Classical Studies & Performance Faculty
Lois Buesser studied Piano Performance and Voice at Oklahoma City University, graduating Summa Cum Laude and named Outstanding Senior Woman. Her teachers include Florence Birdwell, Dr. Stephen Coker, Dr. Clarence Burg and Dr. John Salmon. She has been Accompanist and Music Director for regional, community and school theatres in New Jersey, North Carolina and Oklahoma. She presents concerts which meld various genres and guest performers into a Musical Extravaganza! The productions have included piano, vocal, cello, organ, and rock band music, tap and ballet dancers, and her clever Musical Memory Medleys. Ms. Buesser toured Europe and Asia with the USO/DOD, and has performed with Susan Powell, Bob Hope, Lara Teeter, Teri Bibb and Stacey Logan. In Branson, MO, Lois played Ragtime piano, and conducted the Silver Dollar City amphitheater's premier show. She's sung with Pro Arte Chorale, Piedmont Chamber Singers, and i Cantori di New York. She taught Kindermusik, accompanied at UNCG, and is a church and temple organist. With Light Opera of New Jersey, she accompanies, conducts and arranges music for cabarets, operas, operettas, and musical theatre.
Warren Helms presently is a faculty member of The Juilliard School and also William Paterson University. He served as opera coach at The Manhattan School of Music for eleven years. Mr. Helms was assistant conductor/pianist for the Broadway production of Showboat at the Gershwin Theatre and has performed off-Broadway with the Vineyard Theatre. He recently performed with the Three Irish Tenors, Aretha Franklin as well as Clay Aiken. Cabaret experience includes The Rainbow Room, Russian Tea Room. He collaborates with Drew University, Kean University and Westminster Choir College. He is also the Director of Music at The Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Wayne, New Jersey.
June Marano Murray
A resident of Bergen County, NJ, June Marano-Murray holds Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees in piano and accompanying from Manhattan School of Music. She was the recipient of the Harold Bauer Award and also a recipient of the Gramma Fisher Scholarship for study in Graz, Austria. She has been on the coach/accompanying staff at Manhattan School of Music for 30 years where she accompanied the Birgit Nillson Master Class series for five years. She has worked at numerous opera festivals such as Lake George Opera, Central City Opera, and Wolf Trap Co., and for five years was music director for opera productions at Asolo Opera in Sarasota Opera, Florida. She is choir director/organist at Second Reformed Church in Hackensack, NJ and also organist at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Tenafly, NJ.
Caroline Parody – a versatile pianist and vocalist, performs regularly in and around the NY/NJ Metro area. In addition to her Bachelor’s and Masters degrees majoring in piano from William Paterson University and Montclair State University in New Jersey, respectively, she studied voice/vocal pedagogy in New York City, participating in master classes and workshops with Dame Helena Doese, Maestro Peter Mark of Virginia Opera, and distinguished American Wagnerian soprano Johanna Meier. She was the recipient of several awards including Outstanding Senior Performer and Music Scholar from William Paterson University, and First Place in the New Jersey National Association Teachers of Singing competition. She has performed in major venues such as Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, and Lincoln Center, New York, and for several seasons was a featured solo artist in the Donnell Library Concert Series in NYC. Caroline served as accompanist for the Oratorio Society of NJ, Coro Lirico, Summit Music Festival, Pro Arte Chorale, Harmony Singers, Chanteurs of the New Jersey Choral Society, William Paterson University’s Opera Workshop, and as accompanist/assistant musical director of the WPUNJ Musical Theater. She has served on the faculties of Montclair State University, MSU Preparatory Center for the Arts, and the Newark Boys Chorus School. Caroline currently teaches voice and piano at From The Top Music Studio, is an adjunct professor and staff accompanist in the Music Department of William Paterson University, is accompanist for the Concord Singers of Summit, NJ, and most recently, Director of Music at St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Wayne, NJ.