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Photo of Mrs. Elise Pelletier
Violinist, Consultant, Manager
Cell Phone: (609) 471-3238 Work Fax: (856) 629-2275

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Elise has been performing on violin for over 20 years. She was a member of the Haddonfield Symphony and now plays with the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey. She has a private music studio in Williamstown, New Jersey.

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Cathy Sonnenberg attended the New England Conservatory of Music on a full scholarship. She studied piano with Veronica Jochum and Theodore Lettvin, and chamber music with Benjamin Zander. She sang in the Conservatory chorus directed by renowned choral conductor Lorna Cooke DeVaron and under the baton of Seiji Ozawa of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Cathy has given piano recitals in the Canary Islands, Madrid and Boston, played cabaret shows in Philadelphia, and conducted and accompanied Camden Catholic High School’s chorus. She performed in the Liberace Revue at the Tropicana in Atlantic City and served the Marian Anderson Historical Society as pianist for the unveiling of the Marian Anderson Stamp at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. She has also accompanied NY City Opera baritone Robert McFarland.

Cathy works with 3 different groups of people with disabilities: She is Associate Director of Joyful Noise, a chorus hosted by Bancroft, she is Director of SAIL SINGS, sponsored by Jewish Family Services in Cherry Hill, and she teaches at the Hollydell School for children. Formerly organist at Embury Methodist Church in Collingswood, NJ and St. Mark’s at the Crossing Episcopal Church in Williamstown, NJ, Cathy currently serves as Organist at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Glassboro, NJ. She accompanies music students at Rowan University and is the mentor for pianists and instrumentalist at The Arts 4 Teens Festival at Rutgers University, Camden, NJ.

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Kathleen Eng is a professionally trained singer, dancer, and actress. She has toured the country in several national tours including, “Singin ‘ in the Rain”, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”, “City of Angels”, and “Ziegfeld… a night at the Follies”.

Favorite roles for the stage include, Fanny Brice in “Funny Girl”, Jen in “John & Jen”, and Mary in “Merrily We Roll Along” ( Black Friars Theatre, Rochester NY.)

Kathleen has studied voice with many teachers over the years including the late Walter Blazer. She has been featured in several voice over works and productions. Currently, she is a Cantor at St. Joan of Arc Parish in Marlton, NJ, and St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Sicklerville, NJ. She is also a dance teacher at the Patricia Reid Studio of Dance in Williamstown, NJ.

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Ian Hoblitzell is a student at the College of Fine and Performing Arts under Rowan University. He is currently working towards a Bachelors degree in Music Education. Ian is the assistant concertmaster of the Rowan University Orchestra. For the past 6 years he has played in the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey, in the past 3 years he has acted as their Principal second violinist. In his years as a violinist, Ian has performed for such venues as the Atlantic City Country Club, Glen Foerd Mansion, The Cranbury Inn, and the Mansion in Voorhees. Ian has performed with the Jubilate Deo Chorale and Orchestra for their memorial concert on September 11th, 2011 in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center. In the winter of 2011/2012 Ian toured China playing with the Camerata Philadelphia Orchestra.

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Madison Marcucci is a recent graduate of The Juilliard School. Making her solo debut with the Ocean City Pops Orchestra at the age of 11, Madison has performed several times at New York’s Lincoln Center as first violinist with the Wisteria String Quartet. She has won first place in numerous competitions including: the Strings International Music Festival Concerto Competition, the Strings International Music Festival Bach Double Competition, the Warminster Symphony concerto competition, the Manalapan Battleground Symphony Orchestra Competition, and the Philadelphia Biblical University Concerto Competition. Madison has performed in Master Classes with Kimberly Fisher, David Kim, William de Pasquale, Todd Phillips, and Richard Amoroso, among others. She has appeared as soloist with the PIMF Chamber Orchestra, Temple Music Prep’s Youth Chamber Orchestra, the Manalapan Battleground Symphony, the PBU Orchestra, and the Ocean City Pops Orchestra. While at Juilliard, Madison was selected to participate in The Juilliard School’s Gluck Community Fellowship program. She is also a recipient of the Starling Scholarship and the Braverman String Quartet Scholarship from Settlement Music School. Madison currently studies with Kimberly Fisher, Principal Second Violinist of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

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Salvatore Mazzocca is a graduate of Rowan University. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in piano performance from Rowan, and he is currently teaching music in Clementon Elementary School. He teaches K-8 general music, directs two choral ensembles, and is the director of the music theatre program. From 2000-2002, Salvatore participated in summer master classes in the Ukraine. He has also taught music theory and performed at the Northern Lights Music Festival in northern Minnesota.

Sal has also appeared on stage in “Forever Plaid” at the Broadway Theatre of Pitman, and has vocally and musically directed various musical productions in south Jersey.

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Rick Pelletier, pianist, classically trained pianist, has been playing piano for over 20 years. Rick received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Rowan University, where he studied under world-renown pianist Veda Zuponcic. Along with his music degree, Rick also received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Rowan University and currently works as a technical support specialist providing support for chemical engineering software. A former competitive pianist and piano teacher, Rick continues to play piano professionally as a freelance musician, typically performing for weddings and cocktails, as an accompanist, and as a fill-in for the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey. Rick is the son of Elise Pelletier.

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Lindsey Petrosh 25, of Egg Harbor City, New Jersey, is currently a graduate student perusing a degree in Higher Education and Administration at Rowan University. She is a classically trained singer and has studied privately for 19 years. In high school she was very active her school’s theater program and was selected as the leading role all four years. Lindsey has performed with several musical ensembles and is very passionate about her God-given talent. Lindsey is most honored to have served the Garden State in 2006 as Miss New Jersey’s Outstanding Teen and again in 2012 as Miss New Jersey.

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Courtney Quinn has been playing the violin since 1999. She has studied with professionals from Julliard, Romania, Italy, Germany, and France. Her most recent teacher is Lenuta Ciulei, Romanian-born soloist renown in 22 countries and winner of three international competitions, as well as many other awards. As a freshman in high school, Courtney began playing for musicals around the South Jersey area. She also played with the Garden State Pops Youth Orchestra from 2004-2007, the All South Jersey Youth Orchestra from 2005-2009, and the South Jersey Philharmonic from 2008-2010. Her studies span the classical, jazz, and popular genres.
Currently, Courtney is studying Music and Mathematics at Rowan University. She is principal 2nd violin of the Rowan University Orchestra.

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Photo of Sara Smith
violinist

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Sara Smith is a violinist from Southern New Jersey, who under the tutelage of world renown soloist Lenuta Ciulei, received a Bachelor’s of Music Education from Rowan University.  Sara has also performed all over New Jersey and in NY, her most notable performances being at Carnegie Hall with the “Manhattan Symphonie”, and at Lincoln Center with the “International Chamber Orchestra of America”. Sara has also toured with the “Manhattan Symphonie” in China, attended the “Orvieto Festival of Strings” in Italy for two summers, and also plays with the “Jersey Shore Pops”, the “Garden State Philharmonic”, and the “Road Theater Company” in Williamstown. In addition to performing, Sara also teaches strings in the Evesham School District.

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Photo of Ms. Joan Topper
Violinist

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Joan Topper studied under the tutelage of Toby Appel at The Juilliard School and earned her Bachelor’s degree in violin performance from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, where she studied with world-renowned violinist Ilya Kaler.
As a violist, Miss Topper has performed with Ballet Next, New York’s elite independent ballet company founded by international ballet stars Michele Wiles and Charles Askegard, as well as the AXIOM ensemble of Lincoln Center and MusicNow, the contemporary ensemble of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
She currently teaches violin and viola lessons at her home in Mt. Airy, PA and is on the faculty of the Chestnut Hill Music Academy.
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Jennifer Wenger began playing violin at 4 and has been performing since she was seven. After being raised in a musical family, she continued on to graduate from Temple University, Esther Boyer College of Music with a degree in Music Education. While at Temple University, she studied violin with Barbara Sonies (Concertmaster, Opera Company of Philadelphia) and trumpet with Robert Earley (Second Trumpet, Philadelphia Orchestra). Jennifer is a freelance musician in the Delaware Valley area and performs with the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey.

Jennifer is currently the Information Systems Coordinator at CSMI, LLC. She also owns a web and graphic design company, Techie Web Designs, in Wilmington, Delaware.

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Warren Wenger, violinist, graduated from the Philadelphia Musical Academy (University of the Arts) where he studied under Charles Castleman. He has been performing for weddings, church services and funerals for over 35 years.

Warren is an instrumental music teacher for private schools in Southern New Jersey.

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