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.

Jamie Bunce
Associate Director
Conductor, Cantores

Jamie Bunce is proud to be the Director of Choral Activities at Columbia High School, where she directs Chorus, Combined Chorus, Symphonic Choir, Vocal Ensemble, the Excelsior Singers, Canens Vocem, and BroChoir in addition to teaching AP Music Theory.

Under her direction, the choirs of Columbia High School receive consistently superior ratings at festivals and have been described by adjudicators as “virtuosic, “sophisticated” and “inspiring.” The choirs perform a wide variety of high quality choral literature at concerts, festivals and conventions throughout the state and often collaborate with groups such as the South Orange Symphony, the Rutgers University Alumni Wind Symphony, the Society of Musical Arts, and the Maplewood Glee Club. Recent collaborations include Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” with Summit Chorale, “Selections from ‘Candide’” with the Society of Musical Arts Orchestra and the New Jersey Repertory Opera, and “Psalms to Brahms!” including Leonard Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms” with the Summit Chorale. The Excelsior Singers recently completed the ensemble’s first professionally recorded album, “Horizons,” with multi-Grammy nominated recording engineer John Baker.

Active as a guest conductor, musical director, arranger, and clinician throughout New Jersey, Ms. Bunce has been featured in Chorus America for bringing early music into the high school choral classroom. She has served as rehearsal conductor for the All-State Treble Chorus and Region I High School Women’s Chorus, and has conducted the Sussex County Honors Chorus and the Region I Junior High School Mixed Chorus. Additionally, she represents Region I on the NJMEA All-State Choral Procedures Committee.

Ms. Bunce also supervises, directs and arranges for the CHS contemporary a cappella program, featuring the award-winning Unaccompanied Minors. The UM performs custom arrangements of popular songs throughout NJ and has appeared on national television, including performances of the national anthem at Red Bull games and a spot on Lifetime Television’s reality series, “Pitch Slapped.”

A New Jersey native, Ms. Bunce holds a Master of Music Education degree with distinction with a concentration in choral pedagogy from Westminster Choir College of Rider University and a Bachelor of Music degree with honors from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

Associate Director
Conductor, Grace Notes and Semi-Tones

Tom T. Shelton, Jr. is a native of Greensboro, N.C. and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he earned both a Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Choral Conducting. He is Associate Professor of Sacred Music at Westminster Choir College. Focusing on children’s and youth music at Westminster, he teaches classes in conducting, sacred music, music education and coordinates and conducts the Neighborhood Children’s Choir Program. In addition, he is the Director of Music for Children’s and Youth Choirs at Princeton United Methodist Church.

Mr. Shelton has a passion for music education in all areas: church, school and community. He taught middle school choral music in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County for 18 years. During that time he was selected Teacher of the Year for both Atkins Middle School and Kernersville Middle School. In 1999 the North Carolina Music Educators Association presented him with the North Carolina Middle School Music Teacher of the Year award.

Mr. Shelton is active with the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), currently serving as the National President. Other ACDA leadership positions have included Southern Division President (2011-2012), National R&S Chair for Middle School/Junior High Choirs (2007-2009) and North Carolina President (2005-2007).

Mr. Shelton has conducted festivals and honor choirs in 20 states as well as Hong Kong. He has conducted Choral Festivals in Carnegie Hall, Honor Choirs for the Central Division ACDA and Southern Division ACDA, as well as All State Choirs in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina and South Carolina. He is the Series Director for the Music for Young Voices Series with GIA Publications and has over 50 compositions published by Choristers Guild, Colla Voce Music, G. Schirmer, Galaxy, GIA Publications, Growing in Grace Curriculum, Heritage Music Press, Hinshaw Music Company, Musicspoke.com, Santa Barbara Music Press, and Walton Music.

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.

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.

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.

Accompanist
Eight Notes, Apprentice Choir
Accompanist
Treble Choir, Young Men's Ensemble
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.