Madison Holiday Arts Festival 2016–  Artist Roster

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Andrew Pungot



Andrew Pungot will be drawing live caricatures in his sixth year at the Madison Holiday Arts Festival. Sit down, have a laugh, and go home with a unique and hilarious drawing of yourself. It only takes 15-20 minutes!

Andrew Pungot is a comic artist, illustrator, and caricaturist from New Jersey. He studied Studio Art and Creative Writing at Drew University, and later studied Sequential Art at the Savannah College of Art and Design. When he’s not drawing, he likes to play adventure games, watch football (Go Giants!), and read comics

Fr 1:00-4:00 Provident Bank (Venue 9)

Sa  1:00-4:00 Museum of Early Trades and Crafts (Venue 1)

Anne Matlack



Anne Matlack is organist and choir director at Grace Episcopal Church in Madison, where she directs a full program of children and adult choirs and a concert series, Grace Community Music. She has been Artistic Director of Harmonium Choral Society since 1987. Dr. Matlack serves as Repertoire and Standards Chair for Community Choirs for the Eastern Division of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). She is active as an adjudicator and clinician, and has served on the board of the Yale Glee Club Associates.  Dr. Matlack has conducted choirs at Yale, Lafayette College, and Rutgers University, and concertizes as an organist and flutist. She has sung in the Robert Shaw Festival Chorus at Carnegie Hall, and with the Yale Alumni Chorus at the Kremlin in Moscow.

Sa  2:45-3:15 Grace Episcopal Church (Venue 11)

Bob Butts






Music of Robert W. Butts – songs from shows plus Early Morning Suite for Classical Guitar performed by Stanley Alexandrowicz.

Dr. Robert W. Butts has shared his passion, enthusiasm and knowledge of music through his work as conductor, composer, educator, writer, and lecturer.  He has conducted major orchestra and opera performances in New Jersey as well as guest appearances in Europe, most recently making his Italian debut in Crema with a performance of Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona and the world premiere of his composition Saturnalia Strings.   His Early Morning Suite for classical guitar has been featured in recitals in Italy and England as well as in the United States.   He teaches in the Casperson School of Graduate Studies at Drew Univeristy and at Montclair State University.   He lectures regularly for New Jersey Council for the Humanities.   He has recieved awards from Morris Arts and The American Prize and recently recieved the 2016 Tourism Award from The Morris County Tourism Bureau.   In May 2016, he led a performance of Alessandro Scarlatti’s la Giuditta which he edited from the original 1693 manuscript found in the archives of the Washington’s Headquarters Museum in Morristown, New Jersey and has created a documentary film about the manuscript and performing the oratoiro.  He has presented major scholarly papers at session of The American Musicological Society, The Sonneck Society, and The Country Music Conference.

Fr  2:00-3:00 Grace Episcopal Church (Venue 11)

Sa  4:15-5:15  Grace Episcopal Church (Venue 11)

Christine DeLeone


As a finalist in the 2015 Rose Garden Coffeehouse Songwriting Contest, a 2014 Recording Artist Development Singing Contest in Greenwich Village, NYC and a three category nominee in the 2013 Jersey Acoustic Music Awards, Christine writes and performs songs that make you think, sigh, laugh and say \”yeah, I know what that\’s like.”


Sa  2:30-3:30  Drip (Venue 3)

Dance Innovations






Selections from the Nutcracker Suite.

Dance Innovations Performance Company (DIPC) is a professional company comprised of school age dancers who have acquired a high level of technical training and performance experience. For 21 consecutive years DIPC has performed for Disney Performing Arts, Sea World, Universal Studios, Royal Caribbean & Norwegian Cruise Lines.  DIPC performs for numerous benefits presented by Dance Innovations Performance Foundation (a 501c3 non profit Arts organization).  For over 12 years, DIPC has performed an original Nutcracker benefit production allowing veterans, special needs/circumstances children and their families to attend for free.  DIPC has performed throughout NJ including NJPAC, Bickford Theatre  &  F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre at Drew University. NY performances have included:  Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Merce Cunningham Studio Theatre, Helen Mills Theatre, the  Salvatore Capezio Theater at Peridance, and Martha Graham Studios, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center.   DIPC is led by Artistic Director Susan Coutts.

Fr. 3:00-4:00  Studio Yoga (Venue 5)

Darren O’Neill


Classical guitarist, Darren O’Neill, presents an exciting program this year with a little help from his friends: the husband and wife vocal team of Jordan and Alethea Wilhelm. Together they’ll be presenting Folksong arrangements by Portland guitarist, Bryan Johanson, and arrangements of Spirituals by Cincinnati guitarist, Rodney Stucky.

Darren O’Neill is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Guitar Studies at Montclair State University. Jordan and Alethea Wilhelm are both candidates for the Master of Music program in vocal performance at Montclair State University and frequently appear together as the indie-folk duo, Truth & I..

Fr  3:00-3:30   3:45-4:15  On a Roll (Venue 6)

Daughters of Zion


The Daughters of Zion  from Grace Church are high school and college/grad school singers who challenging SSA repertoire both for services and community events They have performed works by Casals, Britten, Bach and much more, as well as pop a cappella, and have collaborated with other groups such as the Princeton Tigressions.

Sa  1:15-1:45  Grace Episcopal Church (Venue 11)

Donna Ward

Momma D Acoustic



Donna Ward is a proud native of New Jersey and a public school music teacher.  She has a degree from Muhlenberg College where she majored in Music with a Vocal Performance concentration and Theatre with an Acting concentration. In college she was a founding member and music director of the all Broadway a cappella group, NoteWorthy, and a founding member and President of the Muhlenberg Gospel Choir, Rejoice!.  Miss Ward was also an active member of the Muhlenberg Theatre Association and studied Commedia Dell’Arte at the Academia Dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy.  In her senior year of college, Miss Ward won the title of Muhlenberg Idol and the Henry Award for Performing Artist of the Year.

Since college, Ms. Ward has worked as a private voice and piano teacher, private acting coach, Kindermusik Educator, freelance musician both solo and with her band, Mama D & the Vexations, and most recently as an Elementary Music teacher.  Miss Ward’s voice is flexible and versatile and can accommodate most vocal styles.  Her strengths include belting, riffing, and whistle tones.

Fr  1:00-2:00 Drip (Venue 3)

The Eclectic Consort



From classical to folk, from ancient to modern and from the sublime to the ridiculous. Repertoire includes music that is out of the ordinary, works by obscure composers or familiar works in unusual settings. Instruments include recorders of all sizes, gemshorns, guitars, Scottish small pipes, keyboards, flutes, tin whistle, percussion and vocals.

Members of The Eclectic Consort include Andrew Koenig (guitar, bass, recorder, gemshorn, wind synth, vocals), Kris Lamb (modern flute, wooden flutes, tin whistle, recorder, gemshorn), John Lamb (recorder, gemshorn, percussion, vocals) and James Hicks (keyboard, Scottish small pipes, tin whistle, recorder, gemshorn).

Fr 3:15-4:15 Museum of Early Trades and Crafts (Venue 1)

The Gargoyles



The Grace Church Gargolyes are a young men’s a cappella ensemble based at Grace Church, Madison,  The dozen boys range in age from 7th to twelfth grade, and represent several schools including those in Madison, Chatham, and Morristown.  Their repertoire ranges from spirituals to sacred music, barbershop and popular. In the 9 years since their founding, they have given acclaimed performances at community and diocesan events, and collaborated with, The Colgate 13, The Hermitage Ensemble of St. Petersburg, Russia, the Dukes Men of Yale, and others.

Fr  1:15-1:45  Museum of Early Trades and Crafts  (Venue 1)

Half Step Down




Half Step Down performs acoustic-electric interpretations of various rock genres, featuring three part vocal harmonies. The band members, all from Madison, are Val Schuszler, guitar, Chris Bias, vocals, Nelson Aguiar, bass, and Mike Shugrue, harmonica.

The band debuted as a duo – “Chris Bias w/Val Schuszler” – on the main stage at Bottle Hill Day 2012. Mike Shugrue and Nelson Aguiar joined a short time later, under the name of “The Unplugged.” To avoid confusion with multiple unplugged acts, the group name was changed to “Half Step Down.” H. S.D. performs at area events and venues.

Fr  4:00-5:00  Short Stories (Venue 2)

Heather Mulvey





Acoustic Folk Music with Heather Mulvey

Performs finger-picking acoustic guitar and sings traditional Celtic, Americana and contemporary folk songs for audiences of all ages.

Heather Mulvey is a New Jersey based musician who plays finger-picking acoustic guitar and sings traditional Americana, Celtic and contemporary folk songs, entertaining audiences of all ages. Heather’s programs include Americana Music Journey, Celtic Music Journey, Oldies But Goodies, Songs of Inspiration, Animal Songs Sing-Along, and Songs of the Season. A history of the songs is incorporated i…nto the programs and interaction and participation is always encouraged. Heather has performed at community events, cultural and heritage commissions, festivals, schools, First Nights and libraries throughout NJ and was a Featured Artist at both the NJLA Annual Meeting in 2005 and as well at the Garden State Storytellers’ League “Tellabration” event in 2006.

Venues include American as Apple Pie Festival, East Jersey Olde Towne Village, Chester Library, Ocean County Library, Milltown Library, Princeton Library, Watchung Library, Westfield Library, First Night Morris County, Waterloo Village, and Sunrise Assisted Living.

Sa  1:30-2:30  3:00-4:00  On a Roll (Venue 6)

Ian Tomesch


Ian Tomesch, Lehigh University Organist and Associate Organist of the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Newark, NJ, is a doctoral candidate in organ at Yale University, where he studied with Thomas Murray (organ). While at Yale, Ian recieved the Mary Baker Prize for Organ Accompaniment and the Julia R. Sherman Prize for Organ. Prior to coming to Yale, Ian earned degrees in philosophy and organ performance from Oberlin College, where studied with James David Christie. Recent performance projects include the complete organ works of Maurice Durulfé and Marcel Dupré’s Le Chemin de la Croix

Sa  3:30-4:00 Grace Episcopal Church (Venue 11)

Jeff Webb


Jeff Webb is a Madison resident who entertains regularly at establishments all over Morris County. Jeff describes his music as “Acoustic Folk/Rock + a Little Twang”. He plays songs that most people will recognize and covers artists ranging from Johnny Cash to Kris Kristofferson to Jimmy Buffett to the Beatles.

Fr  3:45-4:45  Drip (Venue 3)

Sa  4:00-5:00 Short Stories (Venue 2)

Jerry Vezza




The Jerry Vezza Trio plays a Jazz Christmas.

Jerry Vezza performs regularly at Shanghai Jazz in Madison, NJ, which Downbeat Magazine cited among the world’s top jazz clubs in 2005 and 2006. He’s available for live solo work, intimate ensemble performances, and band leadership at clubs, concerts and festivals – something he’s been doing in America and Europe for over thirty-five years.

In addition, Star Ledger critic Zan Stewart awarded three and a half stars to Jerry’s most recent CD, “You Are There.” Jerry has performed with many of the top jazz players in the world. He has recorded three CD’s of his own and is a sideman on others including “Live at Shanghai Jazz” with Grover Kemble and John Pizzarelli.

Fr  5:00-6:00  Shanghai Jazz (Venue 4)

John Pivarnik and Nan Childress



John Pivarnik, pianist and private piano teacher, and Dr. Nan Childress, piano department head at Caldwell University, present a program of four hand piano works:  Andante and Variations, Op 83a – F. Mendelssohn.

Excerpts from ‘Nutcracker Suite’ Op. 71a– P. Tchaikovsky

John Pivarnik, pianist and private piano teacher, and Dr. Nan Childress, piano department head at Caldwell University.

Fr  1:00-1:45  Grace Episcopal Church (Venue 11) (w/ Nan Childress)

Sa  2:00-2:30 Grace Episcopal Church (Venue 11) (solo organ) 

King’s Rd.


[wpanchor id=”17″]Kings Road, based in Madison, NJ plays an appealing blend of alternative light rock with harmony vocals and melodic instrumentation from such artists as The Counting Crows, Brandi Carlile, Sheryl Crow and The Decemberists

Sa  1:15-2:15 Drip (Venue 3)

Madison Music and Arts


An afternoon celebration of music and musicians from the Madison School District

Madison Music and Arts is parent-run foundation supporting visual and performing arts in the Madison, NJ public school district.

Fr  1:00-4:00  Presbyterian Church (Venue 10)

 Max Orsini



Max will feature music from his new album “Idaho Girl” along with tunes from his previous EP’s like “Magnet,” and “War Love Travel.” He also plans to debut a couple of new songs off his forthcoming EP, “American Stars.”

Max Orsini, a native of Brooklyn, New York has lived and played music in the United States and abroad. Max is a poet, essayist, singer, songwriter,and college writing instructor at Drew University and FDU.  He currently lives and creates in Madison, NJ.

Sa 2:30-3:30 Short Stories (Venue 2)

Merynda Adams




Merynda Adams, harpist is in demand as a soloist and chamber musician, performing throughout the United States, Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Puerto Rico. She has performed with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, New York Grand Opera, New Philharmonic, Lyrica Chamber Music, Northeastern Philharmonic, Colonial Symphony, Westfield Symphony, Lake Placid Symphonietta and off Broadway in “The Fantasticks”. Described by the Newark Star Ledger as having “played the harp with color and great facility”, Ms. Adams is a 1994 winner of the Artists International Competition and the Goldblatt Award. She studied at the Hilversums Conservatorium in the Netherlands and at Manhattan School of Music. Her teachers have included Kathleen Bride, Erika Waardenburg and Gloria Agostini.  She is often heard in area churches, including the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  Ms. Adams is featured in the book, “Plaza Weddings”, playing at the wedding of Eddie Murphy. She frequently collaborates with violinist, Christopher Collins Lee. Their CD, “Romantic Duos” was released in 2011. She has also accompanied renowned soprano, Aprile Millo in recitals in New York, Delaware and Toronto. Her newly established recital series, “Chamber Music for Charity” presents works for harp and various instruments to benefit area charities

Fr  12:00-1:00  Grace Episcopal Church (Venue 11) (Solo harp)

Fr  3:15-4:00 Grace Episcopal Church (Venue 11) (w/ Susan Glaser, flute)

Michael Aquino


Tales from urban, suburban and intergalactic landscapes…with a beat.

Aquino is a Cuba-Rican musician/performer. His debut solo album, Giants Will Fall, was released in 2015. In 2013, he was nominated for a Jersey Acoustic Music Award (Male Songwriter). He is the creator/host of Indie Music Circus and co-creator of Mi Casa Tu Casa, a bilingual stage production. He is working on an EP, City Stars.


Fr  2:30-3:30  Short Stories (Venue 2)

Mike Sodano


Mike Sodano is a local guitarist/singer who enjoys covering songs from artists ranging from James Taylor, Jim Croce and Harry Chapin, as well as groups including the Beatles, the Eagles, and America.

Sa 1:00-2:00  Short Stories  (Venue 2)

 One by 6


“Oneby6” with John Kizzie, Guitarist, and Amy Kizzie, Vocalist.

One voice by six strings- This duo offers elegant music for elegant occasions. Their repertoire spans several generations – featuring songs of love and sometimes, love lost.

Oneby6 has been performing in and around New Jersey for over a decade. Amy comes from a musical family and has sung solos at weddings and with the church choir; John is classically trained on guitar and is at ease with Jazz and popular guitar styles as well. He teaches guitar at the College of St Elizabeth.

Fr  1:00-2:30  The Hat Shop (Venue 8)

Patricia Doyle



Local singer/songwriter, Patty Doyle, will be returning to Madison to perform a 1 hour set as a part of the Holiday Arts Festival! Her style is similar to Ingrid Michaelson with influences from early Taylor Swift! Her set will include new and old original music and covers. Some of her original music is available on iTunes now!

Patty Doyle, a local singer/songwriter from Madison, has been a writing music since she was 10 years old. She began performing original music at age 13 in coffee shops, open mics, and talent shows. In high school, she entered competitions in the New York Area and gained international exposure from her performances and presence at music conferences.

Fr  2:30-3:30  Drip (Venue 3) 

Petra Schemmann


Enjoy a relaxing hour at Madison’s Museum of Early Trades and Crafts during Madison Holiday Arts Festival on Friday, November 25th at 2 pm with piano music and poetry provided by local artist Petra Schemmann and friends. Piano music by Bach, Chopin, Debussy and more as well as poetry by Petra Schemmann and Denny Harrington.

Pianist Petra Schemmann has been a music educator for nearly 40 years. She served on faculty at the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts in Berkeley Heights for the past 11 years. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of British Columbia. She was accompanist for Studio Allegro Dance School in Madison and the JCC in Tenafly.

Fr  2:00-3:00  Museum of Early Trades and Crafts (Venue 1)

Rachel Marie


Rachel Marie is a cunning wordsmith, and precociously sophisticated. Clear and mature vocal production colors songs that are relevant, relatable, and far-reaching. The social awareness of folk meets the introspection of the singer-songwriter tradition with a moderate dose of snark. Rachel is a 2014 graduate of Drew University.

This Bethlehem, PA native has made regular appearances at Musikfest and at the acclaimed folk venue Godfrey Daniels where she has shared the stage with Antje Duvekot. Beyond her hometown, she has made herself known in North Jersey as a member of the Folk Project and continues to expand her musical horizons in Boston, Massachusetts.

Fr 1:30-2:30  On a Roll (Venue 6)

Rose City Songsters

The Rose City Songsters, led and directed by soprano Angela Notari,  will be singing classical and well known  Christmas Carols on the front steps of the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts.  The Rose City Songsters, 20 members strong, was founded by Grace Phelan over 20 years ago. Presenting three seasonally appropriate programs a year, they entertain at 50-60 sites, including local senior centers, assisted living and nursing homes in the Morris County area.

Sa  2:00-3:00  Museum of Early Trades and Crafts (Venue 1)






Madison’s favorite Pop/Rock band ROSEWOOD includes Mary McManus (vocals, percussion), John McManus (guitar, vocals), Leo McClusky (guitar, vocals). They play classic Pop and Rock hits from the 60\’s through today, including fan-favorite artists like Fleetwood Mac, The Pretenders and Elvis Costello.

ROSEWOOD includes Mary McManus (vocals, percussion), John McManus (guitar, vocals), Leo McClusky (guitar, vocals), Rich Haddad (bass, vocals) and Dave Hartkern (drums, vocals). ROSEWOOD is versatile and can adapt to a three-piece acoustic trio with Mary, John and Leo who have written many originals together.

Fr  1:00-2:00 Short Stories (Venue 2)

Simply Brass

Simply Brass will be performing a selection of Classical, Jazz and Holiday Music for 1 hour.

Simply Brass has been performing in the tri- state area for 15 years at concert venues, weddings, private functions and Church services.

Fr  4:15-5:15 Grace Episcopal Church  4:15-5:15  (Venue 11)

Spotlight Kids



The Spotlight Kids Company is a Madison, NJ-based theatre company including all kids who love to dance, sing, and act. Choreographed and blocked by the director and then through collaboration with the actors, every participant gets to play their part and help put together the production as a whole, learning the process of team effort. We have produced eight shows, one cabaret, two workshops and one summer of dance classes so far, and we are always busy organizing even more fun.

Fr  12:00-1:00 Short Stories (Venue 2)

Star Barkman

Version 2

Star Barkman is a solo singer/songwriter/guitarist, performing top hits of the decades and original works.

Star Barkman is a graduate of Ramapo College with a BA in Visual Arts, with a minor in Music. Star has been in various bands, duos, and performs regularly in Northern New Jersey.

Fr  1:00-2:00 Poor Herbies (Venue 7)

Susan Glaser




Flutist Susan Glaser will perform in Grace Episcopal Church.

Flutist Susan Glaser has been widely recognized for her colorful interpretations, virtuosity and glowing tone.  Mountain Songs, a release on the Koch International Classics label, was hailed as “splendid” by Fanfare, and praised in Classical Guitar as, “perfection…the finest rendition I have heard.” An accomplished piccolo player, Ms. Glaser has released one of the few existing contemporary piccolo CD’s, Bittersweet Music, on the Koch label. Ms. Glaser has appeared as soloist in the Far East, Europe, Canada and the United States, performing at prestigious concert halls such as London’s Wigmore Hall, the John Field Room of Ireland’s National Concert Hall, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall,, and Chicago’s Preston Bradley Hall. She has performed with the Lark Quartet in Merkin Concert Hall.  Ms. Glaser’s recitals and CD’s have been broadcast internationally on BBC London, Radio New Zealand, and CBC Toronto and in U.S. national syndication for NPR Performance Today.  Ms. Glaser holds a doctorate from The Juilliard School; her principal teachers have been Julius Baker, Geoffrey Gilbert, Walfrid Kujala, and Peter Lloyd.

Fr  3:15-4:00 Grace Episcopal Church (Venue 11)

Truth & I




Jordan and Alethea Wilhelm are a married musical duo. Their love for classical, jazz standards, and folk music creates a fresh fusion of sound. Their strong and distinct vocal lines are the driving force behind their music. This makes their songs catchy and easy to sing along to.

Jordan and Alethea Wilhelm started collaborating in New York while studying vocal performance in 2011. They have released two full-length albums: Floorboards (2013) and This is Living (2015); and two EP’s: Share their World (2014) and A Midwestern Christmas (2015). They are both currently pursuing their M.A. in Vocal Performance at MSU.

Sa  3:45-4:45  Drip  (Venue 3)


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