About our Guest Soloist:
Kimberley Mesiti is a resident of Bloomfield and Cantor at St. Thomas the Apostle Church. Although she started piano lessons at age seven, Kim considers her voice her first musical instrument. Kim started singing behind closed doors at home with her favorite records blasting throughout the house. After being bitten by the Musical Theatre “BUG” in her 9th Grade production of Barnum as the Blues Singer, she soon realized that the stage is where she needed to be. To finish off her high school theatre training, she went on to play Fastrada in Pippin and Rosie DeLeon in Bye Bye Birdie and began formal singing lessons at age 16.
Kim attended William Paterson University where she studied voice with Nan Guptill Crain and earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree. After college she went on to work with various teachers and coaches in both the Classical and Musical Theatre styles. Kim felt it was important to keep her foot in both genres of music and went on to play some of her favorite roles: Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar, The Witch and The Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods, Violet Hilton in Side Show and MARTHA in The Secret Garden. In 2005, Kim spent the summer at the New London Barn Playhouse in New London, NH where she played the roles of the Narrator in Joseph… Dreamcoat, Patricia Fodor in the Gershwin musical Crazy for You and Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast. Her favorite performance of the summer was for writer and composer Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pocahontas, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Children of Eden). As an alumnus of the playhouse himself, the show was a tribute to his life and accomplishments which included singing the hit song ‘Defying Gravity’ from his hottest Broadway musical show Wicked.
Kim strives to be an actor as well as a singer incorporating the art of Song Interpretation into her work. Developing character and believability is very important. She has studied with various private acting coaches and at TVI Actor’s Studio in NYC. Performing in different venues, Kim has also done some Cabaret work in NJ and showcases in NYC. Her future plans include checking off her “bucket list” of favorite and challenging roles, and further Cabaret study which will build into a show she will someday perform in NYC.
About our Guest Conductor:
Martha Reed Boughner has been involved with music since her first clarinet lesson in 4th grade. After teaching for 30 years with the Music For America and Future Musicians, Inc. programs in the parochial schools of NJ, she now owns her own business, Genesis Music Program, teaching in six local Catholic schools. She appeared as clarinet soloist with the Lansdowne Symphony and Lukens Steel Band in Pennsylvania, and the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra in NJ. Her performing groups have included the above organizations, as well as the Plainfield Symphony, Summit Symphony, the Garden State Concert Band, Hanover Wind Symphony, NJ Workshop in the Arts Concert Band, and the Bloomfield Civic Band. She plays currently with the Silver Starlite Orchestra, a 40’s –style big band, and subs with several of the above-mentioned groups.
Ms. Boughner holds a bachelor’s degree from Douglass College, and master’s degrees in music, education and theology from Syracuse University, Rutgers University and Drew University. Any spare time is spent playing golf, reading, or sleeping!