Board and Staff

Board and Staff

Board of Directors and Staff:

Margaret Felice, Executive Director

Jonathan Saxton, President

Stephanie Mann, Clerk

Angela Jajko

Vincent James

Peter Pulsifer

Keith Eric Brinkley

Erin Merceruio Nelson

Joe Stroup, News Editor

Lynn Shane, Founder

Margaret Felice, Executive Director

Margaret Felice is a singer, conductor, educator and writer living in Boston. She has been a member of Boston Singers’ Resource since BSR’s founding and has been Administrative/Executive Director since 2015. From 2007-2009 Margaret was President of Boston Opera Collaborative, Boston’s operatic repertory company. She later served as the Public Relations coordinator for that group, spearheading BOC’s email marketing, local media relations and social media presence. She currently directs the Liturgical Musicians at Boston College High School, is an assistant director of the Liturgy Arts Group of Boston College, and is on the religious education faculty at Boston College High School. 

As a performer, Margaret’s repertoire ranges from classical opera to modern musical theater, from early music to the Great American Songbook. She has sung principle roles in Suor Angelica, The Marriage of Figaro, The Magic Flute, The Crucible, Carmen, and Don Giovanni, as well as in theatrical productions of Titanic, Company, Fiorello!, Annie, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  She has a particular love of sacred music and has been soprano soloist in B Minor Mass, The Messiah, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Faure’s Requiem, and other choral masterworks. Margaret has sung with Tanglewood Festival Chorus since 2005. 

The author of a popular spirituality blog, Margaret and her writing on music and spirituality have been featured on PrayTell and Loyola Press’s dotMagis blog. She also has been published in Classical Singer Magazine and Classical Music Indy. Margaret is writing the 2019 edition of Loyola Press’s A Book of Grace-Filled Days devotional series, which will be released in fall 2018. 

Margaret is a regular speaker on liturgical music and spirituality, participating as a keynote presenter at Notre Dame Vision’s inaugural Summer Conference for Liturgical Music Ministers and at an Ignatian Identity Conference at Leopard’s Hill School in Lusaka, Zambia. Margaret holds degrees from Boston College and The Boston Conservatory and also studied at Emerald City Opera Institute and the Songfest Professional Program. Originally from South Windsor, CT, she now lives in Dorchester with her husband, Robert Goulston. Her résumé, calendar and blog can be found at www.margaretfelice.com.

Jonathan Saxton, President 

Jon Saxton is a bass-baritone in his 12th year singing with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and has appeared in regional productions with the Vokes Theater, Westford Chorus, Concord Players, New World Chorale, and Opera51. 

In addition to his work with Boston Singers’ Resource, he serves as chair of the Wayland Cultural Council, Vice Chair of the board of Choral Arts New England, a perennial member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus Committee, and on the Leadership Council of MassCreative Jon has spent more than 30 years working in politics and public policy. He has written over 400 speeches and has authored or co-authored 22 articles, reports, and book chapters, primarily on health policy. He served ten years as the chair of his town democratic committee, was campaign manager for Massachusetts State Representative Tom Conroy’s run for the United States Senate in 2011, and served as Chief of Staff in the office of Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne Bump. 

Jon is a graduate of Haverford College and earned his law degree with honor from the University of Maryland School of Law.

Stephanie Mann, Clerk

Soprano Stephanie Mann, is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory with a Masters of Music in Voice and Opera Performance. She has sung numerous leading roles around and outside the Boston area including performances with Mass Theatrica, Longwood Opera, Raylynmor Opera, Asheville Lyric Opera Company, Worcester Opera Works, Riverside Theater Works, Boston Opera Project, Boston Opera Collaborative, and The Company Theatre. Stephanie was one of the founders and directors of the Boston Opera Project, producing Marc Blitzstein's Regina and the New England premiere of Mark Adamo's Little Women in conjunction with Orchard House in Concord, MA.. She was on the Board of the New England Gilbert and Sullivan Society for six years, where she served as the Program Chair and Reviews Editor. She has previously served as the Director of Concerts and Events and the Historian and Alumni Coordinator with Boston Opera Collaborative. www.StephanieMannSoprano.com

Angela Jajko

Angela Jajko, mezzo-soprano, is a popular performer of opera, operetta, musical theatre, and oratorio who has been praised in such publications as the The Boston Globe and The Boston Herald for her “peaches and cream” voice and dramatic delivery. 

Her recent performances have included acclaimed appearances with Opera Providence in The Romany Maid, as a featured soloist with Cape Symphony in Passport to England in the Barnstable Performing Arts Center, as Buttercup in H.M.S. Pinafore with Longwood Opera and The New England Gilbert & Sullivan Society, as the alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah with Maplewind Arts, as the alto soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with Boston Cecilia at All Saints Brookline, and in the role of Prinz Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus with the North End Music and Performing Arts Center Opera Project in Faneuil Hall. She has also appeared as Miss Hannigan in Annie with Crescendo Theatre Company, The Lady of the Lake in Spamalot at Theatre at the Mount, selections from Carmen in The Greater Worcester Opera Gala in Mechanics Hall, Tessa in The Gondoliers with The Sudbury Savoyards, Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus with New England Light Opera, Carmen with Greater Worcester Opera, Theodorine in Offenbach’s Island of Tulipatan with New England Light Opera, the roles of Ruth, Buttercup, Phoebe, Katisha, and The Fairy Queen in concert with the New England Gilbert & Sullivan Society, and as a featured soloist in concerts with Opera on Tap, Masstheatrica, FIRSTMusic, Ocean Park Festival Chorus, Parish Center for the Arts and New Hampshire Opera Theatre. Her performances have also included the roles of Carmen, Theodorine, Augusta, Marcellina, Hermia, Savitri, Pirate Jenny, and La Zia Principessa. She has also performed with Odyssey Opera, PORTopera, Granite State Opera, Longwood Opera, BASOTI, Harvard University, and the International Lyric Academy in Viterbo, Italy. 

Angela has been honored by the American Prize competition and holds degrees in Vocal Performance from The New England Conservatory of Music and the University of California at Los Angeles. She also has extensive experience behind the scenes in music and theatre. She is the Editor of the Boston Singers' Resource Career Tips Blog, maintains a private audition coaching studio, and also holds positions in several organizations: she is the Associate Executive Director and Board Member of NELO, a production coordinator for Opera on Tap Boston, President of the New England Gilbert & Sullivan Society, and recently served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of L'Académie, a critically acclaimed orchestra specializing in performances of French Baroque music in health institutions. Additionally, she has served as Costumer for a number of companies including Guerilla Opera, Company One, NELO, BASOTI and Longwood Opera. She has also served as a Director for NELO’s Rising Stars program and in other productions as an Assistant Director, Stage Manager, and Props Master. 

Angela has extensive experience in administration, office management, and event management in both the arts and a variety of other industries. Visit her at http://angelajajko.com/.

Vincent James

Vincent James, baritone/2nd tenor, has been singing in choirs since his freshman year at MIT when he sang with the MIT Glee Club and Choral Society under John Oliver. He currently sings with Masterworks Chorale and is on the Board for the New World Chorale. He has also sung with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Spectrum Singers, Harvard Radcliffe Chorus, Concord Chorus and the Wellesley Choral Society. He also sang with the Cincinnati May Festival Chorus and the Collegiate Chorale in New York City (recently renamed Master Voices). Vincent has also served on the board for Choral Arts New England.
Vincent is the Director of Admissions at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Prior to that, he was the Associate Director of Admissions at MIT where he graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Vincent also received his MBA at Rutgers University in Newark NJ.

Peter Pulsifier

Peter Pulsifer began singing in his church choir as a boy soprano and first became serious about choral music when as a graduate student in physics in the 1980s he joined the Tanglewood Festival Chorus under John Oliver. After graduation he lived in Washington, D.C., for 16 years, where he sang with the Washington Chorus under Robert Shafer. Currently he sings regularly with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and Chorus pro Musica, and when possible with the New World Chorale, Odyssey Opera, and others. He has studied voice for many years with Robert Honeysucker. Peter is active in promoting culture and the arts, including service since 2003 on the board of Choral Arts New England, which gives grants, publishes an online directory,  calendar, and newsletter, and works in other ways to support choral singing in the six New England states. He also serves on the board of the Winchester Community Music School and on the Winchester Cultural Council. Originally from Rochester, N.Y., Peter earned a B.A. from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. from Boston College, both in Physics. Currently he does scientific and technical consulting in the Boston area. Previously, he has been a theoretical plasma physicist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, has served as a scientific program manager, and has been a staff editor at the magazine Physics Today.

Keith Eric Brinkley 

Tenor, Keith Eric Brinkley, is a multi-faceted performer with style credits in opera, classical, musical theater, gospel and religious music. He began his formative musical years in church, singing male soprano with the world-renowned Indianapolis Children’s Choir. 

Keith recently debuted in the role of the Grand Sacredote with Boston Opera Collaborative’s production of Idomeneo. He also made his television commercial feature debut as part of a 2017 Christmas Promotion for ESPN, the NBA and 20th Century Fox’s: The Greatest Showman. In 2016, Keith premiered the role of Marshall in Andy Gaus’ musical “Don’t Know Nobody That Boogies Anymore”, at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown, MA. His additional roles include: Lyric Tenor (Postcard from Morocco), and Leon (Signor Deluso). Keith has been a tenor section leader at Old South Church and a soloist for the Paul Madore Choral and Boston Choral Ensemble. 

Keith holds a Master of Music degree from Boston University, and a Graduate Performance Diploma from Longy School of Music at Bard College. Off stage, Keith is a native of Indianapolis, IN and calls Boston home. He spent several years in the non-profit healthcare management field at Massachusetts General Hospital and Steward Medical Group. A social change advocate and learning evolutionist, Keith is currently pursuing a grant writing certification to create funding initiatives for social change through the arts.

Erin Merceruio Nelson 

Hailed as “secure and sonorous” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), soprano Erin Merceruio Nelson performs actively throughout New England and beyond. Her recent performances include Gretel in Longwood Opera’s production of Hansel and Gretel and Frasquita in Oprea Breve’s (NY) production of Carmen. Erin participated in Odyssey Opera of Boston’s "Trial by Fire" season, performing in Norman Dello Joio’s The Trial at Rouen (December 2017), and the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra’s production of Bizet’s Carmen (January 2018). 

Erin is the Director of Development and Operations for Shelter Music Boston, a local nonprofit that employs classical musicians to present chamber music concerts in area homeless shelters and recovery centers. She previously served as the Senior Program Administrator for the Free for All Concert Fund, and as Development Assistant at Hebrew SeniorLife. A native of Martinsburg, West Virginia, Erin holds an M.M. in Vocal Performance from The Boston Conservatory and a B.M. in Vocal Performance from Shenandoah University in Virginia. 

Visit Erin at http://www.erinmerceruionelson.com/.

Joseph Stroup, News Editor

Joe Stroup has been a free-lance collaborative pianist and music director, working on the Boston North Shore area for over 15 years, as well as the organist at the First Church in Wenham, MA, since 1986. Prior to this full-time focus on in music, he was a software engineer in Boston and Portsmouth, NH, holding various positions in the Financial, Insurance and Engineering industries from 1984 through 2002. Joe is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

Lynn Shane, Founder

Lynn Shane is the founder and former Executive Director of Boston Singers' Resource. Under her direction, BSR became one of the leading resources for serious singers and students of singing in the New England region. Working with a team of dedicated volunteers and board members since 2001, Ms. Shane created and maintained the BSR website, organized 17 regional auditions for BSR singers and directors and written nearly 40 web article/interviews. Ms. Shane is an active member of the American Choral Director's Association, the Arts Services Coalition, the Music Educators National Association, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Opera America, and Stagesource. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY, and a Master of Music degree from the University of Colorado. Also an active music teacher and chorus conductor, Lynn Shane has worked with all ages of students from Kindergarden through adult. She currently is on the faculty at Salem State University in Salem, MA where she teaches private voice lessons as well as Women's Chorale, History of Music, and Voice. As an active singer, Ms. Shane has appeared with several regional symphonic, music theater and opera companies as soloist. She is also a 15 year veteran of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus with whom she has recorded several CD's, toured the Far East and Europe.