• Music and Theatre Arts Faculty

    Prof. Tripold's singing lessonThe Department of Music and Theatre Arts has extraordinary faculty members with years of experience in the performing arts.


    In an dynamic and interactive department, instructors get to know their students closely and share with them their individual stories of success, in symphony orchestras, touring rock bands, on Broadway, at major record companies, and in the recording studio with award-winning artists. Instructors have worked in a range of fields, including opera, rock & pop music, acting, playwriting, directing, and music business & entertainment media.

    MUSIC

    Joe Rapolla photoJoe Rapolla (MBA, Monmouth) is the department chair and director of the Music Industry program. A recognized music industry innovator, he built and led Integrated Marketing departments at Universal and Warner Music Group. He also helped build a Direct-To-Consumer Marketing Agency and a Social Research Agency, and directed marketing for the video game division of Def Jam Enterprises. Professor Rapolla has directed programs for top talent, such as Madonna, Bon Jovi, U2, and Sting, and has partnered with the world's leading entertainment, media, and consumer brands and agencies. He has earned multiple Gold Records for his work.
    David Tripold photoDavid Tripold has bachelor's and master's degrees in music from Westminster Choir College of Rider University and a PhD in liturgical studies. He is a nationally recognized choir conductor, voice teacher, organist, and liturgical scholar. He directs the University's chamber and concert choirs. In addition, he has been a church organist and choir director for over 30 years.
    Ronald Frangipane photoRonald Frangipane attended and assisted master classes with Igor Stravinsky and Aaron Copland. He has received more than 30 gold and/or platinum albums as an arranger/producer in the record industry, notably with John Lennon, Kiss, The Monkees, The Rolling Stones, and Neil Diamond. He specializes in music in American culture: blues, jazz, rock and roll, and American musical theater.
    Michael Gillette photoMichael Gillette has a master's degree in music from Yale University. For over 30 years, he has been a professional violinist in New York City. He is currently the assistant concertmaster of the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra and is a member of the American Ballet Orchestra and the Mostly Mozart Orchestra at Lincoln Center. He has also been in orchestras for several Broadway musicals.
    Gloria Rotella photoGloria Rotella is the director of music education and has an EdD from Rutgers University. She teaches the piano courses and coordinates the Early Field Placement/Student Teaching Program for the department. As professor of music education, she has expanded the methods classes and introduced a Job Shadowing Program for seniors at Long Branch High School. As director of applied music, Dr. Rotella helped increase student enrollments in applied courses and the number of senior recitals.
    George Wurzbach photoGeorge Wurzbach earned a master's degree in music composition from Hunter College. For the past two decades, he has worked as a musician, composer, and producer on various projects, including theme and segment music for the Time Warner PBS series Real Simple and the award-winning Scholastic Professional Culture Kit, a multiethnic audio and book series used by schools worldwide. In addition, Prof. Wurzbach is currently composing a Christmas oratorio, The Scullery Girl, with American folk music legend Tom Paxon.
    Bryan Jenner photoBryan H. Jenner teaches music appreciation at Monmouth. He is also the director of the Pep Band, advisor to the Monmouth Jazz Hawks, and assistant music director of the Monmouth University Chamber Orchestra. Prof. Jenner has been an active public school music teacher for over 27 years and serves as an adjudicator at numerous marching band and music festivals. He holds a BM in music education and did postgraduate work in instrumental conducting.
    Jamie Baer Peterson photoJamie Baer Peterson was educated at the Eastman School of Music and began her opera career as an apprentice with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Since then, she has been a soloist with the Dallas, Atlanta, Hartford, Omaha, Princeton, and Westfield Symphonies and in two national broadcasts with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Opera highlights include leading roles with many opera houses throughout the United States and France.
    Mark Wilson photoMark Wilson, an award-winning baritone, has performed with various operas around the country. He is noted for being "sensitive and powerful" in his portrayal of Tonio in Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci. In addition to his operatic repertoire, Prof. Wilson has performed in a variety of musicals and teaches applied voice, glee choir, first-year music theory, music appreciation, and music history before 1750.
    Adrien Synnott photoAdrien Synnott, B.Mus.Ed., MS, has played for or directed/conducted over 230 musical theater productions. She is retired from the 50th Armored Division Band (NJARNG), where she led the jazz ensemble. She has performed with Cab Calloway and Peter Schickele, has worked with many big bands in New Jersey, and led her own band, the Sandpipers Jazz Ensemble. In addition to teaching at Monmouth, Prof. Synnott works in the headquarters of the American Federation of Musicians.
    Bob Boyd photoBob Boyd is a percussion instructor, studio musician, and active player. In addition to playing with his own groups, he is an original member of the Holiday Express, the musical organization that performs during the holiday season for those less fortunate. With Holiday Express, he has backed Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Rob Thomas, Cyndi Lauper, and many more. Bob studied under the tutelage of legendary studio drummer Bernard Purdie, whom he continues to collaborate with on various projects.
    Marc Muller photoMarc Muller is a musician, solo artist, writer, producer, and arranger. For nine years, he toured with country music superstar Shania Twain. Marc recently recorded with and is featured on Bruce Springsteen's Wrecking Ball and has also recorded for artists such as Laura Bell Bundy, Branford Marsalis, and Kelly Clarkson. Additionally, Marc is the music director, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist for Dead On Live, which performs recreations of The Grateful Dead's classic recordings.
    Laura Dubois photoLaura Dubois holds a BM in piano performance from the University of North Texas, a MM in piano performance from the University of Miami, and has completed all but her dissertation for a DMA in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Miami. She has studied piano with Phillip Evans, Gary Kirkpatrick, and Ivan Davis. Ms. DuBois is an active recitalist and chamber musician and performs regularly throughout the region, presenting engaging chamber music concerts.

    Kathleen Myrick photoKathleen Myrick, an increasingly busy artist, has performed on stages regionally and internationally the roles of Carmen in Carmen, Suzuki in Madame Butterfly, Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutti, as well as over 40 other leading roles. In the fall of 2012, she was hired to teach adjunct at NYU and is completing an Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy under the direction of Dr. Brian Gill and Professor Jeremy Aye. She received her master's from the University of Tennessee and did her doctoral work at the University of Illinois.

     

    MUSIC AND DANCE

    Kristin Dexnis Rosengrant photoKristin Dexnis Rosengrant enjoys teaching and dancing around the world and has toured nationally and internationally to fringe festivals and dance festivals. Prof. Rosengrant is owner and director of Basically Ballet Studio. She attended The Ailey School in NYC and was awarded a full scholarship to the Paul Taylor Intensive. In 2003, she founded DeXdance and has since created over 30 works performed in traditional and non-traditional spaces.
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    THEATRE ARTS

    John Burke photoJohn J. Burke holds a PhD from Michigan State and is the director of theater arts for Monmouth University and the artistic director/producer of Shadow Lawn Stage. Dr. Burke teaches a wide variety of classes, including acting, creative dramatics, tech theater, and improvisation. His specialties include directing, theater management, and theater education. He has directed or produced more than 200 plays and musicals.
    Sheri Anderson photoSheri Anderson has an MFA in stage management from University of California–San Diego. She has worked on more than a dozen Broadway plays, including Phantom of the Opera, Little Me, and The Full Monty. Prof. Anderson has also worked on two national tours and numerous regional and off-Broadway productions. Her fields of interest include theater history and musical theater. She is a member of Actors' Equity and Mensa.
    Ferdinando DelGuercio photoFerdinando DelGuercio holds a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. As the technical director for the Lauren K. Woods Theatre since 2002, Prof. DelGuercio has designed and helped students build more than 45 sets for academic productions, as well as for the Shadow Lawn Stage. At Monmouth, he teaches art appreciation and 3-D design, as well as stagecraft. He continues his private work in sculpture, where he works with various materials in his home studio.
    Nicole Ricciardi photoNicole Ricciardi is a professional actor and director who received her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. Prof. Ricciardi has written and directed a number of department productions and has taught workshops around the world and locally at Drew University, Eastern Connecticut State University, and Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts. She is a member of Actors' Equity and the Circle East Theater Company in New York City.
    Maurice Moran photoMaurice J. Moran (production associate) has been an actor, stage manager, public relations manager, and director for educational and professional theaters in northern New Jersey for more than 30 years. As such, he has directed more than 100 plays and musicals. With an MA in performance studies from NYU, he taught secondary school journalism, media, and theater courses. He has been an adjunct professor with the Department of Music and Theatre Arts, as well as a director and company manager for Shadow Lawn Stage, since 2009. He is a member of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE).