I completed my undergrad degree in Music Ed and later in Early Childhood Special Ed both from Trenton State College. Early in my music career, I taught instrumental music in a junior high school setting for three years and played trumpet. I completed my Master’s degree in family counseling from Rider University and later became certified as a clinical therapist.
As a child, I was given opportunities to experience live music through Leonard Bernstein’s Young Peoples Concerts. My biggest claim to “fame” was having the opportunity to sit-in with Doc Severinsen and the Tonight Show Band. I recently rediscovered my love for music by joining the chorus in 2017. I was hooked! I can’t imagine not having HVC in my life! Singing to me is like breathing life into the soul.
A native Oregonian, Julie has been singing all her life. As she begins her fourth year with the Hopewell Valley Chorus, she looks forward all week to the blissful, child-free evening of singing, learning, and being with other music lovers. In addition to singing, she loves reading, dancing, gardening, baklava, swimming in fresh water, and Brussels sprouts. Julie lives in Yardley with her spouse and children.
Claire, a new convert to the alto section, has always enjoyed singing, although prior to joining the Hopewell Valley Chorus she sang mainly in the car and shower. She moved to the U.S. in 2012 from the U.K. with her husband’s job. In 2016, she saw a Facebook post about open membership for the Chorus and decided to try it. The welcoming atmosphere and interesting repertoire, coupled with the enthusiasm of Heather, the director, soon made rehearsals one of the highlights of the week.
Claire, her husband, and two children live in Hopewell Township.
Scott was new to singing when he joined the chorus in 2016, inspired by seeing his daughters' musical and personal growth within the Hopewell Valley Youth Chorale. "From the moment the singing started, I was hooked," he recalls.
Since then, he’s appreciated just how much that sense of community and fellowship is a core value of the chorus. When combined with the expert musicianship and unwavering encouragement of its Artist Director (Heather) and Pianist (Stefanie), the chorus a wonderful place to learn the techniques and the art of chorale singing. After six rewarding seasons, Scott was thrilled to be able to sing in the Masterwork Festival Chorus during Heather’s Carnegie Hall conducting debut in June 2019.
Scott has assisted with grant writing since his second season and has served as Vice President since 2019. He greatly enjoys working with HVC’s dedicated volunteers to fulfill HVC’s mission, “to provide opportunities for members to experience the joy of choral music, and to share that experience with others in our community.”
Lisa was the middle child of a singing family. Her parents were very involved in barbershop and Sweet Adelines choruses and quartets, and the family spent many summers at barbershop camps and traveling to shows. They had all the voice parts and sang in school and church choirs, for weddings and funerals.
Lisa moved to New Jersey in 2001, and she and her husband, Tim, a tenor, sang with the Mozart & Friends Opera Company in their production of Susannah. They joined HVC in September 2012 upon the recommendation of another Chorus member. A long-time soprano, she now enjoys singing in the alto section. Lisa joined the board in 2015 because she appreciates all of the behind-the-scenes work it takes to make events, like concerts, successful. She lives in Ewing with her husband and lots of cats.
Renée is the fifth of six children, born and raised in Mercer County. She taught herself to sing by singing along with Broadway albums, mainly Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music and My Fair Lady. She has sung in several choirs and spent eight years in the chorus of Boheme Opera NJ.
This is Renée’s 5th year with HVC, although she sang in 2008-10, took a break and came back in 2017, once she heard about HVC’s great director, Heather Mitchell. Renée lives in Hopewell Township with her husband, son, and two dogs.
Megan has enjoyed singing throughout her life. She sang in choirs at St. James Church in Pennington from second grade through senior year of high school. She continued singing at Stonehill College with the chapel choir, including a performance in Notre Dame in France. She even participated in the collegiate chorale during her senior year.
Megan missed singing so much the first few years after graduating college. She was thrilled when she learned about HVC last spring (2018). She has already enjoyed her experience with this community of singers.
When the opportunity arose this year to contribute her thoughts and ideas to the board, she was honored to accept it. Megan looks forward to assisting her co-finance chair with organizing fundraising opportunities that will keep this Chorus going for years to come.
Carole, a soprano, has been singing with vocal groups most of her adult life. Along with her husband, Bob, a bass, she joined the HVC in 1983, and has served as our library director since 2000. Prior to joining our chorus, she was part of a madrigal group and has been active with her church choir for more than 20 years.
Jill has always enjoyed singing and sang with Princeton Pro Musica many years ago (before children). She joined Hopewell Valley Chorus in 2016 and is grateful to be able to sing in a community chorus under such an amazing director and with so many talented singers (“Yea! Go altos!)
Carnegie Hall was just the icing on the cake!
Donna grew up in a singing family. “Not much different from the King Family,” she says, “except we were larger, poorer, and didn’t have our own TV show,” The family performed amongst themselves every Christmas, and back in the 1940s, her mom, aunt, and uncle won the family’s first television set when they performed on Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour.
Donna has been singing in groups since high school. She’s sung in many choirs in North Jersey, performed with a Big Band, and did some musical theater as well. This is Donna’s third stint with the Hopewell Valley Chorus: first back in 1997; then with artistic director Marjorie Herman in 2010, for the 50th anniversary concert. She really enjoys singing alongside the growing number of other women tenors.
Behind The Scenes
The Many Scenes
Carole Allison and Melissa Paloti
Program and Website Design
Lynn Ebeling and
Scott Lundquist and
Proposals and Grants
Spring into Song Coordinator
Christine Piatek, Christina Rowntree, Gwen Samuel,
Sandy Stein, Terry Trubiano
60th Anniversary Committee