Deborah Int Veldt has a B.S. in Music Education from the University of Maryland in addition to many years of private training in vocal performance, working with such luminariesas Ruth Drucker and Molly Donnelly. She taught secondary vocal music in the Montgomery County, MD school district for 20 years and has taught voice and piano privately in her home for the past 15 years. In 1994, Ms. Int Veldt joined the Frederick Chorale (where she met her husband Nick) with whom she is a frequent soloist and the soprano section leader. She is the Music Director at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick and leads a 30-voice adult choir there. She has high hopes of starting a children’s chorus at the church in the near future. Ms. Int Veldt directed the Buckingham’s Choice Singers from 2002-2009 and recently gave a presentation on the aging voice to the Frederick chapter of the American Guild of Organists. When she is not making music, Deb can be found in the garden. She grows much of the food she and Nick consume as well as beautiful flowers and herbs. She also enjoys sewing, quilting and other creative crafts. In her younger days she danced on a professional clogging team for ten years, and still enjoys square- and contra-dancing. She and Nick live in Hagerstown with their small flock of laying hens.
A JUNO-nominated tenor and two-time recipient of the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Scholarship from Yale University's School of Music, Justin Jalea is an sought-after conductor, tenor, and clinician.
Justin has founded and been artistic director and principal conductor of several vocal ensembles. Justin founded the Toronto-based male a cappella group The Graduates, co-founded Early Music Ensemble Sospiri in Edmonton, and from 2005-2007 was the Director of Music for St. Michael's College at the University of Toronto. He is the Founding Artistic Director of Il Sono Men's Ensemble and Double Treble Women's Ensemble, both choral arts organizations based in Calgary, Canada, aimed at using music to help remedy social issues. With these ensembles, Justin spearheaded collaborations with organizations such as the UNICEF, CARE, and the Canadian Cancer Society. Justin continues this work as the Artistic Director of the newly founded New York-based chamber ensemble Inspire whose inaugural season supports the work of Sandy Hook Promise, 350NYC, and Sing for Hope.
As a clinician, Justin has been invited to work with ensembles across North America including Nova Voce Men’s Ensemble, the Calgary Renaissance Singers, and the Seminary Choir of Union Theological Seminary. And as a singer he has been a member of professional choirs such as the Bach Festival Singers, Ensemble Adelphi, Pro Coro Canada, and the Canadian Chamber Choir, and the Chamber Choir of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church.
Justin holds a master’s degree in human rights studies from the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University. His scholarly work is found at the intersection of music and human rights and endeavours to integrate the work of arts organizations with those of social justice ones and vice versa – enforcing the idea that music and the arts are powerful forces for social change. He is currently collaborating with organizations such as Musicians for Human Rights, the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, the American Classical Orchestra, and UNICEF USA.