Dr. Jason Tramm

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Director of Music Ministries

Dr. Tramm holds the post of Music Director in Residence of the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association. Here he leads one of the most significant summer music programs on the east coast, including the historic Choir Festival (a beloved New Jersey tradition, annually drawing over 6000 singers and audience members), choral masterworks, orchestral programs, and weekly services with the 150 voice Auditorium Choir.

 

 

 

Dr. Gordon Turk

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As Resident Organist of the historic Auditorium in Ocean Grove, NJ, Dr. Turk plays weekly recitals on the organ of over 10,000 pipes, during the summer season. He is also Founder and Artistic Director of the Summer Stars Chamber Music Festival, presenting outstanding talents from the US and abroad.

 

Ronald Naldi

Tenor Soloist and Artist in Residence

Ronald Naldi is the tenor soloist and artist-in-residence in historic Ocean Grove, New Jersey.  

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An internationally acclaimed lyric tenor, he 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. Mr. Naldi has sung more than 25 consecutive seasons 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 premieres, 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.  

 

Monica Ziglar

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Soprano Soloist

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 Elizabeth Mosher. While there Monica was known throughout the Southwestern region and Sonora Mexico for her opera and concertizing 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-fifth season as soprano soloist with St. Mary’s Episcopal Church under the direction of Dr. Gordon Turk. Ms. Ziglar has also been the soprano soloist for the past twenty years with the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, New Jersey where she 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 directions 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, Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio as well several masses and soprano solo works by Mozart, Hayden and Handel. Ms. Ziglar has been heard performing Jaromir Weinberger’s The Way to Emmaus and Arvo Pärt’s Stabat Mater.

In March of 2009, she made her Carnegie Hall debut singing Mendelssohn’s Elijah and in November of 2017 she debuted at the National Cathedral in Washington DC singing Verdi’s Requiem.

 

 

Justin Beck

Bass Soloist

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Bass-baritone Justin Beck has had a varied career both as an opera and concert soloist as well as a choral singer.  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 Thaïs, 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.   

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 David Geffen 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 engagements include concerts with Long Island Masterworks and Gregg Smith Singers.  Justin is thrilled to be in his seventh glorious season as the bass-baritone of the Great Auditorium Quartet, and bass section leader of the Ocean Grove Auditorium Choir.

 

Allison Gish

Mezzo-Soprano Soloist

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Allison Gish is a mezzo-soprano who is making a stir in NYC opera and concert circles. Recent roles include Apollo in Handel's Terpsicore (American Bach Soloists Academy), Lucia in La gazza ladra (Teatro Nuovo), The Mother in The Consul (Bronx Opera), Lisotta in Salieri's La cifra (dell'Arte Opera Ensemble), Giunone in Cavalli's La Calisto (dell'Arte Opera Ensemble) and Lucretia in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia (New Camerata Opera), a performance deemed a “knockout” (ReactionOperawire). She joins the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association for the first time during the summer of 2020 as mezzo-soprano soloist and alto section leader. Allison resides in New York’s Upper West Side with her husband and two perfect orange cats.

 

Justin Gonzalez

Tenor Section Leader

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Known for his “expressive mastery,” Philadelphia’s “treasured tenor,” Justin Gonzalez, has been performing for audiences for over a decade, and is a musician who is comfortable performing many genres: oratorio, concert, recital, musical theater, big band, and jazz combo.

In the last four years, Justin has been steadily making the transition from opera to oratorio, performing as a featured soloist in Fauré's Requiem (singing the baritone role), Mozart's Requiem, Verdi's Requiem, Handel's Messiah, Beethoven's Choral Fantasy, Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, Will Todd's Mass in Blue, Alice Parker's Melodious Accord, Saint-Saëns' Christmas Oratorio, and many more.