Meet the Music Faculty


MR. ED WEBBER ‘99; DIRECTOR OF BANDS, Department chairperson

Mr. Webber is currently in his 17th year at Immaculata and 14th year as Band Director at Immaculata High School. He is currently the Department Supervisor and Chairperson. He is the primary Conductor of the Honors Wind Ensemble, Spartan Marching Band, and is one of the School Brass Specialists. His teaching responsibilities include co-conducting the 9th Symphony, assistant conducting Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble and teaching low brass lessons grades 4–12. He also teaches Music Theory and is coordinator of brass instrumental chamber music, such as the Immaculata Brass Ensemble

Mr. Webber earned his Bachelor of Music from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Mason Gross School of the Arts. While at Rutgers, he studied Euphonium with the late William Kellerman. He was an active member of the Rutgers performing ensembles working under the baton of Dr. William Berz. He was also a section leader and member of the Rutgers University Marching Band and Pep Band.

Starting his full time teaching career in 2003, he has worked to continue and improve on the “Tradition of Excellence” that has always been associated with the Immaculata name. Under his time as band director, his ensembles have seen much success including State and National Championships with the marching band, Superior and Excellent ratings with the concert program. He spearheaded the realignment of the band program at Immaculata and Immaculate Conception School. Mr. Webber has had the distinction of being included in the National Society of High School Scholars. He has received awards for distinguished service and was included in Halftime Magazine’s list of 50 Directors Who Make a Difference. As a private teacher, many of his students have been accepted to the Region and All- State performing groups.

Sr. Dolores Margaret, IHM; Music Faculty

Sr. Dolores is currently in her 34th year at Immaculata. She is the primary conductor for the Music Ministry and Spring Musical. She teaches music theory, history and teaches private lessons. 

Sr. Dolores earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Immaculata College. Sr. Dolores earned elementary certification from Temple University and a Master of Music Degree from West Chester University.

Sr. Dolores has touched the lives of countless students during her career and under her tutelage at Immaculata the music program has seen unprecedented growth.She is an active member of the Music Educators’ National Conference, Central Jersey Music Education Association, and National Catholic Educators Association.

Ms. Sonia Sparkes ’06; Associate Director of Bands

Ms. Sparkes is currently in her 2nd year teaching at Immaculata. She graduated from Immaculata and spent the the previous 8 years involved with the Spartan Marching Band. She continues her involvement with the marching band as well as co-conducting the 9th grade Symphony, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble as well as the Brass Ensemble. In addition, she will be teaching brass lessons both at IHS and ICS.

Ms. Sparkes earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Immaculata University. While at Immacuata University, she studied French Horn under Mr. David Wetherill. She earned her Certificate in Educational Technology from Rutgers and is currently working on her Masters in Music Education from Rutgers University.

For the past 4 years, Ms. Sparkes worked at School of Saint Elizabeth in Bernardsville where she taught general music, musical theater, and private lessons to elementary and middle school students.

Mr. Michael Gasko ‘06; Director of Vocal music

Mr. Gasko is currently in his 7th year as director of the Immaculata Spartan Choir, Honors Chorus, and Chamber Choir. He coaches the vocals for the Spring Musical as well as coordinates small vocal ensembles such as the IHS Barbershop Quartet. 

Mr. Gasko earned his Bachelor of Music from The College of New Jersey. While at TCNJ, he studied voice with Dr. Nora Sirbaugh. He was an active member of the Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Michael Mendoza and Mr. John McDonnell, and a member of both Lyric Theater and Collegium Musicum under the direction of Mr. Robert Guarino.

As a student at Immaculata, Mr. Gasko was involved in all aspects of the Music Department, including marching band, wind ensemble, chorus, pit and cast for the spring musical, and folk group.  Mr. Gasko now studies voice with Nadine Robinson, and maintains his own private vocal instruction studio. He also sings with the Immaculate Conception Church choir.

Ms. Elizabeth canavan '12; Woodwind Adjunct

Ms. Canavan is the Band Director at Immaculate Conception School and woodwind teacher at the schools. She is in her 2nd year of working with the Immaculata Marching Band. 

Ms. Canavan earned her Bachelors in Music Education with a concentration in saxophone from Rutgers, Mason Gross School of the Arts. While at Rutgers she studied under Paul Cohen. She frequently performed with her saxophone quartet and various pit orchestras.

As an Immaculata student, Ms. Canavan participated in the Wind Ensemble, Folk Group, Jazz Band, Pit Orchestra, Marching Band, and Saxophone Quartet. She teaches private saxophone, clarinet, and flute lessons.

Mr. Paul nalesnick ‘10; Percussion Adjunct

Paul Nalesnick is a freelane percussionist and educator based out of Central New Jersey. As an educator, he is currently the Caption Head and Arranger for the Rutgers University Drumline. Since the beginning of his involvement, the Rutgers Drumline quickly became one of the premier College Drumlines in the Big Ten. They have appearend on numerous nationally televised events, including 2013 Victoria's Secret fashion show and Jimmy Fallon. Mr. Nalesnick also teaches the Immaculata High School Marching Band, ans is a percussion consultant for the Arlington High School Marching Band. He is also currently the Battery Coordinator and Arranger for United Percussion.

His marching career began at United Percussion, and then later going on to march the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps. He then taught the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps as Battery Coordinator in 2014. As a performer, he has held Principal positions in all ensembles at Rutgers, and plays with numerous orchestras around the New Jersey/New York area. He was a featured performer at PASIC in 2012 with the Santa Clara Vanguard. In 2013, he received second place at the Atlanta Modern Snare Drum Competition, and went on to publish a snare drum solo book through Bachovich publications, entitled “The Rutgers Solos”. 

 

 


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