Anne Matlack, Artistic Director
Dr. Anne Matlack holds a BA in Music from Yale University and MM & DMA degrees in Choral Conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She has been Artistic Director of Harmonium Choral Society since 1987. Dr. Matlack has been Organist/Choirmaster at Grace Episcopal Church in Madison since 1990. There she directs a full program of children's and adult choirs and a concert series, Grace Community Music. Grace Church and Harmonium singers joined to serve as Choir-in Residence at Winchester Cathedral, UK, in the summer of 2015. Dr. Matlack is president-elect of the New Jersey Board of the American Choral Directors Association, where she has served as Repertoire and Resources Chair for Community Choirs for many years. She is active as an adjudicator and clinician, and concertizes on organ and flute. She has taught at Kean University and Lafayette College, and conducted the Yale University Freshman Chorus. Her conducting teachers have included Fenno Heath, Elmer Thomas, and Earl Rivers, and workshops with Robert Shaw and Eric Ericson. She is the 2003 recipient of the Arts Council of the Morris Area’s Outstanding Professional in the Arts Award. During her tenure as Artistic Director, the 100-voice choral society has been recognized for its musical excellence and innovative programming.
Helen Raymaker, Accompanist
Helen Raymaker has been accompanying musicians in schools, churches, and communities since fifth grade. Since moving to New Jersey in 2010, she has served as accompanist for choral groups at Drew University, Light Opera of New Jersey, school groups in Madison, Chatham, and Morristown, and various churches including Grace Church in Madison. She loves playing live classical music for toddlers at the Madison Public Library, and maintains a teaching studio in Madison.
Helen has music and business degrees from Northwestern University. She is the President of Madison Music & Arts, a fundraising and advocacy group for the arts in Madison schools.
Linda Kastner, Chorus Manager
Linda Kastner graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. She also earned a Masters in Business Administration in Market Research from New York University. Prior to working as a marketing consultant with such companies as Insight Research Corp., Automatic Data Processing Inc., and ITT, Mrs. Kastner held the position of Director of Marketing for Automatic Data Processing Inc. She also held the position of Product Manager at AT&T Computer System Division where she developed a line of personal computers for DOS and UNIX applications. In addition, she has served as Research Analyst for Holiday Inns Corporation. Mrs. Kastner has taught on the faculty of the Institut de Management Hotelier International graduate program at CORNELL/ESSEC in France as a Visiting Professor of Marketing.
Mark A. Miller, Composer-in-Residence
Mark Miller serves as Assistant Professor of Church Music at Drew Theological School and is a Lecturer in the Practice of Sacred Music at Yale University. He also is the Minister of Music of Christ Church in Summit, New Jersey. Since 1999 Mark has led music for United Methodists and others around the country, including directing music for the 2008 General Conference. His choral anthems are best sellers for Abingdon Press and Choristers Guild and his hymns are published in “Worship & Song,” “Sing! Prayer and Praise,” “Zion Still Sings,” “Amazing Abundance,” “The Faith We Sing,” and others. Mark received his Bachelor of Arts in Music from Yale University and his Master of Music in Organ Performance from Juilliard.
Martin A. Sedek, Composer-in-Residence
Polish-American composer and conductor Martin Sedek (b. 1985) is an award-winning voice in the world of choral and orchestral music, educated at Berklee College of Music, Montclair State University, and Rutgers University. Martin is Composer-in-Residence at Harmonium Choral Society & The Baldwin Festival Chorus of NYC and is the Music Director and Conductor of Choral Art Society of NJ and Associate Conductor for The Masterwork Chorus. At Montclair State University’s Cali School of Music, Martin is Assistant Conductor for the MSU Chorale and Visiting Professor of Music Theory. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in composition at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, where he studies with Tarik O’Regan.