Jacqueline Guttman recently completed an eighteen-year tenure as director of Kol Emet, the adult choir of Temple Emeth, in Teaneck. She also coaches a small instrumental trio in Englewood and taught music in schools in Leonia as well as Nyack, Riverdale and Highland Falls, NY. A former flutist, she performed with the Bergen Philharmonic and Adelphi Chamber Orchestras for many years and free-lanced with various pick-up orchestras in Northern New Jersey. Chamber music performances included appearances with members of the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera orchestras. Guttman was at one time assistant conductor of the North Jersey Symphony, when it was known as the Tenafly Orchestra. She has a BS in music education from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, where she studied conducting with Brock McElheran, and holds masters degrees in music education and arts administration from New York University.
Ana Kouyoumdjian was born in Romania where she began her performing career with the Children's Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera in Bucharest. In the US she coaches with Aurora Micu of the Westminster Conservatory. Ms. Kouyoumdjian has appeared as soloist with the Hopewell Valley Chorus, the chamber ensemble Joyful Notes, the New Jersey Concert Opera Company and the Harmonia Chamber Players, and has performed in recitals at Westminster Choir College and throughout the New York metropolitan area. As co-founder of the Harmonia Chamber Players, Ms. Kouyoumdjian facilitates the Harmonia Educational Outreach Program which brings Classical Music to children with special needs.
Nancy Vanderslice, oboe, has performed in ensembles throughout the northeastern US and Europe. She is principal oboist with the Plainfield Symphony and the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, with which she has been a frequent soloist. A Broadway musician as well, she is currently substitute oboist for Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera. As a private teacher, Nancy has been educating students on winds and piano for nearly 40 years. She is an adjunct professor at Montclair State University and the County College of Morris and an ESL tutor with The Literacy Volunteers of Morris County. Vanderslice received a Bachelors Degree in oboe performance at the North Carolina School of the Arts and a Masters Degree in Music at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Her teachers have included John Mack, Marc Fink, Marsha Heller and Melanie Feld. Nancy can also be heard on three Contemporary Christian CDs: Allen York’s Call to Worship, Gerard Chiusano’s Waiting for Love and a 2018 release, The Wood and The Stone. https://sites.google.com/site/oboenancy/