Classical Studies & Performance Faculty
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.
Frank Pavese is originally from Ramsey, New Jersey. He is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan and the William Paterson University of New Jersey where he is a faculty member. He credits his studies with Bulgarian pianist Elka Gurova Kirkpatrick as having had the greatest influence upon him. His professional debut was at Carnegie Recital Hall in New York. The New York Times described him as a pianist with "Energy and Commitment" and called his playing "persuasive and especially sonorous." He first came to the attention of the European musical world after acclaimed concerts at London's Wigmore Hall and the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh. The press and public followed his career with great interest as he gave his Viennese debut in the Brahms-Saal of the Musikverein in 1990 and toured Hungary. The following years have included return engagements to Vienna, a third tour of Hungary presented by the National Philharmonic, tours of France and Poland and appearances on Hungarian State Radio and Polish National Television. Orchestral appearances have included a tour of Poland where he performed Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Olsztyn Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Piotr Borkowski. As founder and director of the Hindemithon festival (now in it's 9th season) at WPUNJ, celebrating the life and works of composer Paul Hindemith, Pavese received high critical acclaim for his performance of Ludus Tonalis. Classical New Jersey wrote- "Pavese played the enormous work with an ease which was in itself awesome, given the obvious difficulties of the music. Because the composer wrote fugue subjects which were easily identified through their contours and character, the pianist went for the music and not the didacticism, understanding well that there was no need to underline the obvious. Technical and musical difficulties abound in the course of the hour, and Pavese met them all with a full understanding of the score and what Hindemith had set out to accomplish. It was one of the most impressive solo piano performances of a single work I have heard in a long time." Beginning in the fall of 2010, Pavese will be performing recitals of the works of Samuel Barber on tour in honor of the composer's centennial celebration.
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.
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