The Monmouth Symphony works with many talented musicians for the guest solo artists featured in their concert performances. Here is a selection of past featured artists:
SHAWN T. MACK made his professional operatic debut as Escamillo the Toreador with The Secret Opera Company in August of 2015 and has performed as the Bass soloist for various oratorio performances. Shawn’s love of singing began at a young age, when he first began voice study with the late Dodi Protero at age 13 and continued at Westminster Choir College with Mark Moliterno. As a student at Westminster Choir College (’09), Shawn had the privilege of singing under many talented conductors in the Symphonic Choir and Williamson Voices, which brought him on tour to beautiful venues across the country, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Verizon Hall, under the guided direction of Dr. James Jordan and Dr. Joe Miller. Since graduation, Shawn has worked in several churches as music director, and is currently serving at St. Anthony of Padua in Red Bank, NJ. In 2009, Shawn returned to his alma mater to direct the award-winning Red Bank Catholic High School Choir. With his students he has four times had the honor of serving as a guest conductor at Carnegie Hall with the American Festival Choir, under director Dr. Phil Barfoot. As director of the Trenton Diocesan Choir and Artistic Director for the Society of St. Cecelia at St. Anthony's, Shawn has conducted works by Bach, Faure, Vivaldi, Handel, Rutter, and Mozart. Shawn would like to thank his wife Eileen and his parents and Meme, as well as all of his family, friends and colleagues for their unending support throughout his career.
MARDEE REED-ULMER is principal flutist with The Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea and is formerly principal flutist with the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra (MSO) and the New Jersey State Orchestra. She has been a concerto soloist with the MSO and the Orchestra of St. Peter. Ms. Reed-Ulmer has been a frequent recitalist including her debut at Carnegie Recital Hall and performing there again after its renovation and renaming to Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Both performances received positive New York Times reviews. She won the National Flute Association's Competition for Professional Flutists. Her greatest honor was to be asked by Frances Blaisdell to perform in a concert honoring Miss Blaisdell at the Los Angeles NFA Convention. Her principal teachers include Frances Blaisdell, Julius Baker, Thomas Nyfenger and Keith Underwood and she has participated in masterclasses of Jean-Pierre Rampal and Samual Baron. Ms. Reed-Ulmer teaches privately, presents masterclasses in schools and freelances in the tri-state area. She currently resides in Highland Lakes, New Jersey with her husband, Bob.
RON LEVY, internationally acclaimed pianist, has been called "first-class" by the New York Times. He regularly appears in major venues, both as a soloist, and in partnership with many of the world's leading singers and instrumentalists. A graduate of Oberlin, Mr. Levy has been pianist and harpsichordist of the Oberlin Orchestra, the Westchester Symphony, and the Albany Symphony, among others. Presently, he is the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood Music Director and the pianist of the Orpheus Men's Chorus and the award-winning Palisades Virtuosi of which he is a founding member. For over 20 years, Mr. Levy was associated with the Manchester (VT) Music Festival, of which he was a faculty and Board member. While living in Vermont, he was Music Director & Conductor of the Opera Theatre in Weston, and impresario of the "Third Saturday" chamber music series at the historic Equinox Hotel, as well as the "Music on the Hill" music series at the Southern Vermont Art Center. Mr. Levy has taught at numerous colleges and is currently an instructor at Montclair State University; he maintains an active and on-going affiliation with the Manhattan School of Music, Juilliard, and NJ PAC. A two-term President of the Professional Music Teachers' Guild of NJ, he is a contributing editor to BIM Music Publications, Switzerland. In the Spring of 2011 Mr. Levy made his debut at the Academy of the Arts and the University in Oahu, Hawaii. Recordings by Mr. Levy are available on the Albany, Centaur, Eroica, Koch International, MMF and High Point labels.