Christmas Around the Piano 2015
PETER DABBENE is a columnist and book reviewer whose poetry has been published in many literary journals, and collected in the photo book Optimism. He has published the graphic novels Ark and Robin Hood, the story collections Prime Movements and Glossolalia, and a novel, Mister Dreyfus' Demons. His latest books are Spamming the Spammers and More Spamming the Spammers. WEBSITE
SHERRY GARRAHAN has three beautiful daughters, and is the Recruitment Assistant in the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at Princeton Theological Seminary. She is an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Hamilton Square where she sings in the choir and with the praise band, 98:4.
JULIANNE MARKAVITCH-CAUDLE is originally from Michigan and is an independent recording artist with six CDs of classical and sacred piano music available at CDBaby.com and Amazon.com. In promotion of her performances and recordings, she appeared on ABC's Sonoran Living and Arizona Morning on Fox. Her CDs have also been featured on National Public Radio, as well as many classical radio stations throughout the country.
Julianne is an alumna of the National Music Camp and Arts Academy at Interlochen, Michigan. She received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Texas at Austin and her Master of Music from the University of Michigan, both degrees in piano performance, with emphasis on piano pedagogy, accompanying and chamber music.
Ms. Markavitch-Caudle has served as Artistic Director of her own piano studios in Michigan, Arizona, and New Jersey. She has also taught piano at the University of Michigan, Arizona State University, Scottsdale Community College, and Schoolcraft Community College. Julianne has held positions in several churches as an accompanist and music director in Michigan, Arizona, and New Jersey. She currently lives with her family in Hamilton, New Jersey, where she is the Music Director at First Presbyterian Church of Hamilton Square.
ABIGAIL LYNCH is a 6th grade student at Chesterfield Elementary. Abigail enjoys playing soccer, piano, singing, acting, dancing, and swimming. She has performed at the Crosswicks Croquet Classic, Jesters, Trenton Thunder as well as McCarter Theater Summer Programs. Abigail played the role of Sebastian in the 2015 CES production of Little Mermaid. Abigail enjoys spending time with her family and friends and volunteering.
TAYLOR MILLS is a student at Princeton Theological Seminary pursing a career in ministry through the PCUSA denomination. She currently works as a dance teacher, an intern at the First Plainsboro Presbyterian Church, and in the Admissions Office of PTS. She enjoys singing whenever she can, having grown up in the FPCHS choirs from a young age. She hopes to incorporate singing into whatever ministry she is called to.
Marisa Murphy is a student at Mercer County Community College, studying as a photography major. Currently, she has been teaming up with Ben Wolverton to help photograph this year's CD and workiing for Wolverton Media. In her spare time, you can find her planning and creating cosplays for upcoming anime conventions, constantly cleaning the house, managing the Japanese Arts Club at her college, and editing her work in the studio. She recently started her own freelance photography campaign, called "MurphinatorX," which you can find on twitter, facebook, viewbug, and soundcloud. Don't worry, she's not leaving Wolverton Media any time soon!
RACHAEL TROTTER is a freshman theatre studies BA at Montclair. She hopes to one day be a theatre director in a school setting.
Tyler Weakland is an undergraduate at Westminster Choir College studying Sacred Music with concentrations in piano and voice. He currently studies piano with Ingrid Clarfield and voice with Dr. Kathy Price. Tyler is a conductor and collaborative pianist. He has studied conducting with James Jordan, Amanda Quist, Joe Miller, Steve Pilkington, and Tom Shelton, and made his international conducting debut at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Austria. Tyler was a conducting fellow at the Choral Music Institute at Oxford in the summer of 2014, studying with James Jordan and James Whitbourn, where he conducted the Grammy nominated Williamson Voices. Tyler has extensive experience accompanying choirs, having worked with conductors such as Weston Noble, Charles Bruffy, Vance George, Bruce Chamberlain, Ed MClary, Simon Halsey, Linda Tedford, and Richard Bjella, in addition to his work with James Jordan, Joe Miller, and Amanda Quist while at Westminster. He has also worked closely with, and accompanied such performers as J.J. Penna, Sharon Sweet, Laquita Mitchell, Elizabeth Sutton, and Rochelle Ellis. Tyler performed with the world-renowned Westminster Concert Bell Choir on their 2013 National Tour under the direction of Kathy-Ebling Shaw. He currently sings in and accompanies the Westminster Choir under the direction of Dr. Joe Miller. Tyler plays the trumpet, works as a freelance accompanist, and is the Choir Director at the First Presbyterian Church of Hamilton Square.
98:4 BAND is the praise team from The First Presbyterian Church of Hamilton Square, NJ. They perform during the contemporary 11:30am service.