STAFF & TEACHING ARTISTS
Jeffrey Grogan- Artistic Director
Recently applauded for performances “high in energy, with close attention to ebb and flow,” American conductor Jeffrey Grogan is hailed as a musical leader who “knows what kind of sound he wants from an orchestra,” “rich and vibrant.” His humanistic leadership style, coupled with a strong command of skills as a musical communicator, has earned him an impressive reputation with audiences and music programs throughout the country. A conductor who is known for his “shrewd programming, skillful rehearsing, and an energized performance,” Grogan was recently chosen to participate in the prestigious 2009 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview sponsored by the League of American Orchestras. His abilities were recently showcased with the Nashville Symphony in front of an audience comprised of music director search committees, artistic administrators, and artist managers from across the United States.
Considering his work with young musicians as one of the cornerstones of his career, Grogan is music director of the Greater Newark Youth Orchestra, the InterSchools Orchestra of New York and the Indiana University Summer Music Clinic Orchestra. In addition, he spends a large portion of each season working with school music programs, festivals, and conducting All-State Orchestras throughout the country. Grogan has also recently served as cover and preparation conductor for the Manhattan School of Music.
Grogan was previously on faculty at the University of Michigan and at Baylor University. He taught public school in the Desoto (Texas) Independent School District. Grogan is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University and the University of Michigan.
Read about NJYS Artistic Director and Conductor Jeff Grogan recently featured in The Star-Ledger
Elizabeth Moulthrop- Program Director
Elizabeth Moulthrop, a violinist and music educator, attended The Boyer School of Music and Dance at Temple University in Philadelphia where she received a degree in music education and teaching certification. Ms. Moulthrop received a performer’s certificate at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University where she focused on chamber music under the direction of the Shanghai Quartet and played violin in the Montclair State University Graduate Quartet.
Ms. Moulthrop studied with violinists Mary Ann Mumm, Lenuta Ciulei, and Meichen Liao-Barnes of the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra. She has performed with the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra, Temple University Orchestra, and Montclair State University Orchestra. She performs throughout the New York Metropolitan area as a freelance artist. Ms. Moulthrop is a Suzuki-certified teacher and maintains a private violin studio, pre-school to adult, in the North Jersey area.
In 2011, Ms. Moulthrop founded Notes for Change, Inc., a non-profit organization that aims to increase access to music education for underserved youth. She was inspired to begin the organization after visiting Pisco, Peru and establishing relationships with residents over a period of several years. Through Notes for Change, Inc. Elizabeth started a music festival for local students in Pisco, free of charge. The festival, called The Pisco Music Program, focuses on Peruvian music and culture. Each summer, she collaborates with a team of teachers, both Peruvian and American, to teach in The Pisco Music Program.
Being passionate about music and increasing access to music education, Ms. Moulthrop believes all students deserve the opportunity to grow as people through the community experience of learning music.
Shanna Lin- Curriculum Coordinator, Viola Teaching Artist
Originally from Fairfax, VA, Shanna Lin moved to New Jersey in order to attend the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. There she received her Bachelors degree in viola performance and music education and is currently pursuing a performance certificate degree at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University.
While at Rutgers University, Shanna studied with Choong-Jin Chang, principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. She concentrated on solo, chamber, and orchestral studies, playing under the guidance of musicians such as Kathryn Lockwood of the Lark Quartet and Jonathan Spitz of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and New Jersey Symphony. Shanna has performed with the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra and served as co-principal of the Rutgers Sinfonia as well as the Montclair State University Orchestra. At Montclair State University, Shanna has focused on chamber studies and performs with a graduate quartet studying under the world-renowned Shanghai Quartet. In 2011 Shanna was the winner of the Undergraduate Concerto Competition at Rutgers and in the spring of 2012 she made her debut as the guest solo artist with the Rutgers Sinfonia.
Shanna is an active private teacher and freelance artist in the Central and North Jersey area. She currently teaches at several studios, including the Professional Music Academy in Woodbridge, as well as maintains a private studio with students from the age of 5 to adults. Besides teaching, Shanna can be found playing in the Bravura Philharmonic in Princeton or other local orchestra and theater productions.
From an early age, Shanna was exposed to high-level music through youth orchestras such as the American Youth Philharmonic and Prince William County Youth Orchestras. Because her love of music was encouraged by the dynamic and enthusiastic teachers and conductors she had in these orchestras, she has dedicated herself to helping other children have the same experience. Although much of her education has been performance focused, her passion has always been teaching and she feels privileged and excited to be working with the students of the Community Charter School of Paterson.
Angela Girvan- Musicianship Teaching Artist
Angela Girvan, an active music educator and flutist in northern New Jersey, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education. She currently teaches general music, choral music, band, and orchestra to kindergarten through fourth grade students at Stony Lane Elementary School in Paramus, NJ. In 2013, she founded the inaugural season of the Stony Lane Bell Choir, providing students with a new approach to standard musical practices.
In tandem with her career at Stony Lane, Ms. Girvan is currently the assistant manager of the Region 1 Elementary Honors Orchestra. Within Paramus Public Schools, she is an active staff member for the Paramus High School Spartan Marching Band, and directs the Paramus High School Flute Choir. Ms. Girvan also maintains a private studio, in which she teaches flute, voice, composition, and theory.
Ms. Girvan is honored to be joining the team at Paterson Music Project as a general and choral music teacher. She is looking forward to sharing her passionate devotion for the growth of young artists at Paterson Community Charter School.
Terrence Thornhill- Cello Teaching Artist
Native of Maplewood New Jersey, Terrence is a Performers Certificate graduate student at Montclair State University, majoring in Cello Performance at the John J. Cali School of Music. He Graduated from the Cali School of Music in 2011 with a degree in Music Education. He served as student representative on the board of trustees and principle cellist of the Montclair State Symphony Orchestra. He studied cello with Nicholas Tzavaras, String Coordinator at the John J. Cali School of Music and Cellist of the Shanghai String Quartet. He has participated in masterclasses with Yo-Yo Ma, Carter Brey principle Cellist of the New York Philharmonic, Peter Wiley cellist of the Beaux Arts Trio and Guarneri String Quartet, members of the Shanghai, Emerson, JACK, Borromeo and Daedalus, and Colorado String Quartets.
As an educator, Terrence maintains a diverse private studio in the New York Metro Area, teaching students from k-Adult. In addition to his private studio, Terrence is on the Faculty of the Montclair State University’s Preparatory Division where he teaches Cello, Music Theory and head of the Chamber Music department. In 2007 Terrence served on the board of the Montclair State University Student Chapter of American String Teachers Association which won best student chapter in the country. On a state-wide level, Terrence was chosen to administer sectionals for the New Jersey Region and All-State Cello section in 2008 and 2009. In 2009, Terrence received the Allen Iverson Music Education Award, the highest award given by the John J. Cali School of Music to an undergraduate music education major.
Terrence is currently a Masters student at SUNY Purchase Conservatory studying cello with cellist of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Julia Lichten. He also currently studies conducting with Ken Lam, director of orchestras at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University.
Erika Tesi- Orchestra Teaching Artist
Erika Boras Tesi, cellist and educator, was Past President of The New Jersey Chapter of The American String Teachers Association and the 2012 recipient of The American String Teachers Leader of the Year Award. Mrs. Boras Tesi started her music studies on the violoncello with Nellis DeLay and continued with Stephen Geber at the New England Conservatory of Music. She continued her studies with David Wells at Manhattan School of Music where she earned her master’s degree in performance.
Highlights of her career as a cellist include principal cellist for the Bolshoi Ballet’s American Tour performing in New York at Lincoln Center’s State Theater, Chicago, and Los Angeles; solo performances of Giselle and Swan Lake at the State Theater; principal cellist at the State Theater for D’Oyle Carte Opera Company and Berlin Opera Ballet; and principal cellist for Rudolph Nureyev and the Boston Ballet at the Uris Theatre in New York. Mrs. Boras Tesi also performed at Lincoln Center with the Joffrey Ballet, The Canadian National Ballet, Radio City Music Hall, Rolland Petite, The National Ballet of Marseilles, and Makarova and Company. She was a founding member of The All Seasons Chamber Players. Chautauqua Symphony, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Newburgh Symphony as principal cellist, and Broadway pit orchestras have all been a part of Mrs. Boras Tesi’s performance history.
As a teacher, Mrs. Boras Tesi was chosen as the New Jersey Region 1 Junior High School Orchestra Conductor, the Intermediate Orchestra Festival Conductor for Rockland County, NY and the All Cape Islands High School Orchestra Festival. As orchestra director for the Tenafly Middle School, she was selected as recipient of the 2000 Tenafly Middle School’s Governor’s Award as Teacher of the Year. She was a featured teacher on television’s NJN Classroom Close-up Program and has for several consecutive years had many chamber groups accepted to perform at Lincoln Center in the Young People’s Ensembles Concerts. As middle school orchestra director in Tenafly, New Jersey, her orchestras consistently earned a “superior” rating at area music festivals and won the 2006 American String Teachers National Orchestra Festival held in Kansas City where she took first place with the only “superior” rating in her category. Now retired from her public school position, she is delighted to be on the faculty of Wharton Music Center’s Paterson Music Project at Community Charter School of Paterson.
Mitsuko Flynn- CCSP Site Coordinator
Kony Pinchi- School 1 Site Coordinator
Beatrice Naumann- Violin Teaching Artist
Tina Kang- Violin Teaching Artist
Shang-Ying Lee- Viola Teaching Artist
Linsay Setzer- Cello Teaching Artist
Daniel Mumm- Cello Teaching Artist
Paul Swensen- Cello Teaching Artist
Emma Peterson- Choir and Pre-Orchestra Teaching Artist
Ryan Zuccheri- Pre-Orchestra Teaching Artist
Jason Quevedo- Pre-Orchestra Teaching Artist