Stewardship - Directors Jeffrey Woodworth & Neelam Makvana
Ms. Neelam Makvana (vocal director) received her Master’s Degree in Music Education from the Teacher’s College of Columbia University in 2015. Ms. Makvana joined the Montgomery Vocal Program in 2015 where she serves as lead vocal teacher for the Upper Middle School vocal program, director of the UMS auditioned treble ensemble, Melodies, music director for the UMS Spring Musical, and is assistant vocal director for the MHS choirs. She previously taught for three years as a vocal and general music director in the Franklin Township School District. She has vast experience in choral and solo performance, including classical, jazz, and pop styles. She has performed in many musical theater productions and a cappella groups, as well as ACDA, NAfME All-Eastern and NJMEA All-State and Region festivals and at prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Saint Paul’s Chapel of Columbia University. Ms. Makvana received her B.M. from The College of New Jersey with a vocal concentration in 2012. While attending she studied under Mark Moliterno for voice and also served as assistant conductor of the TCNJ College Choir.Mr. Jeffrey Woodworth (vocal director) is a cum laude graduate from The William Paterson University, where he majored in piano and voice in the Honors Program. While attending he studied under Gary Kirkpatrick (piano) and baritone, Stephen Bryant (voice). Mr. Woodworth joined the music faculty at Montgomery High School in 2008, where he is now artistic director for six vocal ensembles, serves as music director and repetiteur for theatre productions, and coaches voice students at the high school. He also serves as assistant vocal director for the Montgomery Upper Middle School. Under his direction, the Montgomery High School Vocal Program, in tandem with MHS Orchestra, has performed in numerous prestigious international venues, including: Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University, the Basilicas of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré (Quebec) and Saint Nazarius and Celsus (Carcassonne, France), Barcelona Cathedral (Spain), and the Stift-Melk Abbey and Salzburg Dom (Austria). During his tenure at MHS, Mr. Woodworth has also taught CP & AP Music Theory and Music Appreciation. He previously taught for four years as vocal music director at Delaware Valley Regional High School. Over the past sixteen years, he has conducted over 400 vocal works for performance. Mr. Woodworth previously served on the Board of the Central Jersey Music Educators’ Association as Chairperson for High School Women’s Choir. He has also served as rehearsal accompanist for the New Jersey All-State Choirs, Assistant Director for the Concord Chamber Singers of the Lehigh Valley and as accompanist for GPYO Choir. He is a recipient of the Mark Nevin Award for Composition and has performed in numerous venues including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. He is a prior composition fellow in the annual Composers Workshop with the renowned Alice Parker.
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