Chorus Contest Judges #62022

Chaequan Anderson is an active choral conductor and music educator based in Princeton, New Jersey. Chaequan has varied choral experience directing school, community youth and children, and professional choirs. As a teacher and conductor, Chaequan has held positions with Trenton Children’s Chorus, Westminster Conservatory, and has served as a guest conductor and clinician with ensembles in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. Currently, Chaequan is Director of Middle School Choirs at Montclair Kimberley Academy, Associate Director & Conductor Cantores at Princeton Girlchoir, & is the Founder and Artistic Director of Glassbrook Vocal Ensemble, a professional choir based in Ewing, NJ. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Kodály Certification Levels I & II from Westminster Choir College, and is currently completing a MM in Choral Conducting at Mason Gross School of the Arts- Rutgers University, New Brunswick.

John J. Miller serves the Archdiocese of Newark as the Director of Music Ministries for the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart. As a frequent recitalist and clinician, John is in demand as both a performer and clinician in the areas of choral conducting and organ performance. As both an active choral conductor and organist, his European performances have taken him to Rome, Venice, Leipzig, Prague, Salzburg, and Vienna. Locally he has been featured as solo organist as well as a guest conductor with the New Jersey Symphony, and is the conductor of the Cathedral Symphony and Chorus. Mr. Miller holds a Bachelor Degree of Music, cum Laude, in organ performance and sacred music at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, where he was the first recipient of the Jean Langlais Sacred Music Award. He graduated from Westminster Choir College (Princeton) with a double Master of Music degree with distinction in organ performance and choral conducting.

Wayne Mallette is Supervisor of Fine Arts for the Scotch Plains-Fanwood school district in New Jersey, formerly working at Summit High School as Director of Choirs and Music Theory and as musical director for their award-winning theatre program. He can also be seen giving various workshops as well as directing choirs. Mallette holds his Bachelor’s in Music Education from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts and Masters’ from Northwestern University (Music Education) and Ramapo College (Educational Leadership). Currently, he is pursuing his doctorate at Columbia University Teacher College. Accolades include four Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards, Perry Award for Outstanding Musical Director, President of CJMEA, Choral Procedures Chair for the NJ All-State Choir and more. In addition, Wayne Mallette is also a member of ACDA, NafMe and NJPSA. He is currently the President of NJMEA.

Rachel Clark is the choir director at North Brunswick Middle School. She is a professional singer and section leader. Ms Clark performs and teaches throughout the metro NYC area. Rachel Clark has been an active member of Harmonium. She traveled on tours with Harmonium to Eastern Europe, Italy, Spain, and Greece and Turkey. Rachel attended the University of Delaware, where she majored in music education and studied voice with Dr. Melanie K. Dement. She has also been a vocal consultant and taught music to students of all ages.

Jason Allen, who resides in Plainsboro, New Jersey, is a Mason Gross School of the Arts graduate from Rutgers University. Since his graduation, Jason has worked in public schools serving as a choir director and general music teacher. He is currently the choir director at Linwood School in North Brunswick Township. Along with this, Jason is also a church musician and Youth Choir director at Presbyterian Church on a Hill in Ocean Township, New Jersey working under Dr. Jeff Unger. As of fall 2021, he began a position as associate conductor of the New Jersey Chamber Singers.