Meet Our Team

Our Team

Kate Mulligan
Executive Director

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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.

Kate Mulligan 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.

Vinroy D. Brown, Jr.
Artistic Director

A church musician, he is director of music & worship arts at Elmwood United Presbyterian Church. Maintaining an active conducting schedule, he is founder and artistic director of Elmwood Concert Singers and is artistic director and conductor of Capital Singers of Trenton. Brown holds membership in the National Association for Music Education, American Choral Directors Association, National Collegiate Choral Organization and the National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc., for which he is Eastern Region Director. He holds the Master of Arts in Practical Theology degree from Regent University, and Bachelor of Music degrees in Sacred Music and Music Education from Westminster Choir College.

Vinroy D. Brown, Jr. holds credits in conducting, sacred music and music education. He is a member of the conducting, organ and sacred music faculty at Westminster Choir College, where he conducts the Westminster Jubilee Singers.

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Veronique Shaftel
Program Manager

Véronique Shaftel is a violinist, vocalist, music director, and administrator working in the greater Trenton, Princeton, and Pennington area.

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Although her background is in violin, she recently received her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education at Westminster Choir College. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Music Education at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

She has been featured in concert as a soloist with the GRAMMY nominated Westminster Williamson Voices and the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. She has performed alongside fiddler Mark O’Connor, was a recipient of the SEVEC music grant, and has worked with artists such as Rachel Barton Pine and Kevin Lawrence. She was selected as the Roxbury Choral Institute’s Grand Prize Classical Vocalist Winner and won the Florida Big Bend Concerto Competition. Ms. Shaftel is currently a candidate for a Bachelors Degree in Music Education at Westminster Choir College. She also directs the St. James Catholic Church Children’s Choir and works as an administrative assistant at the Westminster Conservatory of Music.  

Alicia Brozovich
Director of Development, Marketing, and Communications

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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.

Alicia Brozovich has served in music and arts administration for nearly fifteen years in the Midwest, East Coast, Italy, 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

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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 - one'sattitude, 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. With her family she helped form Trenton Youth Wrestling. 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. 

Gloria Bethea 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.

Eric Thomas
Leadership Development, Drumming Instruction

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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.

Eric Thomas has taught elementary school in Trenton, New Brunswick and Ewing for 20 years.

Willy Rivas
Alumni Coordinator

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While there was not a high school program during his tenure at TCC, he volunteered his time to help the young choristers during their rehearsals. Willy graduated from Trenton Central High School in 2002 and went on to earn a degree in Sociology from Rutgers University. Willy comes from a family of TCC alumni, being one of four to have gone through the program.

 

Willy is excited to return to TCC and help it grow. As the inaugural person serving in this position, he hopes to create a space in which the Alumni of TCC can give back to the organization that has served so many well.

Willy is a proud alumnus from Trenton Children’s Chorus.  He currently resides in East Brunswick, NJ with his wife and two children. He is in the hospitality business and also serves as a Scoutmaster for a local Boy Scouts Troop.

Desiree Melegrito
Choral Readiness Director

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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.​

Desiree Melegrito 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.

Kristin Schenk
Preparatory Choir Director

Throughout her career, she has performed on stages such as the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, the White House, and Carnegie Hall. Kristin was a member Westminster Williamson Voices and Jubilee Singers during her time at Westminster Choir College. She has worked with organizations such as the American Boychoir School, the Conducting Institute at Oxford, and the Jamaica Field Service Project. She currently sings with two professional choirs, The Same Stream Choir and Glassbrook Vocal Ensemble both based on the East Coast. She also serves as the director of the Children's Choir at Lenape Valley Presbyterian Church in New Britain, PA

Kristen Shenk is a an Elementary General Music Teacher within the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District. A graduate from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, she obtained a Bachelors of Music in Music Education and a Masters of Arts in Teaching degree. 

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Mariel Johnson
Training Choir Director

Mariel Johnson passionately teaches Chorus at Orange Preparatory Academy where she works to provide children in the City of Orange with memorable experiences in music through their performances at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Prudential Center, multiple superior ranked performances at the High Note Festival and various community engagements.

 

As an Educator, she has been awarded multiple grants for her music program such as the Disney Musicals in Schools Program, the NJPAC Johnny Mercer Foundation Musical Theater Program, and received instruments and audio equipment from the Little Kids Rock Organization to increase her student’s access to a high quality music education. Mariel has been nominated as the Art Educators of New Jersey Teacher of the Year for the Orange Public Schools district. She also received two 2015 Orange Board of Education Superintendent’s Recognition Awards for excellence in the Arts  as well as the 2018 Orange Board of Education Superintendent’s Employee of the Year Award for Visual and Performing Arts.

Mariel Johnson is a native of East Orange, New Jersey. She has received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Hampton University and a Master of Music in Pedagogy and Performance from Westminster Choir College.

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Max Brey
Ukulele Elective Instructor

Max Brey is proud to join the faculty of Trenton Children’s Chorus. Originally from Tallahassee, Florida, he leads a musical double life, as both an active classical singer and folk/bluegrass multi-instrumentalist.

As a student at Westminster Choir College and a member of the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir, Max sang with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and on stages across the US and internationally. At home in Florida, Max’s bluegrass and folk groups have performed at the Florida Folk Festival, Suwannee Springfest and other festivals across the southeast. His original music has been featured on the mystery podcast Murder in your Ear. In his free time, Max enjoys cheering on his favorite teams and cooking.

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Josh Wilson
Piano Elective Instructor, Accompanist

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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.​

Josh Wilson 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.

Zackary Ross
Piano Elective Instructor, Accompanist

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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.​