The Second Reformed Church of Hackensack
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Our Staff

 

June Marano-Murray

Choir director/organist June Marano-Murray holds a Bachelor Degree of Music in piano and a Master Degree of Music in accompanying from Manhattan School of Music in NYC.  Upon graduation, she was awarded the prestigious Harold Bauer Award.  She has studied organ with well known organist Allen Sever and is a long standing member of the American Guild of Organists, Northern Valley Chapter. She was a scholarship student at the Graz Music Festival in Graz, Austria.  June has worked as conductor/ assistant conductor at Wolf Trap Co., NY Opera Repertory Theater, Lake George Opera, Amato Opera, Opera Ensemble of NY, Central City Opera, Chauttauqua Opera, and Asolo Opera, now renamed Sarasota Opera, in Sarasota, Florida.  She has performed and taught at the Tainan Summer Camp in Tainan, Taiwan.  Along with Second Reformed Church, June also plays organ at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Tenafly, NJ.   She has been on the opera coaching staff of Manhattan School of Music for 27 years.  She privately coaches and teaches, along with freelancing in accompanying/organ capacities.


Erica Page

Soprano Erica Page has performed in various settings ranging from musical theatre to dance to television, though her focus is on opera and classical vocal repertoire.  Ms. Page holds bachelor's and master's of music vocal performance degrees from the University of Florida and East Carolina University, and is currently a student of Dr. Julian Kwok.  She has given numerous recitals and concert performances in North Carolina, Florida, and the New York tri-state area, as well as internationally in France, Germany, Spain and Portugal.  Notable roles include: Musetta in La Boheme, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica, Despina in Così fan tutte, Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, and Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring.


Leslie Gillen-Malanga

Alto Section Leader Leslie Gillen-Malanga has studied voice with Sebastian Vittuchi at the Hochschule fur Musik in Vienna and with Jeanne Goffi at Columbia University, New York. Before joining the Second Reformed Church of Hackensack Choir in 2004, Leslie sang alto with the Anglican Christ Church Choir, Vienna, Austria (1989-1993), St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church Choir, New York City, (1993-1995), was alto section leader/soloist with St. Brendan’s Church Choir, Clifton (1996-1997), Preakness Reformed Church, Wayne (1998-2000) and soprano section leader/soloist for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Englewood (2002). Leslie is Chief of English Interpretation at the United Nations in New York.

 

Michael Malanga

Michael Malanga is a graduate of William Patterson University and presently teaching vocal and instrumental music for the Township of Union School District in Union, NJ. Michael worked as a drummer and singer in jazz and rock bands throughout the metropolitan area. Versatility is the hallmark of his diverse musical background. A resident of Englewood, Michael has been the tenor section leader for the Second Reformed Church for the past eleven years. 

 

Gary Hickey 

 

Gary has been the baritone soloist and section leader at Second Reformed since 2003.

He has sung the role of the 1st Hermit in Warren Martin’s The True Story of Cinderella. His singing experience spans all the way back to fourth grade when he was a male soprano.  He and his wife Shirine live in Oradell with their three daughters. They are long time members of The Second Reformed Church. Gary is also a manager of Information Technology for Vertican Technologies.