Music Education Faculty
Frank Abrahams is Professor of Music Education at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey. A native of Philadelphia, Dr. Abrahams holds degrees from Temple University and New England Conservatory. In addition to his work in music education and administration, he enjoys an active career as a pianist, choral conductor, and in musical theater. He is the founder and conductor laureate of the Westminster Conservatory Youth Chorale and is the founder and conductor of the Westminster Conservatory Collegiate Chorale.
Janet Cape is Assistant Professor of Music Education at Westminster Choir College of Rider University where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in secondary general music and instrumental methods, and serves as a supervisor of student teachers. Before joining the Westminster Choir College faculty in September 2010, Dr. Cape taught middle and high school instrumental music in Winnipeg, Canada. She has also taught qualitative research methods and supervised pre-service teachers at Arizona State University.
Dr. Donna Gallo is an Assistant Professor of Music Education at Westminster Choir College where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in critical pedagogy, philosophy, choral methods, and supervises student teachers. She is also the coordinator for the summer Kodály Certification program. Dr. Gallo completed her Ph.D.
Al Holcomb is associate professor at Westminster College of the Arts at Rider University where he is chair of Music Education and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. He is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences on the topics music assessment, music teacher mentoring and professional development, choral music education, adolescent vocal development and aural skill development.
James is an Adjunct Professor of Music Education at Westminster Choir College of Rider University where he teaches the course Music in Special Education. After graduating magna cum laude with a B.M. in Music Education from Westminster Choir College, he began his teaching career at Cambridge School in Pennington, N.J., a private school for children with language-based learning differences. At Cambridge, he became captivated with the science of learning, as well as research-based methods and programs.
Sharon Morrow is Assistant Professor of Music Education at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. She received her Master of Music Education degree and Ph.D. degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Colin Oettle is a New Jersey-based conductor and violinist who draws upon a diverse musical and educational background to work with young musicians around the tri-state area. Mr. Oettle earned his Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting from Rutgers University, where he was the assistant conductor of the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra and the Rutgers Sinfonia. He completed his undergraduate studies in violin performance and music education at Ithaca College, and now combines his fields of study into a performance-oriented approach toward music education. Mr.
Dr. Marshall Onofrio joined Rider University as Associate Dean of Westminster Choir College in July 2006, becoming the founding Associate Dean for Administration of the Westminster College of the Arts in spring 2009. From January to June 2015, he served as Interim Dean of the College. Immediately prior to coming to Rider, Onofrio was Professor of Music and Chairman of the Department of Music at Marshall University from 1998-2006.