Dr. Zoe Browder Doll (Young Maestros) is the Piano Faculty Chair at the Mason Gross Extension Division and the Coordinator of the Young Maestros Program. Dr. Browder Doll received her DMA and MM in Piano Performance from Stony Brook University and her BM in Piano Performance from the University of North Texas. She also studied with Tomoko Mukaiyama in Amsterdam under a Fulbright Scholarship. In 2000, Dr. Browder Doll made her New York debut at Carnegie Hall and was an Artist-in-Residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada. In 2007, Dr. Browder Doll had her article “Phantom Rhythms, Hidden Harmonies: The Use of the Sostenuto Pedal in Berio’s Sequenza IV for Piano, Leaf and Sonata” published in Berio’s Sequenzas: Essays on Performance, Composition and Analysis.
Dr. Browder Doll works with children of all ages and adults of all skill levels.
Hyeri Choi (Suzuki: Violin) holds her DMA and MM in Violin Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, studying with Prof. Mikhail Kopelman since 2007. She received her BM from Ewha Woman’s University in Korea, and she earned her Orchestra Performance Certificate as a full scholarship and stipend recipient at TOHO Orchestra Academy, where she had studied with Prof. Hamao Fujiwara in Japan. As a scholarship fellow, Ms. Choi also participated in several summer festivals including the Kirishima International Music Festival (Japan), Music Alp Festival (France), and the Music Academy of the West (USA).
Ms. Choi is a passionate solo, chamber, and orchestra musician. As a soloist, she made her New York debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall as the First Prize Winner of 2014 American Protégé International String and Piano Competition. During her time at Eastman, Ms. Choi gave a solo recital in the Musicales Concert Series at the George Eastman House in 2012, and presented several different recitals.
Michael Donahue (Suzuki: Guitar) has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and accompanist in Manhattan, Boston, and New Jersey at Greenfield Hall, Jordan Hall, St. Botolph Hall, Pforzheimer Hall, Myers Hall, and Schare Hall. He was the director and featured performer of a benefit concert titled Harmonies for Healing, which raised money for Denville’s disaster victims of Hurricane Irene.
Mr. Donahue has dedicated himself to teaching and has seven years of extensive experience with students at all ages and levels. Mr. Donahue specializes in teaching classical guitar but also branches out into commercial styles to give his students a well-rounded perspective. He is the classical guitar instructor at Camp MSM, Manhattan School of Music’s summer camp for pre-college musicians. In addition to his own studio in Chatham, New Jersey, he teaches at the Areté Music Academy in Fort Lee, NJ. Mr. Donahue also taught at the Kean University Conservatory of Music. A native of Denville, New Jersey, Mr. Donahue first studied guitar with Eliot Fisk at the “Wiener Meisterkurse” in Vienna, Austria, and then received his BM in Guitar Performance from the New England Conservatory in Boston and an MM in Guitar Performance from the Manhattan School of Music.
Judith Morse (Suzuki: Violin) is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music in New York, where she received her BM in Violin Performance, and an MA and Ed.M from Columbia University. Ms. Morse studied violin with Raphael Bronstein and conducting with Anton Coppola, George Manahan, Adrian Gnam, Julius Kalmar and Yuji Yusawa. She studied the Musin technique of conducting with Leonid Korchmar from the Kirvov Ballet and the Leningrad Conservatory, and Oleg Proskurnya from the St. Petersberg Conservatory. Upon completion of her BM, Ms. Morse studied conducting in Vienna at the Conservatory of Music with Julius Kalmar and Yuji Yusawa, where she received an artist’s diploma. Judith was one of twelve conductors selected internationally to train with Kurt Masur in New York in 1996 and 1997.
As a violinist, Judith Morse has performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Lyric Opera House, Baltimore, Radio City Music Hall, and venues throughout the entire East Coast. She has performed with Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra. Jr., Mannheim Steamroller, Anne Murray, Dawn Langstroth, LeAnn Rimes, Clay Aiken, Bobby Vinton, Dionne Warwick, Anthony Kearns and the Irish Tenors, Patti Lupone, Marvin Hamlisch, Linda Eder,IL Divo, Ronan Tyan, k.d. Lang and the American Ballet Orchestra.
Judith Morse is currently the Conductor and Music Director of the Edison Symphony Orchestra, a post that she has held since 2000. She is the tour conductor for Emmy and Golden Globe Actress Singer, Ann Jillian. Judith Morse is also on the faculty of the Westminster School of the Arts at Rider University and a member of Marquis Who’s Who in America 2007–2011, as well as their Who’s Who in the World in their 2010, 2011, and 2013 editions.
Veronica Parrales (Music Mind Games, Young Maestros, Suzuki: Cello, Violin & Piano), is an accomplished performer and experienced teacher in the tri-state area. As a Suzuki educator she has trained at School for Strings, Suzuki on the Green with Mark O’Connor, and many other renowned pedagogues. Ms. Parrales is a highly sought after teaching artist specializing in Suzuki in the schools, serving in outreach programs in urban communities.
She is currently the newest member of the New Jersey Symphony El Sistema based program CHAMPS in Newark, NJ. Previously, she taught in public schools for Third Street Music School Settlement’s Music Instruction in the Lower East Side community outreach program for 5 years. Ms. Parrales recently won the title of Assistant Principal Cello for the Baton Rouge Symphony and continues to pursue an active performance career. Ms. Parrales has been on the faculty of Mason Gross Extension Division for three years and teaches Suzuki cello, piano, violin; Young Maestros, Music Mind Games, and improvisation.
Kelly Wieand (Music Together, Music Together: Big Kids) knows firsthand the powerful role parents play in supporting a child’s musical development. She studied piano and dance throughout her childhood, and she studied voice for a number of years as an adult. But the strongest influence on her musical development were the years of playing piano duets with her dad.
Kelly holds a PhD in Mathematics from Harvard University, and she worked as a mathematician until the birth of her son Evan in 2003. She first experienced the Music Together program as a parent, taking Evan to a class when he was 10 months old. The program’s strong emphasis on family involvement resonated with Kelly’s own experience growing up, and she decided to become a Music Together teacher so that she could share the program with other families. Kelly is a Certification Level 1 Music Together teacher, and she has been teaching since 2005. In addition to piano, Kelly plays guitar and recorder in her Music Together classes.
Kelly has enjoyed watching her son’s interests develop, and she was especially excited last spring when she and Evan started working on one of the same piano duets that she had played with her dad. In addition to supporting her son’s interests, she keeps busy with her own activities. In the fall of 2014, Kelly started taking tap and ballet classes again after a 20 year break. She also sings with Aura Polyphonica, an early music choral group based in New Brunswick.