Ocean Grove Auditorium Choir
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Dr. Jason Tramm

Director of Music Ministries

Dr. Tramm is celebrating his eleventh season as Director of Music Ministries with Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association. Sacred music has been central to his career from a very early age, beginning as a 5 year old boy soprano soloist at St. Thomas Lutheran Church in West Nyack, NY. His work in the sacred, symphonic and operatic realms have received acclaim both nationally and internationally. Dr. Tramm currently serves as the Director of Choral Activities at Seton Hall University (where he was named the 2017 University Teacher of the Year), the Music Director of Teatro Lirico D’Europa, Artistic Director of the MidAtlantic Opera, Music Director of the Morris Choral Society and Artistic Advisor/Conductor of the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra. Dr. Tramm has conducted in many prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall and will make his NJPAC debut in October 27 in his highly acclaimed series, “Prayer for Peace.” He holds degrees from the Crane School (SUNY Potsdam), the Hartt School (University of Hartford) and a Doctoral of Musical Arts from Mason Gross (Rutgers University). A frequent guest conductor, Dr. Tramm has led performances in Italy, Romania, Albania, Hungary and throughout the United States. The Tramm family is proud to call Ocean Grove their musical and spiritual home during the summer months. For more information visit www.jasontramm.com.

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Dr. Gordon Turk

Resident Organist

Auditorium Organist and Founder & Director of the Summer Stars Festival, has won international acclaim as a concert organist and has been awarded competition prizes in performance and improvisation. His concert venues have included solo appearances in Carnegie Hall, NYC, the Bolshoi Philharmonic, St. Petersburg, Russia, The Kiev Concert Hall, Ukraine, Kyoto Concert Hall, Japan, Verizon Hall, Philadelphia, and universities, churches, cathedrals, and concert halls throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He has also presented master classes and lectures in colleges and conservatories of the US and Europe and conventions of the AGO. He has collaborated with principal players of the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra in concert performances and recordings, and is in demand as a consultant for the building of new pipe organs and restoration of older and historic organs. Dr. Turk is also Organist & Choirmaster of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Wayne, PA, where he directs multiple choirs, a professional quartet, and a concert series. He is also Professor of Organ at Rowan University, New Jersey. For more information visit www.gordonturk.com.

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Monica Rose Ziglar

Soprano Soloist and Section Leader

From recital to opera stage Monica Rose Ziglar is known for "possessing a gift of transcending angelic high notes." (Tucson Citizen Press)

Ms. Ziglar hails from Tucson, Arizona where she studied music at the University of Arizona and developed her love for art song and sacred oratorio from her beloved teacher Soprano/Professor Elizabeth Mosher. While there Monica was known throughout the Southwestern region and Sonora Mexico for her opera and concretizing programs as well as festival performances such as the Alfonso Ortiz Tirado Music Festival in Alomos, Sonora, Mexico.

In 1993 Monica came east to attend the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) in Philadelphia, PA. Some of her Operatic roles include: Suor Angelica, Alice in Falstaff, Magda in The Consul, The Mother in Hansel & Gretel, and Salud in La Vida Breve. Smaller secular works include performances of Leonard Bernstein's A Julia de Burgos, Paul Hindemith's Das Marian Leben and J.S. Bach's BWV211 Coffee Cantata.

Currently Ms. Ziglar is in her twenty-third season as soprano soloist with St. Mary's Episcopal Church where she met her husband Scott. Mrs. Ziglar has also been the soprano soloist and choral section leader for the past twenty years with the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, New Jersey where she has performs secular and sacred repertoire in the historic Great Auditorium, built in 1894, which boast over 6,500 seats and one of the largest Hope Jones organs in the world. This venue has hosted performances by artists such as Enrico Caruso, John McCormick, Marian Anderson and Current Metropolitan Opera Tenor Ronald Naldi.

Under the direction of Dr. Gordon Turk and Dr. Jason Tramm her passion for Sacred Oratorio is regularly expressed in such works as: Rossini's Stabat Mater, Dubois' Seven Last Words, Bach's B Minor Mass and several masses by Mozart. Mrs. Ziglar has been heard performing Jaromir Weinberger's The Way to Emmaus and Arvo Part's Stabat Mater.

In March of 2009 she made her Carnegie Hall debut singing Mendelssohn's Elijah.

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Katy Pracht

Mezzo-Soprano Soloist and Alto Section Leader

Katy Pracht A native of Davenport, Iowa, Katy has lived in greater Philadelphia for 10 years. She recently made her debut at the Kennedy Center with the Washington Chorus as mezzo soloist in Philip Glass’ Symphony No. 5; she has also sung Richard Wernick's "...and a time for Peace" at Carnegie Hall with the American Symphony Orchestra; and she made her Chinese debut at "The Intimacy of Creativity 2017" festival in Hong Kong. Katy studied operatic vocal performance at the University of Iowa, and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and began a performing career which comprises more than 25 operatic roles and 25 oratorios in regional companies across the nation. More information ...

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Ronald Naldi

Tenor Soloist and Artist in Residence

Ronald Naldi, internationally acclaimed lyric tenor, has brought his art to the stages of the Metropolitan Opera, Verona Opera, Opera da Camera of Rome, L'Opera Francais, New Jersey State Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Salzburger Landes theater. In 2015, Mr. Naldi begins his 23th consecutive season at the Metropolitan Opera, where he has sung over 250 performances in 23 different operas including Ismaele in Nabucco, Tschekalinsky in Pique Dame, and Vitek in the Makrapolous Case. He has sung 3 Metropolitan Opera premieres, 5 world premiers, and the American premieres of 3 other operas. With St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, he has sung over 200 performances of the chamber operas of Haydn, Mozart, Offenbach, Rieti, Bakst, Fioravanti, and Rossini.

Mr. Naldi has appeared with the festivals of Spoleto (Italy), Waterloo, Caramoor, Verbier, and Tanglewood, and toured China, Egypt, the Arab Emirates, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka with the Ambassadors of Opera. He has performed with over 25 symphony orchestras and has an extensive repertory of more than 30 oratorios. He has worked under the baton of the world's most famous maestri, including James Levine, Valery Gergiev, Charles Mackerras, Nello Santi, and James Conlon and been a colleague with such artists as Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Leo Nucci, James Morris, Samuel Ramey, and Renee Fleming.

Mr. Naldi's repertoire comprises over 100 operatic roles in 6 languages, as well as an extensive song repertory in the American, English, French, German and Italian literature. He was inducted into the Italian-American National Hall of Fame (along with such illustrious people as Enrico Fermi, Mario Lanza, and Joe DiMaggio), the Bound Brook Hall of Fame, and Who's Who of Italian-Americans. He has also sung in many commercials, most famously the Olive Garden restaurant chain's commercials of the 90's. Two of his most notable CDs are 'O Sole Mio' and 'Torna a Surriento' (Neapolitan and Italian songs) which garnished praises, including Gramophone Magazine's "Critic's Choice" award for 2005.

Mr. Naldi has been a student of Charles Kullman, Margaret Harshaw, Luciano Francardi, Luigi Ricci, Carol Bayard, and William Riley. He has a BM and MM in voice from Indiana University and was a Fulbright scholar in Rome, Italy. He is completing his 38th consecutive season in Ocean Grove. For more information, visit http://www.lombardoassociates.org/ronald-naldi/

Justin Beck

Justin Beck

Bass Soloist and Section Leader

Justin Beck was born in San Diego, CA and raised in Texas where he began his singing career in his church children's choir and his professional career at the age of nine in Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors. He studied music with a focus on vocal performance at the University of Texas at Austin, and Texas State University. He was a Young Artist at Austin Lyric Opera for two seasons singing roles in Gounod's Faust, Puccini's La fanciulla del West, and Verdi's Rigoletto. He also spent two summers at the Aspen Music Festival in their opera theater center. Additional opera credits include three seasons with Opera Company of Middlebury in Vermont performing in Massenet's Thais, Puccini's La rondine, and Bizet's The Pearl Fishers. Other favorite roles include Leporello in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Dr. Falke and Frank in J. Strauss Jr.'s Die Fledermaus, both with Opera Manhattan.

Mr. Beck's concert highlights include Handel's Messiah with the Austin Symphony, Berlioz's Requiem with the Carnegie Hall Festival Chorus under the baton of Robert Spano, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Orff's Carmina Burana with the National Chorale in Avery Fisher Hall, Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex with the Bard Music Festival, and R. Strauss's Feuersnot with the American Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Leon Botstein at Carnegie Hall. Additional recent engagements include concerts with Long Island Masterworks and Gregg Smith Singers.

Currently, Mr. Beck is a choral scholar at St. Mark's Church in Mt. Kisco, NJ, as well as the West Village Chorale and Hudson Chorale, where he most recently sang Haydn's Mass in D Minor. He is both honored and pleased to be returning for his third summer with the Ocean Grove Auditorium Choir as their bass soloist and section leader. For more information, visit www.justinbeck.org

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