NJ Womensong was founded in 2013 by choral directors Hillary Colton and Rose Nagy. It is a 501c non-profit organization committed to enhancing the lives of its members and the community through a love of choral music.
The chorus rehearses on Wednesday nights from 6:45-8:15pm as well as several weekend performances. Our 2019-2020 season included a fall concert with the Hunterdon Harmonizers, a winter and spring concert, as well as several community events, including caroling at local hospitals and performing annually at the Flemington Jewish Community Center and Raritan Community Day. We are thrilled to be having our in-person concert on June 18th, 2022, and sharing music with the community.
Hillary Colton is the Musical Director and Conductor of the choir. She is the Director of Choral Activities at Hunterdon Central Regional High School where she directs seven choirs. Ms Colton is also the 2007 NJ Master Music Teacher of the Year and a recipient of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Arts Education. Ms Colton has conducted the NJ All State Women’s Choir at NJPAC, and conducts on a European concert tour every summer with American Music Abroad. She received her Bachelors of Music in Music Education and Vocal Performance from the University of Delaware and her Masters in Vocal Performance from the Manhattan School of Music
Rosemary Nagy teaches 7th and 8th grade vocal and classroom music at JP Case Middle School. Her professional accolades include Teacher of the Year in 2002 and 2011 as well as a two time recipient of the NJ Governor's Teacher Recognition Award. She is a Fulbright Alumnus, teaching at the Leweston School in Sherborne, England. Mrs Nagy has had the honor of guest conducting the NJ Junior High Honors Choir and the Central Jersey Music Educators Region II Honors Chorus. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Westminster Choir College and has a Master of Arts degree from Teachers College, Columbia University
Thomas Molessa has been accompanying choruses, choirs, and soloists for more than 35 years. He has performed throughout the world on various tours and music festivals in Asia, Europe and North America. Thomas is also currently the accompanist of Lehigh Valley Men's Chorus in Bethlehem, PA and Delaware Valley Choral Society, in Milford, PA. He is also a collaborator with various J-Pop groups in Japan.
Thomas has studied piano accompaniment and coaching at Westminster Choir College, holds a Bachelor of Business degree in Actuarial Science at Rider University, and an MBA degree in Marketing and Computer Science at the University of Rochester. When he is not accompanying, Thomas sings for the group Clarum Sonum in Boonton, NJ, and tutors math online.