Mr. Kason Jackson, Co-Artistic Director; Conductor of the Scarlet Singers and the Chorale
Kason Jackson is the Director of Vocal Music at Carteret High School. Mr. Jackson holds a bachelor of music degree in music education with a concentration in voice from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.
At Carteret High School, Mr. Jackson developed a vocal program with three curricular levels (Concert Choir, Chorale, & Chamber Choir) with more than 100 students participating. Under his direction, his choirs consistently received superior ratings at festivals and competitions including Music in the Parks, Heritage Music Festival, NJACDA High School Choral Festival & ICHSA Competition.
As a choral artist, Mr. Jackson has performed in venues around the world including New York’s Lincoln Center (Alice Tully Hall), Yankee Stadium, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Gloucester Cathedral (United Kingdom), London’s Chapel of the Old Royal Naval College, the University of Utrect in Utrect, Netherlands and more.
An active member of the National Association for Music Education, the American Choral Directors Association, and the New Jersey Music Educators Association, Mr. Jackson frequently attends state & regional conferences and professional development clinics to further his growth as a musician, conductor, and educator.
Ms. Megan Kalberer, Co-Artistic Director; Conductor of the Chamber Singers and the Chorale
Megan Kalberer is a graduate of Mason Gross School of the Arts where she earned a bachelor’s degree in music education and studied classical voice. While at Mason Gross, Megan performed several roles in the operas including Dorabella in Così fan Tutte, L’Enfant in L’Enfant et les sortilèges, Cupid in Venus and Adonis, and Sister Mathilde in Dialogues of the Carmélites. Other credits include Trial by Jury, Acis and Galatea, and Candide. Most recently Megan can be heard as a soloist on the New Jersey Chamber Singers’ recording of the Faure Requiem. She was also a member of the Kirkpatrick Choir under the direction of Dr. Patrick Gardner for four years, singing at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center twice and singing for former President Obama. Megan has also attended the International Vocal Arts Institute summer program for opera in New York City. In addition to classical voice, Megan has a background in musical theatre. Some of her favorite roles she has performed include Sally Brown in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Olive in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Elle Woods in Legally Blonde. She also has experience directing music at such shows as Mary Poppins, Bye Bye Birdie, and Little Shop of Horrors. Megan currently teaches vocal and general music at T. Schor Middle School in Piscataway where she directs the choirs and serves as the advisor for the Drama Club.
Ms. Christina Nigro, Conductor of the Choristers
Christina Nigro is a graduate of the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education with a concentration in voice. While at Mason Gross, Christina studied classical voice with Judith Nicosia. Under her direction, she was the winner of the Rutgers Chamber Music Competition. She also was a member of the Voorhees Choir for four years and was a soloist for many of their concerts. Christina has performed with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at New Jersey Performing Arts Center and the State Theatre at a young age. Christina has interned with the Rutgers Children’s Choir & Scarlet Singers conducting ensembles and assisting with program coordination. Christina is a certified K-12 music instructor and also teaches private piano and voice lessons.
Susan Davies, Piano
Ms. Davies holds a Bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She has been the Minister of Music at the Holmdel Community United Church of Christ in Holmdel, NJ for over ten years, directing, playing organ, piano, mandolin, guitar, and leading all aspects of a diverse music program. She lives in Freehold, NJ with her three boys. Ms. Davies is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Mrs. Sterlacci and all the wonderful, talented conducting staff and youth.
Originally hailing from Maine, Samuel Rowe received his Bachelor of
Music degree in organ performance from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in May 2016, where he studied under Antonius Bittmann and Renée Anne Louprette.Currently the music director at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Montclair, NJ, Mr. Rowe served previously as Minister of Music at the United Methodist Church of New Brunswick, Director of Music at the Presbyterian Church of New Brunswick, and as organ scholar to Mr. Mark
Trautman at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Englewood. As a soloist, he has performed recitals at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Lewiston, ME, and at Christ Church Episcopal in New Brunswick, NJ. He has performed in masterclasses for Felix Hell, Dr. Kimberly Marshall, and Michel Bouvard. As a pianist, he has worked as a ballet accompanist for the Rutgers Dance Department, the Lustig Dance Theater, and the Cecchetti Council of America International Summer School in Holland, Michigan. He is also the pianist for the Newark Boys Chorus, and is a staff accompanist with the Rutgers Children’s Choir & Scarlet Singers.