Timothy Cole, Director of Musical Theater Arts


Timothy Maureen Cole holds a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College and a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from Ithaca College, and has been teaching voice, music theater, and piano since 2007.  She holds certification in Early Childhood Music Education from Kindermusik International, and is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.  In addition to private and group instruction, Timothy has collegiate teaching experience at Horry Georgetown Technical College and James Madison University.

Timothy has extensive performance experience in classical and musical theater repertoire.  Recent productions include La Boheme (Mimi), Le Nozze Di Figaro (Countess), Wilde’s Wild West, (Frenchie), Aics and Galatea (Damon), Elixir of Love (Adina), Cask of Amontillado, The Tell-Tale Heart, and Scarlatti’s La Giuditta (Giuditta).  Favorite Music Theater performances include: Kiss Me Kate (Kate), Anything Goes (Reno), You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (Sally), Once Upon A Mattress, and My Favorite Year.

Working with students of all ages, Timothy treats every student as an individual.  She believes that the fundamental techniques of voice: breath, support, posture, resonance, and diction, can and should be applied to all types of singing and theater performance.  Her specialization in pedagogy gives her a great technical understanding of the voice, and she enjoys preparing singers for auditions, competitions, productions, and performances of all types.

Jessica Lombardi

Jessica Lombardi brings years of performance experience to the classroom with professional credits that include Graziella in the European Tour of West Side Story, Anytime Annie in 42nd Street, Mitzi and Dance Captain in Crazy for You, and Texas in Cabaret. Other favorites include:  La Cage Aux Folles, Damn Yankees, Grease, and Little Women. Off Broadway, Jessica appeared in Marcus is Walking, Cotton Girls, The Brothers Menaechmus, Lives of the Great Waitresses, Spooktacular 2000, and The Great Debate.  She also danced the original choreography for PBS’s special of A Chorus Line with the Naples Philharmonic.  She choreographed and directed a mainstage production of Chicago for Otterbein College as well as dance sequences for Snow White and the 7 Dwarves for Cleveland Signstage.  She received her B.F.A. in Acting from Otterbein College.  In addition to teaching at the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts, Jessica runs the Dance and Musical Theatre Program for the Township of New Providence, choreographs and directs musicals for the New Providence Recreation Department and offers private “Broadway Intensive” lessons to local children who are pursuing professional audition experiences.

Allison Mion

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Originally from Summit, soprano Allison Mion made her 2015 debut with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and was a finalist and semi-finalist in the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York Lyric, Classical Singer, and National Association of Teachers of Singing competitions. Operatic roles include Don Giovanni, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Albert Herring, Cosi fan tutte, The Magic Flute, Die Fledermaus, and The Crucible. Most recently, Mion appeared with the Opera Theatre Montclair in The Magic Flute and with the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey in La Boheme.

David Seamon, Musical Theatre Arts Instrumental Ensemble Director

Pianist, singer, and composer David Seamon, a graduate of Rutgers University, has worked on stage and behind the scenes for community theater, regional theater, and Off Broadway. He is a Teaching Artist at the George Street Playhouse, where he has composed music for original plays written by New Brunswick public school students, as well as composed and arranged for a mainstage event, Our Town Now (2014). In the Spring of 2015, David composed four original musicals about the Industrial Revolution which were performed at the George Street Playhouse. At The Workshop Theater in Manhattan, Mr. Seamon worked one-on-one with a songwriter to arrange and transcribe a full length musical, The Kingdom of Vincent Grapelli (2015). He composed the award-winning score to the short film Melody, which screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014, receiving the Silver Tripod Award, Campus Moviefest. David is a certified cantor, voice and piano teacher, and avid songwriter and performer. David joins the Wharton faculty as the Musical Theatre Arts Company Instrumental Ensemble Director.