9th Grade Academy
Training Choir Accompanist
Piano Lab Instructor
Intermediate and Chorale Accompanist
Intermediate Choir Director
Director of Development, Marketing, and Communications
Learning Academy Director
Solo and Small Ensemble Director
Music Education Coordinator
Training Choir Director
Preparatory Choir Director
Readiness Choir Director
Kate Mulligan, Executive Director, has over 20 years of experience working with non profits as an employee, consultant, volunteer and Board Member. She began her career in arts management as the Executive Director of Princeton Pro Musica. After completing her MBA she took a position with DHR International as a nonprofit consultant and recruiter where she had the opportunity to work with Bill T. Jones, the NJPAC, and the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center among many others. Her next position was with the Doris Duke Foundation as Team Leader of Education and Special Events at Duke Farms. After starting a business importing show jumping horses from Europe she returned to the nonprofit sector as a consultant for Riding with HEART. She was promoted to Executive Director, and managed all aspects of their programs for children and adults with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities. Kate has a BA with a concentration in arts management from Westminster Choir College and an MBA from Rutgers University in non profit arts management and marketing. She is a member of the Somerset Hills Chorus and is an avid equestrian.
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.
Alicia Brozovich, Director of Development, Marketing, and Communications, has served in music and arts administration for over ten years in the Midwest, East Coast, and Oxford (UK). She spent five years as Assistant Director of Admission at Benedictine College in Atchison, KS, utilizing her skills to build alumni connections, recruit performing arts students, and support annual fundraising initiatives. Simultaneously, she founded, developed, and led a church music program, spearheading marketing and fundraising campaigns that consistently exceeded projected goals. Recent engagements as an artist include work as a contributor in the fourth volume of Teaching Music Through Performance in Choirs, serving as Conducting Fellow for the Continuo Arts Foundation in Summit, NJ, and conducting the GRAMMY-nominated Westminster Williamson Voices at the Choral Institute at Oxford. She is currently on faculty for voice and piano at Cornerstone Music Studios, is assistant conductor for the Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra, and sings professionally with the Philadelphia Symphonic Chorus. Brozovich is proud to hold degrees from Benedictine College and Westminster Choir College in music and choral conducting respectively.
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.
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.
Chaequan Anderson, Chorale Director, is a tenor, keyboardist, conductor, and teacher. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Kodàly training from Westminster Choir College where he studied choral arts, performance, conducting, and music education. While at Westminster, Chaequan was a member of the Westminster Choir. In addition, Chaequan has performed with several choral ensembles in the area, including the Philadelphia Orchestra Symphonic Choir, Princeton Pro Musica, and VOICES Chorale of Hopewell. As a conductor and educator, Chaequan has held positions with Princeton Girlchoir, Westminster Conservatory, Christina Seix Academy, and Trenton Children’s Chorus from 2013-2016 before returning for the 18/19 season. Professional organizations include ACDA, NAFME, and OAKE. Currently Chaequan is Director of Middle School Choirs at Montclair Kimberley Academy, and Co-Founder & Artistic Director of Glassbrook Vocal Ensemble, a professional choir based in Ewing, NJ.
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.
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.
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.
Jo-Ann Rubay Sciarrotta, Intermediate and Chorale Accompanist, Jo-Ann is a professional collaborative pianist, musical theater director, and music educator. Presently a pianist for Central Jersey Choral Society and serves as a supply organist for many churches. Jo-Ann is a former pianist for Amato Opera Theatre, NYC, adjunct faculty member at TCNJ, guest artist at Beaver College (Arcadia University), cast member of Young Audience of NJ’s Operaworks, and musical director/pianist for numerous theater groups and Gilbert & Sullivan Companies. She is a member of the American Federation of Musicians, Local No. 62, and the National Education Association. She holds a B.A. in music education and music supervisory certification from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) and a Master of Music degree in piano performance from Boston University.
Josh Wilson, Piano Lab Instructor and Accompanist, 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.
Eric Thomas, Leadership Development and Drumming Instructor, has taught elementary school in Trenton, New Brunswick and Ewing for 20 years. He attended Howard University and later transferred to Rider University where he received his Bachelor’s degree. In addition to drumming, his interests include jazz, music, poetry, art, dance, storytelling and writing stories for children. Mr. Thomas was named Teacher of the Year by the Trenton Board of Education in 2002 and 2008. He is the recipient of the 2010 Community Care Award given by the Three Doctors Foundation and the 2010 Ray Broach Award for the Arts given by the Ewing Public Education Foundation.
James Weber, Hedgepath Williams and 9th Grade Academy, 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.