Board of Directors
Board Members for 2012-2013
Gordon King, Co-Chair of Finance and Development, an accomplished organist, choir director, composer, and is a tenor with Schola, entering his eighth year. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Texas majoring in music with concentrations in organ and choral studies. He is the organist and choir director at St. John's in the Village Episcopal Church in New York. Prior to his moving to NJ from Texas in 1991, he was the Music Director at All Saints Episcopal Cathedral in Fort Worth for many years where he directed three choirs and also taught music in the parish day school. He founded the Diocesan Choir which gave annual concerts of major choral works with orchestral accompaniment.
King studied composition with Merrill Ellis, Daniel Pinkham, and Noel Goemanne. His works have been published by Warner Brothers, Mark Foster, Concordia, Choristers Guild, and GIA. The King Chorale, a professional ensemble, produced a favorably reviewed recording of American choral music on the Orion label. He taught at Kean University for many years, and he is active in the New Jersey and New York chapters of the American Guild of Organists (AGO). He has two sons, Patrick and Michael. Patrick is a senior segment producer for the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Michael and his wife, Hannah, are students at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, Texas.
Sara Livolsi, Co-Chair of Marketing and Operations, is an accomplished vocalist with several years of classical vocal training. She has performed on the stages of some of the finest concert halls, including Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. She has worked with some of the Tri-State area's finest performing groups, such as the Masterwork Chorus and the New England Symphonic Ensemble by means of Mid-America Productions under the direction of both John Rutter and Jonathan Griffith.
Livolsi first worked with Schola Cantorum on Hudson (SCH) as a high school student, becoming an official member in 2010. She is currently Co-Chair of Marketing and Operations and Project : Encore™ Operations Manager. Her vocal abilities extend beyond classical style. She has sung, acted, and danced in numerous theatrical productions, including: musical theater, opera, and dramatic/comedic straight play. In addition, she spent several years performing with New Jersey City University's Jazz Vocal Ensemble. While there, she performed various popular jazz compositions, including arrangements performed by the New York Voices. She has also collaborated with composer Andrew Rosciszewski on his genre-bending explorations into the world of progressive rock and orchestral music.
Livolsi is an alumni of New Jersey City University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Music.
Richard Seeger, Treasurer, was born in Saline, Michigan a few miles south of Ann Arbor. Growing up on his father's dairy farm, he soon learned that agriculture was not for him.
He went to the University of Michigan School of Music for a couple of years and especially loved being in the Michigan Marching Band under William D. Revelli, but again decided that this was not the right career path for him. He then obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Cleary College in Ypsilanti, which turned out to be the right choice.
Seeger worked for some 40 years in accounting, the last 30 years of which were at American Standard Inc., mostly in the Corporate Tax Department. He retired at age 62 in 2005. He became aware of Schola through volunteer singing with the St John's in the Village choir, where several Schola members have sung.
Alison Self, Secretary, has been a singing member of Schola Cantorum on Hudson since 2010, she has been a keen amateur singer all her life and is excited by the opportunity that Schola offers to grow as a musician.
She graduated from Queen Mary College, University of London with a BSc. in Genetics and subsequently moved to America with her husband and twin sons in 1995. She currently works at Caldwell College as the faculty secretary for several departments. She is also a member of the Caldwell College Choir.
Alexander Wentworth, is a Senior Staff Engineer at ITT Aerospace/Communications Division in Clifton, NJ, with 26 years of experience. Working as a software engineer, he has designed and developed software for military radios and other networking equipment.
He has been a singing member of SCH since its inception. He has been a board member since July 2002, and served as Treasurer from July 2003 to June 2005. A longtime Hoboken, NJ resident, Mr. Wentworth was a founding trustee of the Hoboken Evangelical Free Church, and served as its treasurer from 1985 through 1986. He has sung in a number of ensembles and choirs in Hudson County.
Mary Lou West, has been an active volunteer for Schola Cantorum on Hudson for many years and has thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the singers on the trips to Austria/Hungary and Canterbury. She studied at Cornell and Columbia where she earned a PhD in astrophysics. She is retired from teaching astronomy and physics for 42 years at Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ. Her research interests are the properties of meteorites, active sunspots and their effect of Earth's ionosphere, and cosmic ray muons. She organizes the popular weekly Public Telescope Nights at MSU and the local amateur astronomy club NJAG. She has done research with high school students and often gives workshops for middle school teachers in hands-on science and math. She is one of three leaders of the $3 million NSF GK-12 STEM grant "Fellows in the Middle" in which graduate students in science and mathematics spend 10 hours/week in selected middle schools.
She loves music and played the clarinet, which led her to meet Roger (clarinet, bass-baritone). They have two children and two grandchildren.
We remain grateful to the dedicated individuals who have grown this organization from the position of Chairperson of the Board of Directors:
- Andrew P. Jones, 2010-2012
- Salvatore A. Diana, 2005-2010
- Mark Davies, 2002-2005
- Roger West, 1999-2002
- Mary C. Quinn, 1995-1999