Lawrence Kursar is widely acclaimed as both performer, conductor and arranger. As a founding member of Band du Soleil and Crosswinds Trio he has performed internationally. With his writing he established the high brass trio as a viable chamber music ensemble. He performs regularly with the Trenton Civic Opera Orchestra, Allentown Symphony, Garden State Wind Quintet, and Main Street Brass Quintet and is the Music Director and Conductor of the Hunterdon Symphony Orchestra. He has performed in such prestigious venues as the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, Carnegie Hall and the Wang Center in Boston where he conducted a stage orchestra for the Bolshoi Ballet. Mr. Kursar has served on the faculty of Boston University and New England Conservatory of Music.
Kathryn Naples is one of two music teachers at the Lebanon Township School District. Ms. Naples teaches Pre-K through third grade general music, fourth and fifth grade band, and seventh and eighth grade choir. Ms. Naples is a recent graduate of Rowan University where she graduated with two Bachelor’s Degrees. One, a Bachelor of Arts in Subject Matter Education: Music, and the other a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Music Education. During her time at Rowan University, she was part of the top vocal ensemble Concert Choir under the direction of Christopher B. Thomas, and became section leader in her senior year. While Ms. Naples was in The Rowan University Concert Choir, in addition to performing on the home stage of Rowan University, she had the pleasure of performing for the ACDA conference in Boston, MA, Austria, Germany and the NJMEA conference in East Brunswick, NJ. Ms. Naples was part of the early music ensemble Voces XII. During her time in Voces XII, she had the pleasure of performing in Cape May, NJ, Haddonfield, NJ and Philadelphia, PA. Ms. Naples was also granted the opportunity to be a conducting intern for the Haddonfield Episcopal Church under the direction of Maximillian Esmus. In addition to her love for music and performing art, Ms. Naples is also an amature photographer, and has a love for visual art.