Nick serves as band director at Immaculata High School in Somerville, New Jersey. He shares the podium of three co-curricular Concert Bands and the 12-time USBands champion Immaculata Spartan Marching Band. Nick also teaches the Jazz Band, instrumental lessons, and electives in Music Theory, Performance, and Technology.
Don has been singing, directing, and arranging for a cappella choruses since, well... a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Don and his wife Chris (SHH member and leader) co-directed their a cappella group in graduate school at Cornell University. He joined Jersey Harmony Express, the predecessor of SHH, in 2011 and grew as a contributor with his vocal percussion and arranging skills. As president, Don has led the development of a Music Advisory Board to help set the musical vision as the organization went through a complete transformation to a mixed chorus as “Somerset Hills Harmony”.
Tapping into his contemporary a cappella pedigree, Don stepped up as the interim music director of SHH’s own contemporary a cappella ensemble, The Gold Dynamic.
In 2017, Don and Chris became co-directors of the Bridgewater-Raritan High School A Cappella Alliance, an after-school workshop and performing ensemble for students looking to expand their musical horizons beyond traditional choral music to the world of contemporary a cappella. He has spearheaded SHH’s longtime partnership with the Bridgewater-Raritan scholastic arts community, including the establishment of the annual "Pluckemin A Cappella Festival" held each June.
Don has published more than twenty contemporary a cappella arrangements, is a published book author and part-time stand-up comedian. Don and Chris have four daughters, two of whom are also part of the Somerset Hills Harmony family. Professionally, Don is an executive with a global marine and e-commerce company.
Debra Lynn - Music Advisor, Clinician
Dr. John Wilson - Faculty in Residence
John Wilson has served as the choral director at Bridgewater-Raritan High School for fifteen years. His choirs perform frequently, and were most recently featured at the 2020 ACDA Eastern Division Conference in Rochester, NY. Dr. Wilson’s ensembles have performed at major venues in the New York/New Jersey area under the direction of Ryan Brandau, James Jordan, Amanda Quist, Alan Raines, Lee Nelson, and Andrew Megill, a notable example being a performance of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 in March of 2018 at Princeton University Chapel. John conducted the Virginia All-State Middle School Treble chorus in 2018 and the CJMEA Region Treble Chorus in 2019. Dr. Wilson has taught undergraduate courses in conducting and music education at Rutgers University, where he earned his masters and doctorate degrees in choral conducting. During 2020-2021, Dr. Wilson had the privilege of leading the Rutgers University Choir. John served as an Associate Director at the Princeton Girlchoir organization between 2015-2018, where he conducted the Cantores ensemble. This ensemble was featured in a recording of Steven Sametz’s A Child’s Requiem in 2015 which was led by the composer. From 2014-2019, Dr. Wilson served as a faculty member at the Summer High School Vocal Institute faculty at Westminster Choir College, where he conducted the Men’s Ensemble and taught a primer in conducting.
John is inspired by the community that is created through music making and the transformative power of text and music. John has been on the NJACDA board since 2013, where his role was to coordinate the annual NJACDA High School Choral Festival with Dr. Deborah Simpkin King.
Colleen grew up in Sussex County and studied music at The College of New Jersey, earning her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education with a Vocal Concentration. During her time at TCNJ, she was a member of the Trentones, a college a cappella group, singing with many of the group’s founders. Colleen was also a member of the TCNJ Chorale and Concert Choir. She was very active in TCNJ’s Opera Theatre, participating in several musicals and operettas throughout her four years.
After college, Colleen taught Chorus, General Music, directed Select Choir, and served as the Drama Club Music Director at Eisenhower Intermediate School in Bridgewater, NJ and was named the NJ Governor's Teacher of the Year in 2011. After Colleen had children of her own, she moved to Hackettstown Middle School where she currently teaches 5th-8th grade Chorus, 5th grade General Music, and directs two select choirs. Throughout her time at HMS, she has helped prepare several students for honor choir auditions and has had students accepted to ensembles at the county, region, state, and eastern level. She is passionate about providing her students with a positive and enriching experience in Chorus and building the foundation of healthy singing!
Colleen is an active member of many professional music organizations such as the American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, New Jersey Music Education Association, and the Morris Area Choral Director’s Association. For the past three years, Colleen has served as Manager of the Morris Area Middle School Honor Choir.
Colleen has been a member of Somerset Hills Harmony since January, 2020 and has thoroughly enjoyed performing with the group. In her spare time, she loves gardening, exercising, and spending time with her husband and three children.
Manny Lopez - Music Advisor