Professional Development

Meet the Funders

Logos of Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs, The Jersey City Arts Council and Rising Tide Capital

NOW CHANGED DUE TO ELECTION DAY to Wednesday, November 6, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. 
Skyline Room – NJCU School of Business

NJCU, with The Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs, The Jersey City Arts Council and Rising Tide Capital presents a morning of networking with potential funders in the region and information regarding the funders’ unique focus.


Professional Performance without Fear

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JUDITH FARRIS

Thursday, November 14
4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Margaret Williams Theatre
Registration: $50; Students and Seniors $30

This course is designed to raise the bar on performance skills. Students will delve into specific musical pieces with techniques to strengthen the depth of their delivery.

A protégé of the late Keith Davis, Judith Farris is the teacher of many of New York’s finest singers. As a singer, Farris’ primary performance genre was opera. In addition to having had a successful career in Europe, she has enjoyed appearances with the Santa Fe Opera, the Opera Theater of St. Louis, the Washington Opera and the Chicago Opera Theater, and performances at Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center.

Farris has appeared with the St. Louis Symphony, National Symphony, the American Symphony,
the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and the National Symphony in Washington, D.C. She has appeared and recorded with the New York Philharmonic and has sung as a featured soloist with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Farris has been a frequent guest with New York Musical Sacra and has sung under the baton of master conductors such as Leonard Slatkin.

Her many awards include the Marian Anderson Scholarship, the National Arts Club of New York City Contraltos, The Minna Kauffman Rudd Award from the Metropolitan Opera, The Lucrezia Bori Award, and the Metropolitan Opera Katherine Long Grant Award.


Vocal Health: Helping singers explore the present and experience the self with greater efficiency

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DR. DONNA CONNOLLY, Area Coordinator of Vocal Studies

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Margaret Williams Theatre
Registration: $50; Students and Seniors $25

This class is designed to help each singer body map efficiently, experience core breathing and maximize their sound through exploration of resonance.

Soprano, Donna Zapola-Connolly, has garnered acclaim in her international career from locales as diverse as Bangkok, Cairo, Manila, Hong Kong and Korea, as well as the major opera and concert houses in New York City and around the US. Appearing with Opera Theatre of St. Louis’ acclaimed production of Il Viaggio a Reims, she has appeared as Violetta in La Traviata in Manila, Micaela in Carmen in Cairo, Agnese in Opera Orchestra of New York’s concert of Bellini’s Beatrice di Tenda conducted by Eve Queler, and under the direction of Leonard Slatkin with the St. Louis Symphony in Janácek’s Danube at Avery Fischer Hall in New York’s Lincoln Center.

She toured the US as Violetta in La Traviata with the New York City National Company and the Western Opera Theater touring company from San Francisco Opera. Dr. Connolly has toured and performed extensively in the Middle and Far Eastern countries. Among many awards, she recently was selected for the distinguished Voice Internship at Mount Sinai’s Grabscheid Voice Center in New York City, under the leadership of Dr. Peak Woo.


Beyond the Page

Marc Dalio
MARC DALIO, Area Coordinator of Musical Theatre Studies & Professor of Voice

Tuesday, May 5, 2020
4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Margaret Williams Theatre
Registration: $50; Students and Seniors $25

This course explores the objectives and actions within the lyrics of songs. Singers delve into “What are we doing?”, “To whom are we speaking?”, “How do we create our stories?” and “What is our job as a performer?”.

Marc G. Dalio’s award winning stage credits include: Gaston and Beast, in the Broadway National Tour and German Permiere’s of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Broadway National Tour of Les Miserables (Marius), International Company of Miss Saigon (Chris) Regional leading roles in Songs for a New World, South Pacific, Romance Romance, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Aida, And the World Goes Round, Miss Saigon, the American Premiere of Metropolis, West Side Story, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Pippin, South Pacific, Noises Off, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Most recently, Marc was seen as Father in the critically acclaimed Children of Eden with the New Jersey City University. Marc’s voice can be heard on the Original German Cast Recording of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast as Gaston, Imagination Productions’ Godspell as Judas, as well as Send Me an Angel by DJ Cosmos/ Mythos, Angel Falls by Ayla, Always Running by the Euphonics and A Wish for Christmas, a CD benefiting the Make a Wish Foundation. He is also the lead singer/ piano man for New York State of Mind - The Music of Billy Joel (facebook.newyorkstateofmindband)