of NJ (for
Middlesex and Monmouth Counties) - Education: B.Mus., Westminster Choir
College, Princeton, NJ; M.Mus., Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of
the Arts; D.M.A. Boston University, College of Fine Arts.
P.J. Bracco, Owner and Executive Director of Red Hook Films® holds a BFA
in acting from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts. Bracco began his
career directing and producing on the Off-Broadway scene back in the mid
nineties. Launching his production company in 1997 with the award winning
feature film “The Court”, he has since maintained a career on the fringes of the
independent scene, producing films, music videos and commercials.
Currently in development with several new projects, P.J. continues to pursue,
as well as create new opportunities in motion pictures through his company
Red Hook Films®, in conjunction with bringing that experience and knowledge
to the classroom. Each project P.J. creates is approached with a focus on
clear and engaging stories, as well as exploring various styles and techniques
to achieve cinematic excellence, while delivering on time and on budget.
More information about Bracco and his company can be found at
Visual Arts
David Ambrose-Painter w/studios in NY & NJ. Exhibits work with Margaret
Thatcher Projects, NY, Amy Simon Fine Art, Westport, CT, Marcia Wood
Gallery, Atlanta, GA & Pentimenti Gallery, Phila, PA. Mid Career
Retrospective, NJ State Museum, Trenton, NJ 2016. Received 2 fellowships
from NJ State Council on the Arts, including a Distinguished Artist Fellowship.
Adjunct Professor of Drawing - Parsons the New School for Design. Adjunct
Instructor - Fashion Institute of Technology, Visiting Artist - Pratt Institute.
Education: MFA, Univ of Pennsylvania.; BFA, Muhlenberg College.
David Dziemian-Visual Arts (AHS) Painter. Exhibiting nationwide. Painting
Fellowship NJS Council on the Arts 2006. Education: MFA, Painting &
Drawing, Montclair State U; BA Studio Arts, Stockton College NJ