Joni Gage- Piano, Voice, Rockin' Robins Director, Broadway Bound Director
Joni Gage joined CMS faculty in 2002 as a voice and piano instructor, as well as a choral and theater director. Joni holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Florida Atlantic University. She is a member of Music Educator’s National Conference and ACDA. Joni is a soprano in the Con Brio Choral Society and also serves as an adjudicator for Shoreline Arts Alliance Vocal Scholarship Competition. Joni is the Musical Director for several theatre companies including Oddfellows Playhouse, Old Saybrook Summer Stock, Middlesex Academy of the Performing Arts, and Missoula Children’s Theatre through The Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center. She is the Musical Director for the CMS youth choir Rockin’ Robins and also directs CMS Broadway Bound East Theater program, staging numerous musicals for young actors. Joni grew up in Hadlyme, CT. Read more about Joni Gage.
Joni teaches Monday – Thursday.
Karli Gilbertson- Artist-in-Residence, Voice
Karli is a graduate in vocal performance of the New England Conservatory of Music and the University of Minnesota. Her esteemed vocal teachers have included Doris Yarick-Cross, Susan Fischer-Clickner, and Donna Pegors. As a Resident Artist with the Connecticut Opera Company, Karli performed many leading roles on the Bushnell stage, including Adina in The Elixir of Love, Roselinda in Die Fledermaus, and the Widow in the national touring production of The Merry Widow. She has also sung with Boston Lyric Opera, New Britain Opera Co. and as a soloist with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra New England and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. Ms. Gilbertson was also featured at the Williamsburg Busch Gardens as a singer/dancer in the Italian Show. In addition to singing, Karli has composed and produced children’s operas as teaching tools as well as lending her piano/organ accompanist skills to local schools, churches and theater groups.
Karli teaches on Tuesdays.
Greta Moorhead- Voice, Piano
Acclaimed for her rich voice and compelling stage presence, contralto Greta Moorhead continues to captivate audiences with her dynamic versatility. Raised in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, Ms. Moorhead began studying the piano and the violin at an early age, before taking formal voice lessons in high school. Greta obtained her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the Hartt School of the University of Hartford. Her teachers have included Diana Borgia-Petro, Marjorie Melnick, and Valerie Sorel. An active recitalist around New England, Greta enjoys chamber music collaborations on a variety of repertoire, ranging from that of the Baroque period to contemporary music. A dedicated instructor, Greta teaches a number of styles of singing including classical, jazz, pop, and folk, among others.
Greta teaches on Wednesday.
Shari Wilcox- Piano, Voice, Studio 24 Director
Shari graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Music Performance Degree. As a mezzo-soprano, Shari has appeared in opera, musical theater, and as a guest soloist with regional orchestras. She has performed in a variety of roles including The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Sharon McLonergan in Finian’s Rainbow, Lady Thiang in The King and I, Ensign Nellie Forbush in South Pacific, Mme. Ernestine von Liebedich in Little Mary Sunshine, Pitty-Sing in The Mikado and the Queen of the Fairies in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe for which she received a Eugene O’Neill Award. Ms. Wilcox has performed in many opera scenes programs including Carmen in Carmen, Madame Flora in The Medium, Miss Todd in The Old Maid and the Thief, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly and Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro. She is the Music Director at the UCC First Congregation Church in Essex where she also serves as section leader, Musical Theater Director and Senior Choir Director Assistant.
Shari teaches Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.