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S: Westminster Choir College 2013

FC: Westminster Choir College of Rider University | Memory book

1: Westminster Choir College of Rider University 101 Walnut Lane Princeton, NJ 08540

5: Contents | History ...............................................................................................6 Dean & Mission Statement..............................................................8 Campus & Princeton..........................................................................10 The Graduates/Transfers....................................................................17 Freshman Year.....................................................................................22 Sophomore Year....................................................................................30 Junior Year.............................................................................................34 Senior Year..............................................................................................42 Elective Choirs & Opera........................................................................56 Student Life/Events...................................................................................70 Student Organizations...............................................................................82 Superlatives.................................................................................................96 A Word from the Editor............................................................................105 In Loving Memory of Julian Rodescu......................................................108 | Class of 2013

6: History of | In the belief that a choir of volunteer singers could be trained to perform on a professional level, John Finley Williamson established the Westminster Choir in 1920 at the Westminster Presbyterian Church of Dayton, Ohio. The national prominence achieved by this choir and Dr. Williamson’s conviction that churches could best be served by dedicated, professionally trained musicians led him to found Westminster Choir School at the Dayton church in 1926. Graduates of the original three-year program were called “ministers of music,” a term of reference recognized nationally today. In 1929 the college moved to Ithaca, N.Y., and became associated with what is now Ithaca College, where a four-year program leading to the Bachelor of Music degree was instituted. Relocated in Princeton, N.J., in 1932, it added a master’s program in 1934 and became known as Westminster Choir College in 1939. The move to Princeton was motivated by a desire to provide ready access to the great metropolitan centers and orchestras of the eastern seaboard. Since then the Westminster Symphonic Choir has performed hundreds of times and made many recordings with the principal orchestras of New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Pittsburgh, Boston, and Atlanta. Conductors of the choir have included Bernstein, Ormandy, Steinberg, Stokowski, Toscanini and Walter, and such contemporary figures as Chailly, Leinsdorf, Levine, Macal, Masur, Muti, Ozawa, Sawallisch, Shaw, and Wolff. The choir has also received numerous invitations over the years to sing with such touring orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw, and the Vienna Philharmonic when these orchestras have come to perform in New York and Philadelphia

7: Westminster | The institution has expanded in more recent decades by adding programs in music education, performance, composition, music theater, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree. Westminster Choir College merged with Rider University in 1992. In 2007 Rider University established the Westminster College of the Arts, integrating Westminster Choir College and the School of Fine and Performing Arts, offering programs on Rider’s campuses in Princeton and Lawrenceville. | Dr. Williamson, Founder | Dr. Williamson and the Westminster Choir at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Dayton, Ohio. | Leonard Bernstein conducts the Westminster Symphonic Choir and the New York Philharmonic performing Mahler's Symphony No. 2 - 1987. Soloists: Christa Ludwig, mezzo- soprano Barbara Hendricks, soprano

8: Our continuing education program enriches the professional lives of musicians through seminars and workshops held on our campus throughout the year. Westminster Conservatory, our community music school, offers a wide array of lessons and ensembles for people of all ages and stages of ability at five locations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. We take pride in Westminster's rich history and the impact that our alumni have had on our cultural life of our nation and - indeed - the world. In fact, the great composer and conductor, Leonard Bernstein once remarked after a performance with one of our choirs, "Westminster Choir College provides a great measure of beauty to a world that needs it badly." I hope you'll continue to visit us on the Web. Please join us on campus, at a performance or exhibit -or through a podcast or a recording -to experience first-hand the many facets of Westminster College of the Arts , where the arts surround your life. Robert L. Annis Dean and Director | Dear Friends, If the arts are apart of your life----as a student, or professional, or an arts lover----Westminster College of the Arts is the place for you. Through its two divisions - Westminster Choir College and the School of Fine and Performing Arts----Westminster integrates the rich and diverse arts programs on Rider University's campuses in Lawrenceville and Princeton. A college with a distinguished history, Westminster Choir College prepares musicians for careers as music leaders in schools, in churches, on stage, and in communities around the world. The School of Fine and Performing Arts nurtures and challenges the artist within all students and prepare them to contribute to an ever-changing global society.

9: Mission & Vision | Westminster Choir College is a professional college of music with a unique choral emphasis that prepares undergraduate and graduate students for careers in performance, teaching, sacred music, and composition. In an atmosphere that encourages personal and musical growth and nurtures leadership qualities, Westminster Choir College complements professional training in music with studies in the liberal arts. Founded for Christian service, Westminster Choir College was a pioneer in establishing the highest standards in choral performance and church music. Today, the curriculum teaches pluralism and holds service through music to be ennobling, liberating, and integral to a rewarding and productive life.

10: Quadrangle | Bristol Chapel | wILLIAMSON hALL | tAYLOR hALL | eRDMAN hALL | sCHEIDE sTUDENT cENTER

11: tALBOTT lIBRARY | The pLAYHOUSE | gAZEBO | The Campus | Dayton, Ithaca, & Princeton halls | S E A B R O O K H A L L

12: Princeton

13: N.J.

14: Choirs | Chapel Choir | Schola Cantorum | Symphonic Choir

15: Westminster Choir | Elective Choirs | Williamson Voices | Jubilee Singers | Kantorei | Bell Choir

16: Convocation

17: Stephen Bythrow | Lauren Cho | Bretta Cline | Hayley Collins | Lauren Delfing | *Jacquelyn DiMarco | AmberRose Dische | Katrina Dubbs | Arielle Eagan | Corey Everly | Matthew Gutwald | Rebekah Hamilton | Michelle Handy | *Rebecca Hoare | Jasmine Jones | Elizabeth Fildes | Rachel Flores | Elizabeth Folger | *Elizabeth Frasciello | Patrick Freund | Matthew Astone | Kathleen Austin | Ian Barr | Nancy Brandler | Kaitlin Borden | * Bachelors of Music in Music Education: Master of Arts in Teaching

18: Hannah Larson | Thomas LaVoy | Samantha Lax | *Stephanie Londoño Alvarado | Rachael Lipson | Nikita Mamedov | Maya Mapuana | Brittany McCollum | Matteo Neri | Katerina Nowik | Chloe Ribeiro | William Roslak | Holly Scovell | Michael Smith | *Jordan Stebich | * Margaret O'Neil | Juan Ortiz | Shari Perman | Bridget Phillips | *Mark Raimondi | Renata Kapilevich | Jurae Kim | Hannah King | Kristian Kohler | Sarah Mae Lagasca

19: *Josi Suslov | Joshua Wanger | Emily Warunek | Cherisse Williams | Cherissia Williams | Jessica Williams | John Wilson | Ryan Wilson | Joshua Stell | James Stirling | Hannah Strong | Orin Strunk | Jocelyn Su | *Michael Zubert | Only the STRONG survive

20: Matthew Davis | Roger Erickson | Paul Esposito | Rachel Faust | William Flenders | Aislyn Gentile | Natasha Gonzalez | Holly Gordon | Steven Hyder | Kenneth Johnson | Helen-Thea Marcus | Ezra Morris | Brianna Moses | Kristian Novelli | Alan Kasmer | Heather Kopp | Carrie Lamberson | Benjamin Lee | Rachel Gibson Lonetti | Candace Allen | John Marcus Bland | Rebecca Brand | Mitchel Burke | Hannah Colelli | Our Friends who have left | Richard Lindsey

21: Kathrine Orlando | Alyssa Rivera | Steven Sloan | Gabrielle Stember-Young | Ruby Teegarden | Kristine Telepchak | Taniya Udugampola | Justin Ortiz | Taylor Plakoris | Joshua Quigley | Shannon Reed | Robert Risch | along the way...

22: Freshman Year

24: Lip Sync

26: Chapel Choir | Conductors: Sun Min Lee & Dr. Ronnie Oliver GA: Isaac Brody

27: Concerts | Carnegie Hall | Spring Concert

30: Sophomore Year

33: Schola Cantorum Concerts & Tour | Conductor: Dr. James Jordan GA's: Zerrin Agabigum & Richard Hutton

34: Junior Year

36: Concert Under the Stars | Andrea Bocelli & The New York Philharmonic | Conducted by: Alan Gilbert Guests: Celine Dion Bryn Terfel Tony Bennett Pretty Yende Anna Maria Martinez Chris Botti, Andrea Griminelli, & Nicola Benedetti Location: Central Park

38: Symphonic Choir Concerts & Run-outs | Conductors: Dr. Joe Miller & Dr. Amanda Quist | Brahms Requiem with Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin & The Philadelphia Orchestra | Kimmel Center | Soloists: Dorothea Roschmann, soprano Matthias Goerne, baritone | ..

39: Mahler Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection” with Sir Simon Rattle & Berliner Philharmoniker | Soloists: Camilla Tilling, soprano Bernarda Fink, mezzo-soprano

40: Handel's Messiah with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center | Soloists: Ute Selbig, soprano Natalie Stutzmann, contralto Steve Davislim, tenor Peter Rose, bass

41: Performing under the direction of Amanda Quist, the women of the Westminster Symphonic Choir premiered Ola Gjeilo's Song of the Universal. The concert also included arrangements for women's voices of Miserere by Baldassare Galuppi and Tryptich by Tarik O’Regan.

42: S | Senior Year

44: More Symphonic... | Verdi Requiem with the Philadelphia Orchestra & Yannick Nézet-Séguin. | Soloists: Marina Poplavskaya & Angela Meade, soprano Christine Rice, mezzo-soprano Rolando Villazón, tenor Mikhail Petrenko, bass

45: Berg: Wozzeck with Philharmonia Orchestra & Esa-Pekka Salonen at Avery Fischer Hall | Villa-Lobos’s Choros No. 10 and Estevez's Cantata Criolla with Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela & Gustavo Dudamel at Carnegie Hall | Soloists: Aquiles Machado, tenor Gaspar Colón, baritone | ^

46: Westminster Choir | Conducted by Dr. Joe Miller

47: Tours & Spoletto Festival USA

48: Williamson | Conducted by Theee James Jordan

49: Voices

50: Jubilee Singers | Conducted by Professor Donald Dumpson from 1993-2011

51: Jubilee is now conducted by Professor Taione Martinez

52: Kantorei | Music Theater Ensemble | Run by: Nova Thomas & Cris Frisco | Conducted by: Dr. Andrew Megill & Dr. Amanda Quist

53: Westminster Concert Handbell Choir Past & Present Kathleen Ebling Shaw, Director

54: Opera Theater | Conducted by Maestro William Hobbs | Mozart: The Magic Flute | This took place in December of 2011 at Princeton H.S. Our opera productions take place at the high school every Fall semester.

55: Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream

56: A Trip Down Memory Lane | Through the years... | The Pub Before: | The Dining Commons Before: | After: | After:

57: Student Activities & Campus Life | Move-in Day Helpers, SOS leaders, and Residence Life Staff

58: Homecoming

60: President's

61: Ball

62: Halloween

64: Readings & Carols... The Holidays

65: Yule Ball

66: Sweetheart's Ball

67: Greek Ball

68: Spring Fling & Drag Ball

70: Student Organizations

71: Westminster Players | Musical Director: Corey Everly Stage Director: Ryan Wilson

72: Dear Fellow Seniors, We made it! The last four years have been the most incredible, stressful, and trying years of our lives thus far! As we conclude our time at Westminster, we reflect on these wonderful years and begin to look forward to our next adventures. | Steve Jobs once said, "The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. The only way to do great work is to love what you do." Whether we will be working in the classroom, the practice room, or on the stage, we must love what we do. We must commit to artistry, passion, and beauty to make our world a better place. Let us not strive for perfection in our work but rather honesty and humanity. | As we go our separate ways, remember that Westminster is where we began this incredible journey. Remember the laughs we shared in Chapel Choir with Professor Lee, our final concert on Schola Tour that brought us all to tears, the adrenaline rush of singing the Brahms Requiem with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the complete silence after the Verdi Requiem. We will forever treasure these experiences because they were the times when we were all together. May our friendships continue to grow and may we always carry the love we have felt at Westminster into our future endeavors. | With all my love, Elizabeth Fildes | SGA President Class of 2013

73: Student Government Association Executive Board | President: Elizabeth Fildes Vice-President: Michael Zubert Treasurer: Yoanna Akis Secretary: Moira Gannon

74: To the Westminster Choir College Class of 2013: What a whirlwind these last 4 years have been! It seems like only yesterday that we were all meeting for the first time, unsure of what the next few years would hold. Since that time, we have all done and learned many wonderful things, probably more than we ever thought possible. We have survived four choir hearings, passed juries, struggled through theory labs, performed in some of the most incredible places, and worked with the world’s leading conductors. While all of these things will live in your memory forever, there are two main things I hope stay with you in the years to come: the person you grew to be in your college years, and the family you became a part of along the way. In these last few years, I have seen each of you develop in remarkable ways: musically, socially, and personally. For some of us this development was not easy, but in the years to come, I am sure we will all find that it was worth it. Hold onto these things as you embark on the next step on your journey and beyond. The path to success may not be easy in the following years, but each of you has gained the tools to be successful and a support system to fall back on. As you all continue to pursue your dreams, remember to take time to keep in touch with those you have met in your time here, and always use music as a force of good in the world. Be open to all of the opportunities that may present themselves, and make sure that no matter where you end up in life you are happy. I feel truly blessed to know each one of you, and I wish each of you the best in the years to come! Congratulations! | Love, Liz Folger

75: Senior Class Government | President: Elizabeth Folger Vice-President: Ryan Wilson Treasurer: Corey Everly Secretary: Holly Scovell

76: Founded in 1903 | Lambda Tau Chapter of | Sigma Alpha Iota | Senior Sisters | Sarah Bulloyt: Initiated Fall ‘12 Lauren Delfing: Charter Member, Spring ‘10 Michelle Handy: Initiated Fall ‘12 Elizabeth Folger: Initiated Spring ‘11 Elizabeth Frasciello: Initiated Spring ‘12 Margaret O’Neill: Initiated Spring ‘11 Shari Perman: Initiated Spring ‘11 Cherisse Williams: Initiated Spring ‘12 Cherissia Williams: Initiated Fall ‘12 | The Mission of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity is to encourage, nurture and support the art of music.

77: "Sigma Alpha Iota means to me a bond and unity with a group of girls whom I probably wouldn't have thought I had so much in common with. Whenever something is wrong with my day or I feel like I am not a good musician as I would like to be, I can always look at my sisters for encouragement and know that I will always have them to turn to." -Cherissia Williams | International Music Fraternity | Sigma Alpha Iota was founded on June 12, 1903 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, by our seven beloved founders. | Senior Officers | President: Margaret O’Neill Vice President, Membership: Elizabeth Folger Vice President, Ritual: Elizabeth Frasciello Sergeant at Arms: Lauren Delfing | Lambda Tau was installed on May 7, 2010 | Original Charter Class | "We are a strong sisterhood that has a passion for music, and we want to share our passion with the world. We give back with our talent and strive for success." -Cherisse Williams | "SAI is a family... This sisterhood creates a support system for bright women in music. Whether in times of self-doubt or success, sisters are there for each other with love and roses." - Bizzie Frasciello | "Wherever I go, I know that I will be able to proudly wear my letters and know that all around the world, I have sisters supporting me." -Michelle Handy | SAI is about being your best, and knowing that your sisters are by your side as you pursue your goals. Having sisters makes life a little bit sweeter." -Margaret O'Neil | SAI is a special group of women who have a unique bond created by our love and passion for music." -Shari Perman | SAI is a family of sisters that I always wish I had. It's a bond unlike anything imaginable, and something that will stay with me for a lifetime. -Lauren Delfing

80: Service, Leadership, Fellowship | Executive Board President: Corey Roach Vice-President: Cherisse Williams Secretaries: Tiffany Dill & Cherissia Williams Fund Raising Chair: Navita Persaud Treasurer: Stephanie Morales Public Relations Chairs: Dan Marley & Juan Ortiz Historian: Kara Edwards K-Family Relations: Edgar Lopez

82: Black & Hispanic Alliance | National Association for Music Education/American Choral Directors Association | President- Vinroy Brown Vice-President- Cherissia Williams Senior Members- Sarah Mae Lagasca, Juan Ortiz & Cherisse Williams

83: Eco Representatives | Senior Members: Hannah Strong & Jocelyn Su

90: est. September 28th, 2009 | Cutest Couple

93: A Word from the Editor... | Dear Westminster, I have had a blast editing/creating this memory book!! This book is a recap of the past four years. I started this book the summer of sophomore year. I could not have done it without my wonderful colleagues. And let me not forgot to thank all of your Facebook pages. I have had many sleepless nights but it was 100% worth it! We hope you enjoy this memory book. It is filled with lots of memories that I will certainly cherish for the rest of my life. Thank you to everyone who has helped make this book possible. I challenge the future classes to create a memory book. Class of 2013, I love you and wish you all the best!!! Memory Book Editor Cherisse Williams | Photography Credits: All images are owned by the contributor. Do not copy or distribute any images without securing proper permission. Images & pages provided by: Matthew Astone, Lauren Cho, Margaret O'Neil, Juan Ortiz, Cherissia Williams, Rider University

96: In Loving Memory of Professor Julian Rodescu

97: The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord lift his countenance upon you. And give you peace. The Lord make his face to shine upon you. And be gracious unto you. The Lord be gracious. Gracious on to you. Amen

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