Artistic Director - Reid Masters
Acclaimed for his “infectious passion,” Reid Masters has been the Artistic Director of the New Jersey Chamber Singers since 2007, and he is the Co-founder and Assistant Director of the professional chamber choir Kinnara Ensemble. Reid studied choral conducting with Joseph Flummerfelt, Andrew Megill, Joe Miller, Sun Min Lee, Dale Warland, and Patrick Gardner in addition to working with Helmuth Rilling. He is internationally active as a clinician, leading workshops and master classes for ensembles such as the Taichung Chamber Singers in Taiwan and the Highgrove Singers in the Bahamas.
As a countertenor, Reid has made solo appearances around New Jersey and New York featuring repertoire such as Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Gesualdo’s Tenebrae Responsories, Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri, Scarlatti’s Stabat Mater, Schütz’s Musikalische Exequien, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, and Handel’s Messiah. He has performed with some of the Northeast’s finest baroque ensembles such as the Brandywine Baroque Band and The Sebastians. In choral settings, Reid has sung with some of the most prestigious orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic under the direction of conductors such as Maestros Lorin Maazel, Kurt Mazur, Alan Gilbert, and Nicholas McGegan.
Reid was named a Rider scholar and graduated Summa cum Laude from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ with Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Sacred Music. Most recently, Reid was awarded a Mortensen Fellowship and earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting from Mason Gross School of the Arts where he also directed the Rutgers University Choir and taught undergraduate conducting.
Accompanist - Karen Hill MiskeKaren has been a professional accompanist, church musician and teacher for over 20 years. She has served as accompanist for many choral groups including the Vorhees Choir (Rutgers), the Garden State Philharmonic Chorus and Runnymede Singers (Washington , D.C.), as well as a staff accompanist at The College of New Jersey, Mason Gross School of the Arts, The Boston Conservatory and The Aspen Music School. She has served on the piano faculties of The College of New Jersey, Georgian Court University and Brookdale Community College. She has also served as the Director of Music at Harvey Memorial United Methodist Church, St. Andrew United Methodist Church and Associate Minister of Music at The Presbyterian Church of Toms River. Currently, Karen teaches piano at her studio in Pine Beach and is the organist at the Waretown United Methodist Church.