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. Previous to these appointments, 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. She has also served as Associate Music Director of the Temple University Children’s Choir in Temple University’s Music Preparatory Division and music specialist at the Haverford School in Haverford, Pennsylvania.

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

She has developed and implemented choral programs inspired by the pedagogy and philosophy of Kodály. Her approach to choral pedagogy is shared in a chapter she wrote for the “School Choral Program: Philosophy, Planning, Organizing, and Teaching” published by GIA. Jenkins has served on the teaching staff for Kodály Certification Programs at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas and Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey.
Jenkins was inducted into the Music Education Alumni Hall of Fame and presented the Alumni Merit Award by Westminster Choir College for her contributions to the field of music education. She 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. She holds a certificate in Kodály pedagogy from Westminster Choir College of Rider University and level two Orff-Schulwerk certification.

Fred Meads
PGC Education Director & PBC Music Director
Conductor, Quarter Notes, Eighth Notes, Princeton Boychoir

Fred Meads holds several roles in the Princeton Girlchoir organization. He serves as Education Director and Conductor of two choirs in Princeton Girlchoir and Director of the Princeton Boychoir. Previously he was Director of Vocal Studies at the American Boychoir School for nine years.

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 Wyoming, Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Nebraska, Ohio and Oklahoma. In 2017 and 2011 he led the Organization of Kodály Educators National Children’s Honor Choirs. In 2014, he conducted the Northwest ACDA Division Children’s Honor Choir in Seattle. 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.

Associate Director
Conductor, Grace Notes and Semi-Tones

Melissa Keylock is in her eleventh year as Associate Director of the Princeton Girlchoir, conducting the Semi-Tones and Grace Notes choirs. She is also the Music Director of the Pennsylvania Girlchoir, and serves as the Assistant Director of the Commonwealth Youth Choirs. She is the Founder of the Children Making a Difference benefit concert, which in ten years has raised over $30,000 for nonprofit organizations. Since 2014, she has served as Adjunct Professor at Rider University, supervising graduate music education student teachers. She previously worked as Director of Admissions and Recruitment at the American Boychoir School, where she conducted the community afterschool boychoir 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 volunteer leadership in the American Choral Directors Association, where she currently serves as 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. She is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Emerging Leaders, and Who's Who in American Women.

She enjoys traveling as a guest clinician and presenter at choral conferences and festivals. Engagements include Music in the Parks, the Piedmont Invitational Choral Festival (NC), BCMEA MS Honor Choir (PA), Let Freedom Sing! National Girlchoir Festival in Philadelphia, Fellowship of American Baptist Musicians (WI), 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 (WI) 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. She teaches at several local yoga studios. Melissa Keylock was honored to conduct the National Girlchoir singing our National Anthem and an a cappella song prior to Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen at the final Hilary Clinton rally in Philadelphia, live in front of 40,000 attendees. Ms. Keylock and co-writer Jill Friedersdorf have published over twenty songs, and are published with Colla Voce, Chorister's Guild, Galaxy, 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
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
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
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
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.