Rebekah Sterlacci (Artistic Director; Conductor, Scarlet Singers, Chamber Singers, and Chorale) Mrs. Sterlacci holds a Master’s Degree in music education from Mason Gross School of the Arts and is currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree in educational leadership from Rowan University.
Mrs. Sterlacci’s research interests include creative education, arts integration, and social equity for LGBTQ students. She teaches vocal and general music at T. Schor Middle School in Piscataway, NJ, where she directs the Concert Choir and District Middle School Choir. As Drama Club advisor, she directs the fall and spring musical productions as well as the spring one-act play.
In 2012 Mrs. Sterlacci was the recipient of the Teachers Who Make Magic award as well as the Governor’s Teacher Award. Mrs. Sterlacci is on the faculty of two of the Extension Division’s summer camps: the ASTA/NJ Chamber Music Institute at Rutgers University, and Kids Create (ages 5-12). Additionally, Mrs. Sterlacci has been invited to make presentations at education and music conferences, most recently at the New Jersey Association of Middle-Level Educators (NJAMLE) conference. Mrs. Sterlacci is grateful for the love and support of the men in her life; her husband Jason and her son Jonas.
Christina Toulios (Assistant Director; Conductor, Choristers & Little Knights)
Miss Toulios holds a Bachelor’s Degree in music education from Mason Gross School of the Arts. She teaches vocal and general music at McKinley and Lincoln Schools in Westfield, NJ. At McKinley School, Miss Toulios directs the 5th-grade chorus and their select chorus known as the McKinley Melodies. In addition to conducting the RCC Choristers, she is the lead teacher for Little Knights. Miss Toulios has performed in Mason Gross operas, with roles including Meg in Falstaff, Dorothee in Cendrillon, and Polly in The Beggar’s Opera. Last February she presented at the NJMEA convention on Creative Music Technology in the Classroom. She is very excited to be working with the Rutgers Children’s Choir, and would like to thank Mrs. Sterlacci for all her support.
Emily Reineke, Choral Intern
Ms. Reineke is a senior music education major at Mason Gross School of the Arts. Being involved with many performance based groups on campus, she can confidently say that RCC & SS have provided her with some of the most rewarding and inspiring experiences of her collegiate career. Ms. Reineke is excited to make her conducting debut and show-off the talent of these young singers!
Gayle Fuentes, Choral Intern
Ms. Fuentes is currently a senior music education major at Mason Gross School of the Arts. She loves being a part of ensembles and musical groups on campus and she especially loves being an intern with Rutgers Children’s Choir & Scarlet Singers. Ms. Fuentes has had a wonderful time working with the students and is proud of all the hard work they’ve done this semester. She would like to thank all of the students and staff for making this experience so enjoyable and fulfilling!
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.
Sam Rowe, Piano
Kay Madison, Piano Intern
Mr. Madison is an undergraduate piano performance major at Mason Gross School of the Arts. He is involved with many ensembles and clubs on campus, including Mason Gross Student Government. He also recently co-founded the Split the Lark contemporary music ensemble, which is now recognized and funded by Rutgers University. He has been accompanying the Choristers for two years and is very excited to be performing with them this year.