STAFF

CARL HELDER (Musical and Showchoir Director) graduated with honors from William Paterson's Music Education Program where he was also named Outstanding Senior in Music Education, He began his career teaching in nearby Ramsey's middle school where he was musical director and was also rehearsal accompanist and vocal director for Ramsey High School. He came to GRHS to direct the award winning GRHS Concert, Chamber and Women's Choirs. Musical Direction credits include: A Chorus Line, A Funny Thing Happened, Footloose, Fame, The Drowsy Chaperone, Disney's Beauty and The Beast, Little Shop of Horrors, The Addams Family, Legally Blonde and Mamma Mia!

Available For Private Lessons

APRYL HELDER, (Musical Director) is in high demand as a performer and voice teacher. She has graced many stages and venues including Carnegie Hall, NY. She is an adjunct teacher at NJPAC and is a soloist at West Side Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood, NJ. Opera and musical theater credits include: The Witch in" Into The Woods", Queen Aggravain in "Once Upon A Mattress", Mother Abbess In "The Sound Of Music", Cherubino and Marcellina in "La Nozze di Figaro", Tessa in "The Gondoliers" and Pitti-Ping in The Mikado. She is the winner of the Mid-South National Association of Teachers Of Singing.

Available For Private Lessons

GRACE ANN PISANI (Director-Choreographer) started her Broadway career playing both Tessie & Kate in the National Touring Company of "Annie". Some of her standout credit include: "A Christmas Carol" (Theater at Madison Square Garden}, "Jane Eyre" Young Georgina Reed (Papermill Playhouse), Nancy in "Oliver!" (CCC Theater and Park Players), Eponine in “Les Miserables”, Belle “Beauty and the Beast” (Riverstage) as well as countless musicals, commercials and voice-overs.

ANNA LILIKAS (Choreographer) holds a BM in Music Education, a BS in Communication Sciences and a Masters in Music Education from Syracuse University, She has choreographed for Dance troupes at Syracuse University, community theatres, Northern Valley Regional High School, Saddle River Youth Theatre and Glen Rock High School's "Legally Blonde" and "Mamma Mia!".

CHRISTOPHER BARKER (Executive Director) Mr. Barker has been the Director of the Glen Rock High School musical since 2013 including such memorable productions as: "Drowsy Chaperone", “Beauty and The Beast”, “Little Shop of Horrors”, “The Addams Family", “Legally Blonde” and "Mamma Mia!".. After a long career in the NYC film industry, Mr. Barker founded the Award-Winning Saddle River Youth Theatre (1996), a Performing Arts School for students Grades 1st-12th now located in Allendale, N.J. SRYT is celebrating their 23rd Anniversary Season with over 250 productions to date and boasts a competitive, traveling Show-Choir which has performed in Walt Disney World to rave reviews for many years. Mr. Barker is also the Artistic Director of Riverstage (2006), a North Jersey Community Theater Company for both adults and teens. His play “Poe’s Phantoms” (based on a play he performed through Riverstage) was published this past fall on Amazon.

Available For Private Lessons