Artistic Staff

Lynnel Joy Jenkins
Artistic Director
Conductor, Concert Choir and Ensemble

Lynnel Joy Jenkins is Artistic Director of the Princeton Girlchoir and choral teacher at the Timberlane Middle School of the Hopewell Valley Regional School District in Pennington, New Jersey. Dr. Jenkins' varied conducting and teaching experience ranges from the elementary to collegiate level. She served as Assistant Professor of Music Education at Westminster Choir College of Rider University and Conductor of the Resident Training Choir at the American Boychoir in Princeton, New Jersey.

Dr. Jenkins is a choral music educator of international stature, having lectured and conducted in China, Hong Kong, Iceland, and South Africa. Jenkins has conducted honor choruses for three divisional and several state conferences for the American Choral Directors Association, one national conference for the Organization for American Kodály Teachers, numerous all-state choruses and choral festivals, and presented interest sessions for these professional music associations.

She currently serves on the conducting staff for the Vocal Arts Camp of the James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Prior to this position, Jenkins was on the conducting staff of the Temple University Children’s Choir in Temple University’s Music Preparatory Division where she served for three seasons. In her last year with Temple, she was the Associate Music Director of that ensemble. A former music specialist at the Haverford School in Haverford, Pennsylvania, she developed and implemented a general music program for elementary school children based on the pedagogy of Kodály. She served on the teaching staff for Kodály Certification Programs at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas and Westminster Choir College. Jenkins shares her approach to choral pedagogy in a chapter she wrote for the The School Choral Program: Philosophy, Planning, Organizing, and Teaching published by GIA.

Recognizing her contributions to the field of music education, Westminster Choir College inducted Jenkins into the Music Education Alumni Hall of Fame and presented her with the Alumni Merit Award. Jenkins earned degrees from Westminster Choir College of Rider University (B.M.), Temple University (M.M.) and University of Arizona (D.M.A.), and at the first two institutions was awarded the Elaine Brown Conducting Award.

Fred Meads
Education Director
Conductor, Quarter Notes and Eighth Notes

Mr. Meads has been director of choirs in public and private schools, churches and at the collegiate level for the past twenty-five years, most recently as Director of Vocal Studies at the American Boychoir School. From 1999–2009, he was Artistic Director of the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir in Fort Wayne, IN, where he led the group on national and international tours, prepared the choir for annual symphonic engagements, and commissioned works from diverse and renowned composers. Mr. Meads has been invited to conduct various honor choirs and all-state choirs in Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Nebraska and Ohio. In 2014, he conducted the Northwest ACDA Division Children’s Honor Choir in Seattle and in 2011 he led the Organization of Kodály Educators National Children’s Honor Choir in Phoenix. Internationally, he traveled to Hong Kong to present choral workshops for music educators and the Yip Children’s Choir. Mr. Meads has also presented workshops for the Indiana Music Educators Association, ACDA, OAKE and Westminster Choir College. He has served on the boards of both the Indiana Choral Directors Association and the New Jersey Choral Directors Association.

Mr. Meads has been director of choirs in public and private schools, churches and at the collegiate level for the past twenty-five years. From 1999–2009, he was Artistic Director of the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir in Fort Wayne, IN, where he led the group on national and international tours, prepared the choir for annual symphonic engagements, and commissioned works from diverse and renowned composers. Mr. Meads has been invited to conduct various honor choirs and all-state choirs in Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Nebraska and Ohio. In 2014, he conducted the Northwest ACDA Division Children’s Honor Choir in Seattle and in 2011 he led the Organization of Kodály Educators National Children’s Honor Choir in Phoenix. Internationally, he traveled to Hong Kong to present choral workshops for music educators and the Yip Children’s Choir. Mr. Meads has also presented workshops for the Indiana Music Educators Association, ACDA, OAKE and Westminster Choir College. He has served on the boards of both the Indiana Choral Directors Association and the New Jersey Choral Directors Association.

Mr. Meads received the Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Ithaca College, NY and the Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He completed his Kodály training at Capital University in Columbus, OH where he was a scholarship recipient. He was selected as a participant in master classes for Chorus America and the Toronto Children’s Chorus and was a recipient of the Excellence in Arts Award when living in Fort Wayne, IN.

Fred Meads is enjoying his eighth year on the staff of the Princeton Girlchoir. He first served as an accompanist for Semi-Tones and now leads the Quarter Notes and Eighth Notes. In addition, Mr. Meads is spearheading the inaugural season of PGC's Boychoir Division, while working to expand its music education offerings for our existing families and the broader community.

Melissa Keylock
Associate Director
Conductor, Grace Notes and Semi-Tones

Melissa Keylock is Music Director at Pennsylvania Girl Choir and Assistant Artistic Director of Commonwealth Youthchoirs. She is in her tenth year as Associate Director of the Princeton Girlchoir, conducting the Semi-Tones and Grace Notes choirs. She is the Founder of the Children Making a Difference benefit concert, which in nine years has raised over $25,000 for non-profit organizations. Since 2014, she has served as Adjunct Professor at Rider University, supervising graduate music education student teachers. For the past several years, Melissa worked as Director of Admissions and Recruitment at the American Boychoir School, and conducted the Boychoir’s community after-school program. Prior to that, she worked at the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, and taught public and private school, including K-12 vocal music and AP Music Theory. Melissa has spent her career in various leadership positions in the American Choral Directors Association. Currently she serves as its Eastern Division Repertoire and Resources Chair for Youth Choirs.

Melissa Keylock holds an undergraduate degree in music education from Wheaton College and a master of music in conducting from Butler University, where she directed the collegiate Women's Glee Club. Melissa completed her Kodály studies at Capital University, Orff Level One at Kansas State University, and is listed in Who's Who in American Women. She enjoys traveling as a guest clinician and presenter at choral conferences and festivals. Past engagements include Fellowship of American Baptist Musicians in Wisconsin, Kentucky Music Educator’s Conference Children’s Choir, North Carolina Sings! Women's Choir, First Coast Honor Choir in Florida, New Jersey Children's Honor Choir, Appleton Boychoir, Pennsylvania Elementary Song Fest, Philadelphia Festival of Young Musicians, New Jersey Intermediate Chorus, seven Circle the State With Song festivals in Indiana, and serving as Artist in Residence at the Peck School. She regularly leads teacher workshops, including the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools, New Jersey Music Educators Association, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, and New Jersey chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, and the New School for Music Study. She is a Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor, who infuses yoga breathing, strength, balance, and posture into her choral rehearsals. Melissa and co-writer Jill Friedersdorf have published over twenty songs, which have sold over 100,000 copies. Their compositions and arrangements are published with Colla Voce, Chorister's Guild, and Hal Leonard Publishing. 

John Wilson
Associate Director
Conductor, Cantores

John Wilson is the choral director at Bridgewater-Raritan High School where he conducts seven ensembles. His choirs have consistently received superior and first-place ratings in festivals throughout the state, earning praise most recently for performances of Gustav Holst’s Hymns from the Rig-Veda. Mr. Wilson’s ensembles have performed at major venues in the New York/New Jersey area under the baton of Ryan Brandau, Alan Raines, Lee Nelson, and Andrew Megill.

John has served as a conducting fellow at the 2014 Yale School of Music Choral Conducting Workshop, held in Norfolk, Connecticut, where he worked with Simon Carrington. In June of 2014, Mr. Wilson worked with Harold Farberman, Guillermo Figueroa, and Eduardo Navega at Bard College’s Orchestral Conducting Institute. For the last two years, Mr. Wilson served on the faculty at Westminster Choir College’s High School Vocal Institute, where he conducted the women’s choir and led classes in conducting.

Mr. Wilson is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting at Rutgers University, where he also teaches courses in music education and assists Dr. Patrick Gardner in the musical preparation of the prestigious Rutgers University Glee Club and Kirkpatrick Choir.

In addition to his work as a teacher and conductor, John is also active as a professional singer. He has performed as a soloist in J.S. Bach’s B Minor Mass (2012) and G.F. Handel’s Israel In Egypt (2013) with the Westminster Chamber Choir and Orchestra in Princeton. John is delighted to be a part of the Princeton Girlchoir family, and is looking forward to working with the wonderful singers of the Cantores ensemble!

James Lubrano
Accompanist
Cantores and Eighth Notes

James Lubrano has been on faculty at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) as a collaborative pianist and vocal coach since 2004. He has served in this capacity for the NJ American Choral Directors Association (NJ-ACDA) Collegiate, High School, and Elementary All-State Choral Festivals, the NJ Governor’s School of the Arts, the NJ Music Educators Association (NJMEA) State Conference, NJMEA All-State Mixed and Treble Chorus, and the following ensembles of Central Jersey Music Educators Association (CJMEA): High School Mixed and Treble Chorus, Intermediate and Elementary Treble Chorus. He currently accompanies for the Celebration Singers, Princeton Girlchoir’s Eighth Notes and Cantores, the choirs at Edison, Hillsborough, Somerville and Woodbridge High Schools, as well as the TCNJ choirs.

Mr. Lubrano recently premiered Dan Forrest's Jubilate Deo at Carnegie Hall, under the direction of Henry Leck. He has coached Broadway performers, soloists of the Metropolitan Opera, and has prepared and performed with various ensembles at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. He has performed in the UNICEF/Steinway “Peace Piano” World Tour Showcase, the Colorado College Summer Chamber Music Festival, and Lied Austria International. Mr. Lubrano performed at the 69th Annual Midwest Clinic with the Eastern Wind Symphony, and the 2016 ACDA Eastern Division Conference with the New Jersey Youth Chorus. He has also served as Music Director/Accompanist for nearly 150 musical theater productions.

Mr. Lubrano holds a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano Performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, where he studied with Barbara Gonzalez-Palmer. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Statistics from The College of New Jersey.

Ryan Brechmacher
Accompanist
Concert Choir

Ryan Brechmacher is an active performer, composer, teacher and pianist. Originally from Bowling Green, Ohio, Ryan Brechmacher earned his Bachelor of Music degree in both Piano Performance/Pedagogy and Theory/Composition, studying with Ingrid Clarfield and Stefan Young at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. As a solo performer he has given recitals in Ohio and New Jersey, and has served as an accompanist for the Westminster Youth Chorale, Voices Chorale, and many singers and instrumentalists in the area. He has taught at Bowling Green State University's Summer Piano Camps, Westminster's Middle School Piano Camp with Lillian Livingston and at Westminster's High School Piano Camps with Ingrid Clarfield.

An accomplished composer, his works have been heard throughout the United States and Europe. He has had pieces premiered by the Westminster Schola Cantorum, Westminster Youth Chorale, Bowling Green Junior High School Bands, the Bowling Green Area Community Band, VOICES Chorale, Princeton Day School choirs, and Princeton Girlchoir's Concert Choir and Quarter Notes. His piece, "The Lobster Quadrille", was the winner of the 2010 Cincinnati Children's Choir Composition Competition and has recently been published by Alfred Music Publishing.

Mr. Brechmacher has been teaching private piano lessons at Princeton Day School since the Fall of 2008, where he also serves as the Staff Accompanist.

Allison Shinnick
Accompanist
Grace Notes and Semi-Tones

Allison Shinnick is an active collaborator and treasures opportunities to experience the collaborative process from various vantage points as pianist, oboist, and singer. Allison’s recent collaborative highlights include performances as harpsichordist for Bach's St. Matthew Passion with Dr. Robert Bode and UMKC Conservatory Singers in Dallas, TX, and in Kansas City, MO, as part of the 2016 Southwest ACDA's conference. Allison especially enjoys working with young singers and was the former accompanist of Primo and Bel Canto choirs of the Lawrence Academy of Music Girl Choir program (Appleton, WI), and has accompanied many elementary and high school choirs.

Ms. Shinnick teaches piano at the New School for Music Study in Kingston, NJ. Dedicated to contributing to the field of pedagogy, she recently presented at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) national conference held in Baltimore, MD, and has presented twice at MTNA's collegiate pedagogy symposia.

Allison completed a Masters of Music in Piano Performance at University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, where she studied with Dr. Robert Weirich. Allison completed a Bachelor of Music degree from Lawrence University Conservatory of Music (Appleton, WI) with majors in piano performance and oboe performance and a minor in German. She studied piano with Dr. Catherine Kautsky, oboe with Howard Niblock, and pedagogy with Mary Van De Loo.

Stefanie Watson
Accompanist
Quarter Notes and Ensemble

Stefanie Watson enjoys being active in a wide variety of musical facets in addition to her work as staff pianist and as music director for Lyric Theatre at TCNJ: recital collaborator, educator, choral pianist, and church musician. She has recently performed in and organized recitals in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and her home state of Maryland. In addition, she served as staff pianist for Lied Austria International, a month-long summer program near Graz, Austria that focused on intense study of German art song and poetry.

A founding member of The Edwin Trio, a Baltimore-based chamber ensemble, and now a member of the Perseid Trio, Stefanie continues to be active in chamber music as a participant and employee of the Bennington Chamber Music Conference in Bennington, Vermont, and through performances in the New York City Bar Association’s Chamber Music Series.

Stefanie is on the faculty at Arcadia University in Glenside, PA, where she teaches private piano and collaborates with colleagues to teach courses with the Theater and Psychology departments, in addition to accompanying vocal activities and serving as vocal coach. She also maintains a private teaching studio and is director of music at Emanuel Lutheran Church in New Brunswick where she serves as organist/pianist, choir director, and director of handbells/handchimes. Additionally, Stefanie has served as pianist for the Hopewell Valley Chorus since 2013. Stefanie holds an M.M. degree in Collaborative Piano from Rutgers University and a B.A. in Piano Performance from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she was a Linehan Scholar and minored in Spanish.

Founder and Artistic Director Emerita

Janet Westrick, founder of the Princeton Girlchoir, retired in 2009 after twenty years of devoted leadership. An accomplished music educator and choral director for over forty years, she also was a member of the music faculty at Princeton Day School for twenty-two years, and for six of those years, she was Head of Music and Performing Arts before retiring in 2005. She is an honors graduate of Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, has done graduate work at Western Michigan University and Westminster Choir College, and is certified in both Kodály and Orff instruction. A life member of the American Choral Directors Association, Ms. Westrick has served that organization in committee and conference work. She has presented workshops at Westminster Choir College and was a presenter at the American Boychoir National Choral Conference in 2002 and 2003. Her peers recognize her as a specialist in drawing out the very best from children's voices. She was the 1997 recipient of the Women of Distinction Award for the World of the Arts presented by the Delaware-Raritan Valley Girl Scout Council, and a recipient of the 2005 Princeton YWCA Tribute to Women Award. Ms. Westrick currently serves as parish musician at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Kendall Park, New Jersey and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Trenton Community Music School.

It has been my joy and privilege to shepherd and watch the Girlchoir grow into the strong and vibrant organization it is today. I look forward to watching its continuing evolution, and to listening to much beautiful music in the future from all our wonderful girls. In addition, I hope to keep in touch with our many alumnae members.