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AUDITIONING SINGERS

We are always looking to add talent to of our musical family. We are currently well represented in the areas of tenor and vocal percussion thus would particularly love to hear from talented soprano, alto and bass singers. Rehearsals are Thursday nights in Oak Ridge, New Jersey.

Please to arrange for an audition or call Jennifer Kitchin: 973-432-7239. Please let us know what part you would like to audition for.

NO STRINGS A CAPPELLA SINGERS

Jennifer Kitchin - Soprano 2
Jennifer Kitchin is the Executive Producer at Genuine: The Real People Company.

For over 17 years, she has cast and produced the casting for numerous commercial campaigns including American Express, Lean Cuisine, Dove, State Farm, Go Daddy, Capital One and Aquafresh to name just a few.

She was recently featured as a very busy person in a short film for Jet Blue entitled Humankinda. Keep an eye out for her during your next Jet Blue flight!

Jennifer also holds a BFA in musical theater from the University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music and performed professionally as a member of Actor’s Equity. Since moving to Sussex County, she has performed with Cornerstone Playhouse in “Me & My Girl,” “Annie,” “Something’s Afoot,” “Crazy for You,” “Nunsense,” and “Moon Over Buffalo.”

She performed with an a cappella group in high school and is glad to have the opportunity to do so again as an adult.

Jennifer’s proudest accomplishment is her amazing daughter, Natalie, who also enjoys music and theater.
Debbie Nannery - Soprano 1
Debbie Nannery is a graduate of The College of New Jersey where she earned a B.A. in Vocal Music Performance. Throughout the years Debbie has enjoyed being a part of a variety of musical venues. She was a singing telegramist for many years, bringing personally written songs to many surprised and embarrassed recipients. Musical theater was at the forefront for many years playing in many NJ Theaters, such as: Plays in the Park, Cornerstone Playhouse, The Barn Theater, Drama Geeks and Sussex County Community College Theater. Her musical theater repertoire includes: The Beggar Woman in Sweeny Todd, Reno Sweeny in Anything Goes, the Duchess in Me and my Girl, Martha in White Christmas, Mother Superior in Nunsense, Lady Grace in Something’s A Foot, Aunt Eller in Oklahoma, Aunt March in Little Women and the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz. Singing in the contemporary worship band in her church has been most inspirational. Most recently choral singing has been her favorite past time, singing with the Sussex County Oratorio Society, the Unity Choir and now the best bunch ever - No Strings A capella!

Her most important and passionate roles are playing Mom to two wonderful teenage boys, Nick and Shane and wife to the kindest soul ever, Bill.
Elizabeth Ward - Alto 1
Elizabeth Ward holds a B.A. in Music and Anthropology from Lawrence University where she studied voice, piano, and music theory. She also sang with the Concert Choir and performed in several musicals, including Into the Woods (Florinda) and The Fantastiks (Louisa). Prior to moving to New Jersey in 2009, she lived in Massachusetts where she sang for many years with Vox Lucens, a Boston-based Renaissance choir that focuses on historically-accurate works of the 16th century. She also taught music and directed Annie Jr. and Fiddler on the Roof Jr. at the Woodward School.

Liz currently resides in Sparta, NJ with her husband, two daughters and cats, and teaches Social Studies at Jefferson Township Middle School.
Joeleen Corrales-Lee - Alto 2
Joeleen serves as a special education teacher at Unity Charter School in Morristown, NJ. She holds a B.A.in English Literature from Boston University and a M.A. in Elementary/Special Education from NYU. In college, Joeleen sang in Boston University’s In Achord (a cappella group), BU’s Choral Society, BU’s Chamber Choir, and the Steinhardt School Madrigal Choir at NYU. She was runner-up for “Best Soloist” in the Northeast International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella 2001/2002 Semi-final Competition and sang the leading role of Mama Rose in her high school production of Gypsy. Joeleen makes her home in Ridgefield, NJ, with her husband James, and their twin boys, Lucas and Nate.
Zoë Makofske - Alto 2
Zoë Makofske grew up with music all around her. Her father, a classical tenor, taught her about all different kinds of music from the time she was a baby. Her love of music led her to go to Keene State College to study music education--where she discovered jazz. Abandoning all notions of teaching, she left school and moved to Boston to learn from the session musicians. She did eventually return to school, studying vocal jazz at UMass Amherst. As a professional musician Zoë has worked as a freelance jazz singer, most notably with her husband, jazz guitarist/music therapist Adam Makofske; sung with original rock band Division By Zero; numerous wedding bands including The Lawton Street Band; the Montclair State University Concert Choir and was a featured soloist with the Keene State College Concert Choir, UMass Amherst Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Concert Choir, and Montclair State University Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Of course, she now possesses her M.A.T. in Music Education from Montclair State University and taught in NJ public schools for five years.

Zoë lives in Hewitt, NJ with her husband Adam and her young sons Wesley and Casey. She spends her days at home with her little boys and owns Talking Heart Childbirth Services where she works as a doula and lactation counselor and also teaches preschool music classes.
Antonio Endriga - Tenor 1 | Vocal Percussion
Antonio Endriga is the newest member of No Strings. Originally from Massachusetts, he is a founding member of the a cappella group The Doo Wop Shop which was started in 1993. He also sang in the Vocal Jazz ensemble while matriculating at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is a former music teacher for the Iskwelahang Pilipino Rondalla in Boston - a string ensemble that plays a mix of traditional and contemporary Filipino music.

Most recently he sang with the Princeton University based a cappella group Stay Tuned and also with the Voice of Rock Project in Chester, NJ.

He is excited to be bringing his talent as a vocal percussionist and tenor to the group.
Mike Yannuzzi - Tenor 2
Mike is a retired vocal/general music teacher. Mike had taught in various school systems for over 13 years. He holds an MA in music education, from Montclair State University.

Mike has sung with The Orpheus Club, Ridgewood, NJ, the choir of the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Newark, NJ, and has also sung with the Opera Workshop at the Mannes School of Music in Manhattan. For over twenty years, Mike has served as the choir director of the Oak Ridge Presbyterian Church, in Oak Ridge, NJ.

Mike has been very active in Community Theater, as an actor, director and musical director. Some of his favorite roles have been Judas in Jesus Christ, Superstar, Harold Hill in The Music Man, and Sancho Panza in Man of LaMancha.

Mike has been a member of the band Sandy & the Wanderers for over 30 years, and have opened for the likes of Andy Williams, Asleep at the Wheel, and the Charlie Daniels Band. Mike is also the co-musical director for The Steve Ames Show, on Comcast cable.
Steve Gale - Tenor 1
Steve has been an enthusiast of singing since the late 80's, where he was introduced to theater at Pax Amicus in Budd Lake. After appearing in many chorus roles in shows like Jesus Christ Superstar, Shenandoah and Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Steve provided the voice of Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors and portrayed Emile Debeq in South Pacific.

In 2007 - after an entirely too long hiatus from singing - Steve became involved with the start up of the 4 part vocal group The Acappella Rock Shop, and in 2010 left to pursue his dream of creating an a cappella project focusing on the genre of classic rock. The Voice of Rock Project had a 4 year run, appearing on cable, old fashioned radio and taking the stage on several occasions. Also producing most of the groups arrangements, Steve filled in tenor, bass and lead parts as well as occasional vocal percussion as needed.
Ralph Wallace - Bass
Ralph Wallace has performed professionally with many local theatre groups. Favorite regional roles include Cliff Bradshaw in Cabaret with Black River Playhouse, Luther Billis in South Pacific with Ridge Summer Players, Scapino in Scapino with Trilogy, Sir Harry in Once Upon a Mattress with The Barn Theater, and Joe the Bartender in the original musical, Joe’s Bar. He was a featured performer at Lovey’s Showcase for 5 years, and for the last 15 years, Ralph has been involved with The Growing Stage-Children’s Theater of New Jersey. Ralph sang for 16 years in the barbershop quartet Once Over Lightly and founded the critically acclaimed jazz vocal group 6*2*5. 6*2*5 appeared in clubs in Manhattan and across New Jersey, performing with musicians such as Mitch Schechter, John Arbo and Gary Mazzaroppi, among others. Ralph makes his home in Netcong, NJ.

ABOUT NO STRINGS A CAPPELLA

No Strings A Cappella of Sussex County New Jersey was formed in August of 2013 offering a mixed repertoire of popular and jazz as well as classical. We want to reach more people in more places with our unique music. Indoor or out, formal or casual, on the move or on stage No Strings Acappella can provide a performance customized to your entertainment needs.

We are excited to bring our zest for acappella singing to audiences in New Jersey, New York and PA.
Funding has been made available in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through the State/County Partnership Block Grant Program, as administered through the Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council.