Piano Lab Instructor
Intermediate & Chorale Accompanist
Intermediate Choir Director
Director of Development
Learning Academy Director
James Weber, Accompanist, has worked as a professional musician in the New York metropolitan area for over twenty years. Trained at Westminster Choir College, he has performed in some of the world’s greatest concert halls and music venues. In addition to his duties at TCC, Mr. Weber is a collaborative pianist at Westminster Choir College and Rider University, and an accompanist for voice students at Princeton University. He is also the Director of Music and Organist at the Community Presbyterian Church of Ringwood and The Catholic Community of St. John Neumann, where he oversees hand-bell and instrumental musicians. Mr. Weber has enjoyed a lengthy relationship with Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, supplying choral musicians for concerts in the New York City area. He has performed with Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Charlotte Church, Josh Grogan, and with orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and The New Jersey Symphony. Mr. Weber’s compositions are published by Beckenhorst Press.
Solo & Small Ensemble Director
Music Education Coordinator
Training Choir Director
Preparatory Choir Director
Readiness Choir Director
Gloria Bethea, Learning Academy Director, formerly practiced as a Nurse Clinician and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. She credits patient education training for equipping her to homeschool her nine children. A sought-after tutor, her tutoring and nursing philosophies are the same: always consider the whole person when serving someone - their attitude, informational processing strengths and weaknesses, learning style, nutritional health, organizational skills and personality. Mrs. Bethea enthusiastically teaches Learning Coaches and students of TCC's Learning Academy to apply a holistic perspective in their creation and execution of an individually designed learning plan for each Learner of the Learning Academy. She is a founding member of the TCC advisory board and has served on the board of MentorPOWER, as a volunteer writing coach for Trenton Central High School, and as a member of the Action Team that researched, evaluated and planned the reorganization of Trenton Central High School into career focused, small learning communities. Mrs. Bethea is the recipient of the 2008 Z-HOPE Humanitarian Of the Year Award and the 2015 Tre'Devon Lane Foundation's Community Service Award.
Dr. Rochelle Ellis, Solo and Small Ensemble Director, is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Voice at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, and a Lecturer of voice at Princeton University. She has distinguished herself in a broad repertoire that extends from Bach and Beethoven to Verdi, Barber and Gershwin. She made her New York City Opera debut as "Serena" in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, and has also performed operas with Chamber Opera Chicago and Skylight Opera Theatre. 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 performed solo recitals in Osaka and Tokyo, Japan. In addition to maintaining voice studios at Westminster Choir College and Princeton University, Ms. Ellis is active in both Rider University and community outreach in music. She teaches in the Rider Educational Opportunity Program summer pre-college program, as well as in the Westminster Conservatory High School and Middle School Summer Vocal Institutes. Dr. Ellis is the Teaching Artist for The Princeton Festival Guild, where she holds opera outreach programs each summer in conjunction with the festival's opera presentations. 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.
John J. Floyd II, Readiness Choir Director, holds a B.M. In Music Education from Westminster choir College of Rider University. John is a Southern New Jersey native, and has been a part of the community in central New Jersey since 2008. John is the music teacher and choir director at Somerville Middle School.
Constance W. Hurtt, Training Choir Director, holds a B.A. in Music Education from Shaw University, Raleigh, North Carolina and a Master’s in Special Education from Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Arizona.A retired music instructor from the Trenton Public Schools, she is presently teaching General Music at the International Charter School in Trenton, and teaches private piano lessons weekly. Her professional organizations include NEA, NJEA, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She is a member of The ECHO a Capella Chorus and a member of Shiloh Baptist Church, Trenton, New Jersey.
Patricia Thel, served as Artistic Director of Trenton Children’s Chorus from 2009-2015 before returning for the 2018/2019 season. She is founder and conductor of the Westminster Conservatory Children’s Choirs, a program she began 25 years ago. Before coming to Princeton, she taught in public schools in the Atlanta, GA. and Washington, DC areas and sang with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus under the direction of Robert Shaw. In addition to her work through the Conservatory and TCC, she has taught as an adjunct at Westminster Choir College and Ithaca College School of Music. She has also served in the Princeton area as the middle school music director at Princeton Day School. Under her direction, the Cantus Choir at Westminster has performed eight times at the White House and once at the National Cathedral in addition to performances at Princeton University and Westminster. This group has also recorded for the Educational Testing Service and Silver Burdett. During her tenure at Trenton Children’s Chorus, the choirs performed new works with Francisco Nuñez and Young Peoples Chorus of NYC, premiered a work by Raymond Wise, sang for both Governor Christie’s inaugurals, Governor Corzine, and performed for President and Mrs. Obama.
Alice Lightner, Choir Manager, has worked in non-profit program development serving children and families in the Trenton area for more than 10 years. Most recently, Alice worked for the Center for Child and Family Achievement as a Program Manager and Site Coordinator, and earlier in her career as a Social Service Specialist for The Children's Home Society of NJ. Alice has an Associate’s Degree in Business Management from Mercer County Community College, a certification in Case Management from Rutgers University, and is a B.S. candidate in Business Administration from Thomas Edison State University.
Desiree Melegrito, Music Education Coordinator, holds a B.M. in Music Education and Piano Performance from Ithaca College. She also holds an M.M. in Music Education and an MM in Piano Performance from Westminster Choir College of Rider University. A former faculty member at Westminster Conservatory, she currently teaches choral and general music at Chapin School in Princeton. She is a certified Orff-Schulwerk specialist and is trained in Kodaly methodology.
Donna Richards, Director of Development, began her career in public broadcasting with nearly 30 years at NJN Public Television and Radio in various departments, including Programming, Production and Membership, last serving as the On-Air Fundraising Manager. She received nine Emmy nominations from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Mid-Atlantic Chapter for her work on the public affairs program Another View. Donna served as a Development Associate for the American Red Cross in Princeton, managing all aspects of special events and designing collateral media. She also spent two years at the Food Bank of South Jersey as Senior Manager, then Director of Individual Giving, responsible for a strategy to advance an integrated messaging approach to increase revenue. Donna joins TCC with some background in music arts. She is a former alto saxophone player, sang in several choirs, and performed in plays. She holds a Bachelors degree in Mass Communications from Rutgers University with a minor in music.
Kristin A. Schenk, Preparatory Choir Director, is a graduate student in a five-year combined Bachelors of Music in Music Education and a Masters of Arts in Teaching degree from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. She has performed on stages such as the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, the White House, and Carnegie Hall. During her time at Westminster Choir College, she has performed as a member of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, Westminster Williamson Voices, and Westminster Jubilee Singers. Kristin has held leadership positions at both the collegiate and the state level for the National Association of Music Education. She has worked with organizations such as the American Boychoir School, the Conducting Institute at Oxford, and the Jamaica Field Service Project.
Daraka Saunders, Operations Manager, has directed non-profit programs and family events in Mercer County for more than 10 years. For the past 7 years, Mrs. Saunders served as Founding Executive Director of Mobile Minds of NJ Inc., an educational nonprofit. She also co-chaired a local civic association to champion the rights and best interests of her community neighborhood. Prior to her work in community development, Mrs. Saunders worked for Verizon in their large business unit, and served as a volunteer education advocate for the career and educational advancement of her fellow employees. During her teen years, Mrs. Saunders directed the youth choir at Antioch Christian Church of New Brunswick. Mrs. Saunders holds an AS degree in Business Management from Mercer County College.
Josh Wilson, Piano Lab Instructor, is a pianist working in central New Jersey. He is an adjunct professor of piano at Mercer County Community College, teaching class piano as well as private students in both piano and composition. Josh accompanies VOICES, a Hopewell NJ organization, working with their main chorale and the smaller ensemble Sotto Voce. He also works with Frenchtown Presbyterian Church as the organist, assistant choir director, and assists with the praise band. Aside from his collaborations, Josh performs solo recitals every year where he enjoys introducing audiences to contemporary music or music unfamiliar in the classical piano canon. In the summer, Josh works with the Kelsey Theater’s Tomato Patch Workshop, where heaccompanies and assists with the vocal groups. Josh graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelors in Piano from Westminster Choir College in 2014 where he studied piano with Dr. James Goldsworthy.