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Local Musicians to Perform at Creche Christmas Celebration


Soprano Jamie Baer Peterson, a New Providence resident, will perform at the third annual Community Crèche Christmas Celebration at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Morristown on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 7:10 p.m. Peterson will be joined by Sariah Johnson on the cello and Lois Buesser on the piano.  

Their performance is part of the three-day event featuring hundreds of nativities from around the world and musical performances by dozens of local musicians. The event, which is free and open to the public, is a unique collaboration of the community. Volunteers lend, design and stage the nativities in the exhibit hall, and all of the musicians, amateurs and professionals alike, donate their time.

“It is rare for music lovers to have an opportunity to listen to musicians of the caliber of Peterson, Johnson, and Buesser for free,”  Creche music director Marco Vergara noted. “We hope many music lovers will come to their performance.”

Jamie Baer Peterson, a native of Minnesota was educated at the Eastman School of Music and began her opera career as an apprentice with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Her career as an opera singer lead her throughout the United States, Canada, and France singing leading roles with L'Opera de Nice, Santa Fe Opera, New York City Opera, and Minnesota Opera among others.

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A soloist with the symphonies of Dallas, Atlanta, Hartford, Omaha, Princeton, and Westfield, Ms. Peterson has also sung in two national broadcasts with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Ms. Peterson teaches voice at Monmouth University and at Wharton Music Center.

Sariah Mourik Johnson, who was raised in Germany, began her musical studies at age 7 with Maike Bittner-Kunstreich at the Dr. Hoch’s Conservatory in Frankfurt. She immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 20 and graduated with a Masters Degree in Cello Performance and Pedagogy from Brigham Young University, where she studied with Roger Drinkall.

Since then, Sariah has been an avid chamber music player.  While her husband finished his MBA in Chicago, Sariah organized string quartets to perform for weddings and special events. During her 13 years in New York City, she played in the Jupiter Symphony under Jens Nygaard and organized and taught music classes for the young at the Early Ear Music School on the Upper West Side.  She is currently raising her four children in Short Hills, New Jersey, where she plays in community concerts, and where she joined the PEL trio. Sariah enjoys playing on her Bohemian cello built in the mid 1800s in Markneukirchen.

Lois Buesser has performed as piano soloist, accompanist, singer, and club-band keyboardist. She has sung in chamber choruses, entertained troops with the USO\DOD in Europe and Asia, and has been the music director for area theaters and schools. Ms. Buesser bi-annually performs "Lois Buesser's Musical Extravaganza” at St Mark's Episcopal Church in Basking Ridge where she is the organist. She also directs the Humdingers, a women's touring troupe in the Montclair area and is the music director at Ridge Light Opera. Originally from Oklahoma, Ms. Buesser lives in Boonton.

Hours for the exhibit are Friday, 5 December 6-8:30 p.m., Saturday, 6 December 4-8:30 p.m., and Sunday, 7 December 2-7 p.m. For the most up-to-date information on the schedule musical performers visit or

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