Our choir is composed of the area's greatest educators, performers, and artists.
We are fortunate to have both talented and dedicated professionals in our organization.
Meet them here!
Christopher Nappa is a recent graduate from Westminster Choir College where he acquired both his Bachelor of Music and Master in Arts of Teaching. He is excited to be working with the Glassbrook Choir again. During his college years, he frequently toured both America and Europe as a member of Westminster Kantorei and Westminster Williamson Voices. He can also be heard on several recordings including: Hole in the Sky, Carolae, Lumina, and most recently as a soloist in Silence into Light. Other choral solo opportunities that Chris has performed are Hohepriester 1 in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion under the direction of Yannick Nézet-Séguin at the Kimmel Center, and the tenor soloist in Rachmaninoff’s Vespers. He looks forward to his future engagements in June and July, working with the Princeton Festival once again as a member of their Baroque Chorus and as a chorus member in their production of Madama Butterfly.
Jessica Kerler is a recent graduate of Westminster Choir College, where she received her Bachelor's degree in Voice Performance. Most recently, Jessica was a Young Artist for the Ad Astra Music Festival, where she was seen in performances of Handel's Jephtha and as a soloist in Duruflé's Requiem. She is a avid performer, with credits including Falstaff (Dame Quickly), Cendrillon (Armelinde), and The Medium (Madame Flora). During her education, she was a member of the prestigious Westminster Choir. Through this ensemble, she performed at the Spoleto Festival USA for three seasons. Jessica is a member of the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir, and was seen this season in productions of Carmina Burana and Handel's Messiah. She will perform Mahler's 3rd Symphony in May.
Alexa Agourides is a recent graduate of Westminster Choir College ('17, '15) where she received her MM in Voice Performance & Pedagogy and her BM in Voice Performance. She recently performed the role of Suor Genovieffa in Puccini's Suor Angelica at Westminster and was a member of the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir for its debut performance, Carmina Burana. Upcoming performances include Mahler 3 with the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir.
Kristin Hill, soprano, comes to you from Dallas, Texas! She graduated in May 2016 from Westminster Choir College with a degree in Music Education. While at Westminster, Kristin was a member of the Westminster Choir. Through that ensemble, she went on three tours around the US and participated in two seasons at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. Kristin is currently the admissions counselor for the School of Fine and Performing Arts of Westminster College of the Arts. She is very excited to join the Glassbrook Ensemble in their first season
Bess Anne Ploener is a music teacher in the Lawrence Township Public School system in Lawrenceville, NJ. She teaches strings, general music and chorus to fourth through sixth graders. She is also a teaching artist with the McCarter theatre in Princeton, NJ. There she creates and implements curriculum in storytelling, musical theater and playmaking for students ranging from first grade to high school. She has performed with the Westminster Symphonic Choir at the Kimmel Center and Carnegie Hall, as well as with the Westminster Williamson Voices at the Alice Tully Hall in New York City and in Oxford, England. Ms. Ploener still actively sings with her church choir in Bedminster, NJ as well as additional choirs in the area. She is thrilled to be joining the Glassbrook Vocal Ensemble in their inaugural season.
Cortlandt is currently a composer, conductor, and choral musician based in Philadelphia, PA. His music has been performed by The Crossing at the Big Sky Choral Initiative, The Same Stream on The Same Stream: The Inaugural Recordings, and by choirs collegiate, community, and church in the US, UK, and New Zealand. He holds an M.A. in Classical Composition from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. He studied composition with Jeff Nichols and Bruce Saylor, and sat on the executive board of the Queens College New Music Ensemble. He also earned a B.M. in Sacred Music at Westminster Choir College, studying voice with Thomas Faracco, conducting with Steven Pilkington, and composition with Christian Carey. In addition to writing, singing, and other sundry musicking, Cortlandt enjoys long walks on the beach (often unironically), contemporary American sequential art, and writing in the third person.
Kyle Blackburn, tenor, is a current fifth year student in the Bachelor in Music Education/Masters of Art in Teaching degree program at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. During his time at Westminster, he has performed with both the Westminster Symphonic Choir and Westminster Kantorei, providing opportunities to sing at Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, and Verizon Hall, along with orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Kyle is currently a section leader at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Maplewood, NJ, and is excited to be joining the Glassbrook Vocal Ensemble this season.
Phil LeFevre is a pianist and teacher that is about to finish a degree in Piano Performance from Westminster Choir College where he is a student of Dr. James Goldsworthy. During his studies at Westminster, he received the Arthur Judson Scholarship for outstanding undergraduate pianist and performed with numerous student ensembles and chamber groups. As a member of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, Phil has performed masterworks with ensembles such as the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic and worked with renown conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, and Charles Dutiot. Currently, Phil serves as Music Director for Sergeantsville United Methodist Church and Staff Accompanist for Montlair Kimberley Academy. He remains active as a pianist chamber musician.
Jessica Moreno is a Philadelphia based Soprano originally from Long Island, NY. Jessica is a recent graduate of Westminster Choir College of Rider University earning her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance. With her interest in contemporary art song, she had the privilege of premiering the up and coming Philadelphia based composer, Cortlandt Matthews’ Nocturnes. While attending W.C.C, she participated in the Spoleto Festival U.S.A in Charleston, SC as a resident choir member. In this Festival, Jessica performed the first fully staged production of John Adams's El Niño. Because of Westminster Symphonic Choir, Jessica has performed major choral works with world renowned orchestras like the Philadelphia Orchestra, Berliner philharmoniker and the New York philharmonic. Jessica is preparing for auditions to pursue her Masters in Vocal Performance for the Fall of 2018.
Sergey Tkachenko is the Choral Director at Moorestown High School. In addition to choral directing, Sergey is a solo and collaborative pianist. Mr. Tkachenko is a graduate of Westminster Choir College, where he studied Music Education with a concentration in piano. His teachers included Lisa Grad, Lillian Livingston and James Goldsworthy. While at Westminster, Sergey was vocal coach and accompanist for several private voice studios. Sergey won first place at the WCC piano competition in 2013. He made his solo orchestral debut with the Westminster Community Orchestra in April of 2014. He was also Music Director of the Rho Kappa Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, and co-led Soulfege, an all-male collegiate a cappella group. Recent endeavors include singing in the bass section of the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir. In addition to coaching singers and choirs in Russian diction, Mr. Tkachenko is a rehearsal accompanist and church musician throughout the year.
Kelsey Rose is a conductor, composer, and educator based in Washington D.C. She holds Masters degrees in Teaching with an emphasis in Sacred Music and Christian Education and Formation. She also holds baccalaureate degrees with honors in both Music Education and Music Theory and Composition from Westminster Choir College. While studying at Westminster, Kelsey performed with the Westminster Symphonic Choir, making regular appearances at some of the nation’s top performing venues under the batons of several internationally acclaimed conductors and served as the director and founder of the college’s new music ensemble. She has served as an alto section leader for Trinity Episcopal Church since 2011, a Choral Scholar, Section Leader and Compline Choir Director for the Episcopal Church at Princeton, director of the boychoir at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, and an accompanist and cantor for churches in the Princeton area. Outside of her musical adventures, Kelsey works as a Realtor for Long and Foster, a Youth Ministry Coordinator, and leads community service projects.
Jessica Rose is a NJ/NY based performer. Having received her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Westminster Choir College, Jess can be heard on the GRAMMY®-Nominated Williamson Voice’s most recent recordings Hole in the Sky and as a soloist on Carolae. She has performed with the Westminster Symphonic Choir and orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra with Yannick Nézet-Seéguin, Berliner Philharmoniker with Sir Simon Rattle, and Vienna Philharmoniker with Daniele Gatti, and in locations such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Kimmel Center. Jess has performed internationally as a soloist in operatic, and musical theatre, and choral repertoire including locations in the United States, England, and Italy. Jess musical directs children’s theatre performances, teaches voice lessons, cantors and sings as the Soprano Intern at St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral in Metuchen, and works as a princess at Bella Princess LLC. This summer she will be recording her second album with The Same Stream Choir, a professional choir under the direction of Dr. James Jordan.
Neil is a baritone and collaborative pianist located in Princeton, NJ. He graduated Westminster summa cum laude with a BA in Music, studying voice with Elem Eley and piano with Akiko Hosaki. As part of his degree program, Neil sang roles in Westminster Opera Theatre and Opera workshop. During his senior year, he started accompanying voice primaries as a student accompanist and then went on to be an accompanist for the high school vocal institute during summer 2017. Currently, he is on staff as an accompanist at Westminster. He also teaches private voice and piano at the Allegra School of Music and Arts in Hillsborough. During the Fall of 2017, he was on staff at Rising Stars Voice Studio in Bordentown as a voice teacher and accompanist. As a vocal pedagogue, Neil has done research on the effects of straw phonation on vibrato rate in vocalists. He is very interested in vocal pedagogy and hopes to conduct more research in the future.
Tenor Daniel Myers is a recent masters of engineering graduate from Rutgers University who is excited to continue exploring his passion for music by joining the Glassbrook vocal ensemble this season! He is a current member of Princeton Pro Musica and sang with the Kirkpatrick Choir at Rutgers University for 6 years (highlights include the 2017 Lou Harrison Centennial Celebration at Trinity Wall Street and the 2016 ACDA Eastern Division Conference). He toured both Europe and South America during his undergrad with the Rooke Chapel Choir of Bucknell University.
Lucas DeJesus, bass-baritone, is a freelance classical singer based in Philadelphia, PA. He currently performs with the chorus of Opera Philadelphia, most recently appearing in Tancredi, Turandot, L'elisir d'amore, Cold Mountain, and Don Carlo. Lucas sings as a core member of Philadelphia's Mendelssohn Club, performing regularly at the Kimmel Center and greater Philadelphia area. As a member of the new Philadelphia Symphonic Choir, he has most recently performed in Haydn's The Seasons and Handel's Messiah with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Since its founding in 2015 Lucas has performed and recorded with The Same Stream Choir and can be heard on their Inaugural Recordings as well as their upcoming release, Songs of the Questioner. Previous engagements include performances with the Philadelphia Singers, who performed Wang Ning's Ode to Humanity at the 69th General Assembly of the United Nations in New York. He has performed with Opus One: Berks Chamber Choir (PA) as the bass soloist for Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri and Handel’s Lord Nelson Mass. Lucas cantors and serves as bass section leader at Our Mother of Consolation in Chestnut Hill, PA. This past fall, Lucas began teaching voice as a mentor of the new ArtSmart pilot program in Philadelphia at the Franklin Learning Center. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Westminster Choir College where he performed with the Grammy® nominated Westminster Williamson Voices, Westminster Kantorei, and Westminster Symphonic Choir.