Singers

Danielle Kastner - Soprano 1


Danielle Kastner serves as conductor for the Community Choral Society in Vernon, NJ.  Ms. Kastner received a B.M in Classical Voice Performance with Music Education from William Paterson University. As a high school educator, her concert and madrigal choirs have received excellent ratings in competitions and festivals.  She has also served as music director for over a dozen musical productions around New Jersey. Ms. Kastner has lent her soprano voice to the acclaimed Pro Arte Chorale, Canta Lyrica, and the Canticum Sacrum Singers. Additionally, she has several recording credits, including Mascagni's opera Silvano . Ms. Kastner has appeared in concert at the PNC Bank Arts Center with the New Jersey Philharmonic, at Carnegie Hall, and at Avery Fisher Hall with the New York Philharmonic. Ms. Kastner makes her home in Vernon, NJ.

 

 
Shannon Craig - Soprano 2


Shannon is a vocal music teacher to students in grades 2-5 and the proud director of the 5 th Grade Chorus at Mechanicstown School in Middletown, NY.  She holds a bachelor's degree in music education from Ithaca College and a master's degree in music education from The University of Connecticut. 

Shannon has sung in the past with the New York All-State Mixed Chorus, Ithaca College Women's Chorale, the Ithaca College Choir, the Middletown City Chorale and the Warwick Valley Chorale.  She was also lucky enough to play the violin with the Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra. She performed the soprano solo in Saint-Seans' Christmas Oratorio with the Middletown City Chorale, the role of Lily in The Secret Garden at Ithaca College, the role of Jesus in an all-female version of Godspell, and has been a member of various cast ensembles. Shannon has also directed and musically directed many student musical production.

 
Jennifer Kitchin - Soprano 2



Jennifer Kitchin has worked as a commercial casting director for over a decade. She has cast numerous commercial campaigns over the years and has worked with actors of all ages.

Examples of her work have been seen in commercials for Dr. Scholl's, Pizza Hut, Crest, Hasbro, HSBC, Aleve, Total, CVS, LensCrafters, Tylenol, and Nickelodeon to name just a few. Jennifer also holds a BFA in musical theater from the University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music.

She performed nationally in shows such as Man of La Mancha, The Fantasticks, Carnival, The Pirates of Penzance, and The Will Rogers Follies. She also toured the country as a director with the Missoula Children's Theatre working with thousands of children. In addition to her theater training, Jennifer has a strong background in classical piano and has taught privately for a number of years.

Jennifer continues to work as a casting director and can offer guidance and perspective to students wishing to pursue the performing arts as a career. She is a member of AEA.

 

Shereen La Rae Way - Alto 1 and Soprano 1

 

 

Shereen La Rae Way is the vocal director and chorus teacher for Pearl River High School in Pearl River, New York. 

She has her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music Education and Inclusive Education from Nyack College. 

She has performed with the New York Grand Opera, Juilliard Choral Union and Chamber Choir, New Jersey State Opera, MidAmerica Productions, and most recently Hudson Lyric Opera as the Queen of the Night in Mozart's Magic Flute.

Visit Shereen's web site here:  www.wayprimadonna.com

 

Elizabeth Ward - Alto 1




Elizabeth Ward holds a B.A. in Music and Anthropology from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, where she studied voice, piano, and music theory.  

While there, she sang with the Concert Choir, served as a paid section leader for First Congregational Church, and performed in several musicals, most notably playing Luisa in  The Fantastiks . 

For the past ten years, she has sung with Boston-based Renaissance choir,  Vox Lucens , a group that focuses on historically accurate and lesser-known works of the 16th century.  A teacher by trade, she taught Social Studies and Music, and directed two musicals, Annie, Jr . and Fiddler on the Roof , Jr.,  before leaving to raise her two children, now 7 and 4.  She and her family relocated to Sparta, New Jersey in 2009.

 

 
Cliff Schlosser Loretto - Tenor 1


Zephyr is please to announced Cliff Loretto has joined the group as a Tenor 1.

Mike Yannuzzi - Tenor 2


Mike is a vocal/general music teacher to autistic and multiply disabled children ages 3-21, in Rockaway and Morristown NJ.  He has a bachelor's degree in music education and is currently working on his master's degree, both from Montclair State University.

Mike has been a working musician since the age of six, when he played his accordion for a family friend's communion party.  Since that illustrious beginning, Mike has gone on to perform with a wide variety of groups.  Mike has sung with The Orpheus Club, Ridgewood, NJ, the choir of the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Newark, NJ, and has also sung with the Opera Workshop at the Mannes School of Music in Manhattan.  He also spent many years as a barbershopper, singing tenor, and directing The Bloomfield Chorus on the Green.  For the past eighteen years, Mike has served as the choir director of the Oak Ridge Presbyterian Church in Oak Ridge, NJ.

For most of his adult life, Mike has been very active in community theater as an actor, director and musical director.  Some of his favorite roles have been Judas in Jesus Christ, Superstar, Harold Hill in The Music Man, and Sancho Panza in Man of LaMancha.

Mike has been a member of the band "Sandy & the Wanderers" for over 30 years, and has opened for the likes of Andy Williams, Asleep at the Wheel, and the Charlie Daniels Band. Mike is also the co-musical director for "The Steve Ames Show," on Comcast cable.

   
Ralph Wallace - Bass 2


Ralph Wallace has been performing since he was 9 years old, working with various local theatre groups such as Bernardsville Theater Group, Ridge Summer Players, and Trilogy Repertory Theater.  Favorite regional roles include Cliff Bradshaw in Cabaret with Black River Playhouse, Luther Billis in South Pacific with Ridge Summer Players, Scapino in Scapino with Trilogy, Sir Harry in Once Upon A Mattress with The Barn Theater, and Joe the Bartender in the original musical, Joe's Bar, written by Regan Ryzuk and performed in venues in North Jersey and Manhattan.

As a featured performer at Lovey's Showcase for 5 years, Ralph had the pleasure of sharing the stage with such talented artists as Elaine George, Stephen Whitlock and Bucky Pizzarelli, and many others.

For the past 15 years, Ralph has been very involved with The Growing Stage-The Children's Theater of New Jersey, NJ's only professional children's theater troupe with a permanent home.  Favorite roles there include Baloo The Bear in Jungle Book, Santa Clause in Babes in Toyland, and The Mayor of Whoville in Seussical.

Ralph sang for 16 years in the barbershop quartet Once Over Lightly and was founder of the critically acclaimed jazz vocal group 6*2*5 some of whose arrangements were written by Darmon Meader-- Grammy Award winning member of New York Voices.  6*2*5 appeared in clubs in Manhattan and across NJ performing with musicians such as Mitch Schechter, John Arbo, and Gary Mazzaroppi, among others.

Today Ralph is a voiceover artist who keeps his music chops in tune by singing in his church choir. He is thrilled to be a part of Zephyr, as well.

   
Doug Estes - Bass 2
 
 


Doug Estes had a promising choral career 30 years ago, being almost a prodigy, singing in an accomplished church choir, president of the Glen Ridge High School Choir, All-Region, All-State, All-Eastern Tuba player.  Then he went to College - to study business.. 

He has since married, taken over his family's business, and has 4 wonderful children ranging in age from 15 to 31 .  Doug has organized and led several adult and children's choruses at his church, and has a lifelong mission to teach kids traditional Christmas carols, beyond "Jingle Bells , " "Frosty , " and "Rudolph . " He still has a good voice, and had a good audition, so here he is, in the group

   
Pat Autilio - Bass 1


A resonant baritone with an energetic stage presence, Pat Autilio has been singing a cappella primarily in the barbershop style for many years.  He is currently serving as Assistant Director for the group.

Pat has appeared in a variety of choral, quartet and solo settings over the past eighteen years.  He also has created arrangements for Voices of Gotham and other groups in the area.  Pat has recently completed Contemporary Vocal Arranging at Berklee College of Music.

As a founding member of Zephyr, Pat is particularly excited about the group's diverse repertoire and high caliber of his fellow performers. 

In his non-singing life, Pat is an IT Project Manager for Hewlett-Packard, father to Anna and husband to Marsha, not necessarily in that order.

   

Zephyr is searching for just the right people to fill the remaining Tenor 2 and Bass 1 positions. In addition, we need qualified singers in all voice parts for our "alternate list," which is made up of people who can jump in and sing with us if one of our singers suddenly needs to take a leave of absence or to leave permanently. If you are interested to pursue singing with Zephyr and are a fine sight-reader and can sing a cappella, contact Artistic Director Cherwyn Ambuter at zephyrve@warwick.net to arrange an audition. For more information about joining, visit our join us page.