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Wharton Music Center Announces New Musical Theatre Arts Faculty

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Wharton Music Center (WMC) is pleased to announce the addition of new Musical Theatre Arts faculty members Timothy Cole, Caitlin Knowles, Lisa Kosak, Alyssa Mannarino, and David Seamon to its roster of professional teaching artists. The instructors joined WMC for the start of the Fall 2015 season.

Timothy Maureen Cole, soprano, holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Ithaca College and a Master of Music in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College. Recent appearances include Cask of Amontillado at The National Opera Center, Acis and Galatea, La Boheme and Pagliacci.. Previous roles include Adina in Elixir of Love and Marie in La fille du Regiment. Ms. Cole will be teaching private voice lessons as well as WMC’s Disney and More…Children’s Vocal Ensemble.

Caitlin Knowles holds a degree in Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Montclair State University and has appeared at The Actors Fund Arts Center in Brooklyn, Leschowitz Hall and Tudor City Greens. She has taught at Making Moves Dance in Passaic and The Connection for Women and Children in Summit. She has interned for Steffi Nossen Adult Moving Wheel and Heels, Freespace Dance Company, and the Sonrise Program. She has served as a senior counselor for WMC’s Musical Theatre Arts camp for three consecutive years. Ms. Knowles will be teaching Explorations in Musical Theatre.

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Lisa Kosak, an alumna of WMC’s Musical Theatre Arts Department, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from Centenary College. She has appeared with Theatre Next Door, Centenary Stage Company, and Infused Quirk Productions. She has participated in dance and acting workshops with Moe-tion Dance, Nimbus Dance Works Company and Parallel Exit. She served as junior and senior counselor for WMC’s Musical Theatre Arts camp from 2009-2013. Ms. Kosak will be teaching Pathways to Dance and Pathways to Musical Theatre, as well as serving as intern for the Musical Theatre Arts Company class.

Alyssa Mannarino, an alumna of WMC’s Musical Theatre Arts Department, has appeared at WMC as Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Hope Cladwell in Urinetown. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a concentration in Voice from Muhlenberg College and has performed throughout New Jersey and New York, including Le Dome in West Orange and Don't Tell Mama in NYC. She is currently pursuing a Master of Music Therapy degree at Montclair State University. Ms. Mannarino will be teaching Pathways to Musical Theatre and Explorations in Musical Theatre.

Pianist, singer, and composer David Seamon, a graduate of Rutgers University, has worked on stage and behind the scenes for community theater, regional theater, and Off Broadway. He is a Teaching Artist at the George Street Playhouse, where he has composed music for original plays written by New Brunswick public school students, as well as composed and arranged for a mainstage event, Our Town Now (2014). In the Spring of 2015, David composed four original musicals about the Industrial Revolution which were performed at the George Street Playhouse. At The Workshop Theater in Manhattan, Mr. Seamon worked one-on-one with a songwriter to arrange and transcribe a full length musical, The Kingdom of Vincent Grapelli (2015). He composed the award-winning score to the short film Melody, which screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014, receiving the Silver Tripod Award, Campus Moviefest. David is a certified cantor, voice and piano teacher, and avid songwriter and performer. David joins the WMC faculty as the Musical Theatre Arts Company Instrumental Ensemble Director.

Says Musical Theatre Arts Director Angela Beaton, “As we embark on another season at WMC with new and exciting classes, including the Musical Theatre Arts Company and Conservatory, I’m pleased to announce the addition of these new teaching artists to our musical theatre team. They each bring unique skills and backgrounds to the table, and I am especially delighted to see our alumnae returning to pass their knowledge on to the next generation.”

The Wharton Music Center’s mission is to provide the highest quality performing arts education to a wide range of students in a supportive and inclusive environment, where striving for personal excellence inspires and connects those we teach to the communities we serve.

Wharton is New Jersey’s largest independent non-profit community performing arts center serving over 1,400 students through a range of classes and ensembles including the 14 ensembles of the New Jersey Youth Symphony which serves 500 students in grades 3 - 12. Beginning with Early Childhood music classes for infants and toddlers, WMC offers private lessons, group classes and ensembles for all ages and all abilities. We believe in the positive and unifying influence of music and the performing arts and believe that arts education should be accessible to all people regardless of their ability to pay. We teach all instruments and voice and have a robust musical theatre program.

The Paterson Music Project is Wharton’s El Sistema-inspired program held at the Community Charter School of Paterson and Paterson Public School 1/26. Students receive 6 hours of intensive music instruction each week with the goal of creating social change through the ambitious pursuit of musical excellence.

Wharton Music Center is located in Berkeley Heights, New Providence and Paterson, NJ and reaches students from 13 counties. All of WMC’s extraordinary faculty members and conductors hold degrees in their teaching specialty and have been vetted and trained to enable our students to achieve their personal best. 

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