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.
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.
B.M., Ithaca College; M.M., Rutgers University
Colin Oettle is a New Jersey based conductor who draws upon a diverse musical background to create evocative instrumental and operatic performances. Mr. Oettle earned his Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from Rutgers University, where he served as assistant conductor of the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra and the Rutgers Sinfonia. He is currently music director of Vari Musicisti—a New York City based collaborative music organization—and has recently appeared with Opera Theater of Montclair.
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.