Founder, Creative Director and Arranger
Joe Cantaffa is an instructor for the Entertainment Technology program in the Fine and Performing Arts Center (F.P.A.C.) at Howell High School in New Jersey. He teaches music production and operates the school’s student-operated record label, Next2Records. Cantaff is a member of the Board of Directors for the New Jersey Music Educators’ Association and serves as the production manager and coordinating chairman for its All-State Chorus/Orchestra/Jazz programs. He presents in-service workshops and lectures around the country regarding music curriculum, arranging, contemporary a cappella music, and the use of technology in the classroom. Additionally, he has held faculty positions for the Westminster School of the Arts/Rider University teaching tour management. Joe Cantaffa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Rutgers University and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Mason Gross School of the Arts, and is a voting member of The Grammy Awards/RIAA.
Coolest Experiences to Date: I started The RockNRoll Chorus. Being a Dad.
Guilty Pleasure: Caramel Apples
Director of Backline and Safety
Bruce is an Electrician with IBEW Local 400 for the last 14 years, who has actively participated as a volunteer firefighter for more than 20 years, holding several positions on the Executive Board. In 1996 Bruce was named “Firefighter of the Year” by Dover Township, NJ. An active participant in fire service, Bruce is a Level I Certified Instructor with the Division of Fire Safety. Bruce was also an Emergency Medical Technician for many years, helping to teach classes to new trainees. A member of Monmouth County 4H as a teen, Bruce remained active in 4H, as a member of the Board, as a volunteer-leader, and he served as Chairman of the Monmouth County 4H Fair for 5 years. He also served as a Board Member for the NJ State Fair Association. Bruce has been a staff member of RNRC since it’s inception, performing in many functions, whenever and wherever needed.
Coolest experience to date: June 1992, the day my daughter was born!
Guilty Pleasure: NASCAR!
Director of Operations and Assistant Creative Director
Participating as a cast member in the company’s primary season, Eric has been a part of The RockNRoll Chorus family from the very beginning. He holds the positions of Director of Operations/Assistant Creative Director. In May of 2010, Eric graduated from Muhlenberg College with a BA in Theater and Business. He has many years of experience in a cappella music, and loves the world of performance/entertainment. In addition to working for The RockNRoll Chorus, he is an admissions representative for Muhlenberg College.
Coolest Experience to Date: Attended a Stevie Wonder concert
Guilty Pleasure: NASCAR, House of Cards
Cast Calendar Manager
Gary Weiss is with RNRC for his 5th summer tour. Gary is a volunteer fireman for 44 years. Gary has multiple certificates in safety and Fire Prevention and Fire Protection. Gary is also a level 2 certified instructor with the Division of Fire Safety. In Gary’s 71 years of life he has done many things. He was a member of the US Army, a volunteer fireman for 48 years, truck mechanic, truck Driver, medical office manager, fire Inspector, Belmar Beach Badge attendant, and is currently working with Rock N Roll Chorus as the Cast Calendar Manager.
Coolest Experience to Date: Scuba Diving in Fiji
Guilty pleasure:Eating too much good food
Christie is currently the choir director at John F. Kennedy Memorial High School. She graduated summa cum laude from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in 2012. Her Bachelor’s Degree is in Music Education. She played the clarinet in several collegiate-level ensembles, including the Grammy-nominated Rutgers Wind Ensemble.
From 2012-2015, Christie taught general music at Iselin Middle School. She also directed the choir program, doubling its numbers and establishing two additional extracurricular ensembles: Select Choir and Men’s Choir (IMpulse). Before teaching at Iselin Middle School, Christie worked with band students at Copeland Middle School (2008) and Montgomery Upper Middle School (2012). She has worked with marching bands at Edison High School (2011), JFK High School (2013), Hopatcong High School (2013-2014), and Hackettstown High School (2012-2014).
Christie is also registration manager for the NJMEA All-State Mixed Chorus and Women’s Chorus. On the weekends, Christie leads team-building programs on a low ropes & zip-line course at the Jockey Hollow Girl Scout Camp in Mendham, NJ.
Coolest Experiences to Date: Studying abroad in Rome as a student at Rutgers (2011), running my first 5k (2015), JFK Show Choir earning perfect scores at our Music in the Parks competition (2016).
Guilty Pleasure: Law and Order: SVU, bottomless root beer floats at Red Robin, and saying hello to dogs on the street.
Performance Coach & Stage Director
Fredi Walker-Browne is show-biz veteran who works as an actress on Broadway and television, a writer, and director. Fredi was blessed with the experience of creating the role of JoAnne Jefferson in the musical Rent which won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 1996 Tony award for Best Musical. She has played many great roles including Rafiki in The Lion King and was most recently seen in Nora Ephron’s hit play Love, Loss, & What I Wore, and on Showtime’s Emmy award winning series The Big C. Her directing credits include: The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told by Paul Rudnick, When The Chickens Came Home to Roost by Lawrence Holder and Scandalous People by Myla Churchill. She dedicates most of her non-performance/ production time to arts education. She is a vocal instructor, a member of the Director’s Program for her alma mater, New York University’s Dramatic Writing Department and is proud to be on the staff of The RockNRoll Chorus.
Coolest Experience to Date: Professional/Artistic – Creating/Playing JoAnne – Personal – my marriage (12 years and counting :-)
Guilty Pleasure: LAW & ORDER on Netflix
Rachel was a former cast member of the RockNRoll Chorus and returned as the social media manager for summer tour ’15. Rachel will be the Production Assistant this tour season. She is graduating from Smith college with a bachelor’s degree in music and master’s degree in psychology in 2016.
Coolest experience to date:cliff diving in Scotland.
Guilty pleasure: golden retrievers and my cat, Samwise.
Josh recently joined the RockNRollChorus team in Summer ’15. He currently attends Freehold High School where he will graduate in the class of 2017, and plans to double major in Music Performance and Computer Science. Josh has a second degree black belt in karate, and has been studying the martial arts since he was 6 years old.
Coolest experience to date: Saxophone solo at Disney World in Florida!
Guilty pleasure: Chocolate
Vocal Coach, Graphic Artist
Lauren Ferguson obtained her Masters in Music and Music Education from the University of Florida in 2016. Lauren received her BA in K-12 Music Education in 2012 from Kean University, Union, New Jersey. Throughout her undergraduate years, Lauren was part of renowned collegiate ensembles including the Kean University Wind Ensemble, Concert Band. Chamber Music and Intercollegiate Band. Ms. Ferguson is currently teaching K-2 General Music and Chorus in Hillside Public Schools and is a vocal coach and graphic artist for The RockNRoll Chorus.
Coolest Experiences to Date: Snorkeling in Bermuda
Guilty Pleasure: 80’s New Wave Music & Gummy Bears
Karen Perla graduated Cum Laude from Rutgers University with a BA in Mathematics and Psychology in 2009. She recently finished her 4th year at Iselin Middle School as the Algebra 1 Honors teacher. Always a supporter of the arts, Karen had been an active participant in her choir in high school. She is still involved, assisting the school’s choral director whenever possible.
Coolest Experiences to Date: Skydiving
Guilty Pleasure: Playing unconventional boardgames, attending New York Comic Con for 4 years, and chocolate covered frozen bananas
Gabrielle Richa is a General Music and Choir Teacher in Elizabeth Public Schools teaching grades K-8. Gabrielle graduated with a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from New York University, Master’s of Education in Gifted and Talented Education from University of Georgia, and Master’s of Education in Educational Administration and Supervision from Rutger’s University. Gabrielle is an avid singer, singing in a cover band, and a vocal coach for The RockNRoll Chorus.
Coolest Experiences to Date: Traveling abroad and studying abroad in Prague, Czech Republic
Guilty Pleasure: Cheese
Ashley is currently in her second year at the University of Miami studying Music Engineering, Music Business and Entertainment Industries, and Business Law with minors in Electrical Engineering and Contemporary Vocal Performance. Ashley is a passionate, hardworking, & innovative young Event Producer with a keen eye for detail, harboring the creative & technical skills along with an optimistic attitude essential to conceiving & forging unforgettable experiences. Although young, she’s had wonderful opportunities traveling the world working in Production Management, Site Ops, Guest Services, and Health & Safety departments for major music festivals, companies, events, and venues such as BeachGlow, Jim Tobin Productions, Fontainebleau, Okeechobee, Creativeseen, Rockfest, EDC, Tortuga, Festival Miami, iii Points, Fractal Beach, and The Granary to name a few.
She has an unusual boundless love and dedication for the work that she does and nothing makes her happier than getting to share her experiences with others around her and create new families wherever she goes. In addition to this, she’s currently working on her first length studio album! In her free time she likes to relax on the beach, go jet skiing, play doubles tennis, and binge watch GoT and Fox shows.
“Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.” ~ Paulo Coelho
Coolest Experiences to Date: Getting to watch Slander’s set from the top of the Las Vegas Raceway while the fireworks went off over the whole EDC 20 town this year was incredibly breathtaking (I might have cried).
Guilty Pleasure: #SethRogan=bae4lyfe …. and “That’s My Jam Core” flavored Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream (;
Bill is a retired police detective for the City of Absecon in Atlantic County, NJ. He was an Officer for 14 years, of which he spent 5 years as an Undercover Narcotics Detective, working with the Atlantic County Prosecutors Office and the Atlantic City Field Office of the US Drug Enforcement Administration- D.E.A. He also spent 10 years as a Volunteer Firefighter with the City of Absecon.
After retiring from the Police Department, he found Photography as a Professional Sports Photographer. He worked for the Minnesota Twins Baseball Club as their Spring Training & East Coast Games Photographer for 5 years, photographing their games against the NY Yankees, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies and Baltimore Orioles. He also worked for ICON Sports Media a stock Sports Photography Agency in California, where he photographed The Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Flyers, as well as Rutgers Football on a regular basis. He has had many photographs published in Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine among others.
Coolest Experiences to Date: Working for the Minnesota Twins Baseball Club, photographing their games in Spring Training in Ft Myers, Fl as well as regular season games in Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore.
Guilty Pleasure: Baseball / Ice Cream
John Vines has beed the front of House engineer for the Rock and Roll Chorus since the 2014 Summer Tour. John is a multi-instrumentalist with a focus on Percussion, and has his Masters in Orchestral Performance from Temple University, where he studied with Alan Abel, Chris Deviney, and Phil O’Banion. John also has Bachelor of Music and Bachelor os Education degrees from Rowan University, where he studied with Dean Witten and Don Liuzzi. Since 2010, John has also been a member of The Creeptones, and experimental Rock group focused on technology-driven performance and composition. John began to learn Sound Egineering onw his own when he was 14, and was mentored by Jeff Levine at Organic Sounds prior to joining the RockNRoll Chorus Staff.
Coolest Experiences to Date: Taking Timpani lessons backstage at the Kimmel Center from Don Liuzzi / Making Bass Drum mallets with Alan Abel.
Guilty Pleasure: Youtube Videos
CZ Joe wears his hair long and his moral convictions high. He has owned Mr. Cycle Parts for 33 years. He is a Motorcycle Racing Champion and a Stockcar driver, tuba player barbershop quartet singer, and also sings lead and background for the Holy Echoes. He is a member of the Time Squares Church NYC Men’s Praise Choir and participates in ministry and world wide missions.
Coolest Experiences to Date: Missions Trip to Zambia Africa
Guilty Pleasure: Chili Dogs at The Hot Grill
Rick has been a bus driver for sixteen years and this will be his fourth tour with RNRC. Rick has driven in 46 states and all across Canada. Rick started his own tour company six years ago and offers many tours all around the country. Before driving a bus, Rick spent 8 years in the United States Marine Corps.
Coolest Experiences to Date: Being a member of Crossmen drum and bugle corps 85-87 and Marine Drum and Bugle corps 87-95. Getting married March 29 2016.
Guilty Pleasure: Reality TV and my dog Chip
Amanda Rossi graduated from Howell High School in 2013 as a Fine and Performing Arts Dancer. She is currently a student at High Point University in North Carolina, studying Human Relations & Dance. While she has performed with entertainment companies, dance teams, and the High Point dance department, she has also enjoyed choreographing. Her work has been displayed at research symposiums and has been recognized by the Year of the Arts foundation. Working with performers as their Health and Fitness Instructor, she is able to incorporate her dance fitness routine into a cardio curriculum. Her goal is to educate and prepare RNRC for the performance lifestyle.
Coolest Experiences to Date: Being chosen to represent High Point University at the ACDA Conference (American College Dance Association)
Guilty Pleasure: Chocolate Raspberry Ice Cream
Assistant Stage Manager
Madeline Depalma went to Howell high school and graduated from the FPAC program. Some of her outstanding accomplishments include performing at Carnegie Hall with the American Christmas Carol Choir, Sarah McLachlan, and Zachary Levi. She also performed twice at NJPAC with Howell’s concert band. She will be starting at Ramapo as a theater major in September with a concentration in directing and stage management.
Coolest Experiences to Date:Traveling through Ireland and Scotland and dancing in the streets of Edinburgh to a street bag piper
Guilty Pleasure: Chipotle
Social Media Intern
Kelly Edgeworth is 18 years old and joined the RockNRoll Chorus project fresh out of high school. She is the Social Media intern for the group as that is what she wishes to pursue Social Media Marketing in the future.This will be part of her studies as she works toward her degree in Marketing at Rutgers Newark University. Some of her major accomplishments include receiving a scholarship from Liberty Savings Federal Credit Union in a statewide competition, holding the position of President of her Alma Maters Chamber Choir as well as helping start the first ever Women’s ensemble who went on to win 1st Place Superior at their choral competition. She was and has been enjoying working with such a fulfilling program.
Coolest Experiences to Date: Traveling to California
Guilty Pleasure: Coffee Mugs