Marissa, alto section leader, is an active chorister, soloist and teacher in the greater Philadelphia area. She performs with local ensembles such as the Opera Philadelphia Chorus, Curtis Opera Theatre, the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir and Philadelphia Orchestra, the Philadelphia Singers, the Thirteen Chamber Choir, and the Princeton Festival. She has a B.M. degree from Baldwin-Wallace College and Conservatory of Music and a M.M. degree from Westminster Choir College. Marissa currently lives in Philadelphia with her husband, George (NPC tenor section leader), and chihuahua best friend, Todd.
Elem Eley is Bass Section Leader and Soloist. Elem creatively blends his active performing career with an extensive life as teacher of singing. He is frequently heard in recital and in master class, boasts a discography of ten CDs, and has performed in concert and opera in New York’s most prominent venues, throughout the country, and in Europe. Winner of the 1996 Joy in Singing Award, Elem Eley is Professor of Voice at Westminster Choir College and founder/director of Westminster’s study program, Vienna: Language of Lieder.
Carol Fagundus is our Choral Librarian. When not managing our extensive musical library, singing and ringing in our vocal and handbell choirs, and playing clarinet in the Princeton Presbyterian Quintet, Carol is enjoying her retirement from 39 years as a librarian at Princeton University.
Kelsey Hendler is Soprano Section Leader and Soloist. Kelsey earned her Bachelor’s Degree of Music Education from Penn State University, and her Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University. She is the high school choir director and middle school general music teacher for the School District of Haverford Township, and she is a member of the Essence of Joy Alumni Singers, an organization of Penn State Alumni.
Robert Lamb has been the Handbell Director at Nassau Presbyterian Church since 2016. Robert is an accomplished conductor and currently serves as Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble, conducting performances throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Robert frequently leads handbell workshops and presents his music both on the local and national level. Robert is a published composer, authoring music described as “wonderfully expressive” by Beckenhorst Press, Inc. His music has been heard at Westminster Choir College, Montreat Music and Worship Conferences, as well as numerous Handbell Musicians of America events. Robert studied handbells with Kathleen Ebling Shaw at Westminster Choir College and rang in the Westminster Concert Bell Choir. He is currently employed full-time at Malmark Bellcraftsmen where his responsibilities include handbell final assembly, voicing, and refurbishment. Equally accomplished as both a handbell musician and vocalist, Robert also sings regularly with the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Email Robert Lamb
George Ross Somerville
George Ross Somerville is a Tenor Section Leader and Soloist. George has sung with many opera companies including Sarasota Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Saratoga, Opera Theater of Saint Louis, Opera Philadelphia, and The Metropolitan Opera. As a professional chorister, he has sung in the ensemble with The Cleveland Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The New York Philharmonic, and The Berlin Philharmonic. He is on the full chorus roster of Opera Philadelphia and is a member of the Extra Chorus at The Metropolitan Opera. He currently lives in South Philadelphia with his wife and Nassau Presbyterian Alto section leader, Marissa Chalker.
Steven Updegraff is a Tenor Section Leader and Soloist. Steven is a teacher of vocal music at Old Bridge High School. He received his BM from Westminster Choir College in 1995. He has performed at Spoleto Dei Due Mondi, Spoleto USA, and the Opera Festival of New Jersey. He has been a member of Nassau Presbyterian Church for eight years along with his wife Jessica and their children Cassie, Hannah, and Nathaniel.