Board Members

President: Donna Messer

Donna Messer (recorder) is founder and president of the Highland Park Recorder Society (HPRS). She studied piano with Olga von Till, recorder with Bernard Krainis, Howard Vogel, Phil Levin, and Deborah Booth; Dalcroze solfege, eurhythmics and improvisation with Dr. Hilda Schuster of the Dalcroze School of Music in New York, and Early Music at Mannes College of Music. She supplemented these studies by attending music workshops and master classes with Bernard Krainis, Paul Leenhouts, Han Tol, Marion Verbruggen and Bart Spanhove.

She attended the First Biennial American Recorder Society Teaching Seminar in San Marcos, Texas, and earned recorder and music teacher certification from the American Recorder Society. She has performed as soloist with the Woodbridge Academy of Music Chamber Orchestra, with the Highland Park Recorder Society, the Garden State Sinfonia, and the College of New Jersey Choir and Choir Orchestra.

Donna currently performs with the Highland Park Recorder Society, and Musica Dolce, the Baroque ensemble of the Highland Park Recorder Society, presenting performances at the annual Guild for Early Music Festival at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ.

Donna is a member of the American Recorder Society, Early Music America, and the Guild for Early Music.

Vice President:

Open Position

Secretary: Janet Walker

Janet Walker (cello) began the study of piano at age four, and cello, her preferred instrument, at ten. She studied with Julianne Shaw, member of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and with the Fine Arts Quartet. She played with the Racine Symphony (Wisconsin) for several years. Since 1992 she has been a regular player with the HPRS and GSS, and she has played with Musica Dolce since 2002. She is professor and former Graduate Director of the Program in Comparative Literature at Rutgers University.

Treasurer and Director of Marketing and Development: Dan Breau

Dan Breau is a retired advertising and marketing executive whose clients included The New York Times, Dow-Jones, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Citibank, American Airlines, the U.S. Army Reserve, UBS Financial Services, Harvard Business Review, The World Bank, Volvo, Merrill Lynch, The Bank of America, and other leading companies.

Dan’s tastes in music listening range from the Baroque to modern. His favorite composers include Monteverdi, John Dowling, Bach, Vivaldi, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Mahler, Stravinsky, Ferde Grofé, Aaron Copeland, and John Williams among many others.

Since college, he has enjoyed choral singing and co-founded two choral groups – the Westbury Community Chorale (on Long Island) and The Highland Park Community Chorus. He currently sings tenor in his temple choir.

Director of Social Media: Lea Karpman, for many years until 2019

Lea Karpman (violin) began her violin studies in Israel as a child, continuing after moving to the United States. Her teachers have included Elliot Golub at the University of Chicago, Morris Gomberg at Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University, and Samuel Applebaum. Over the years she has supplemented her private studies with numerous workshops, master classes, and coaching sessions. She has participated in chamber music programs at the Mannes College of Music/New School, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and has attended music programs at Music Mountain, Vassar College, and Dartmouth College.

Lea currently performs with the baroque recorder ensemble Musica Dolce, presenting annual performances at GEM’s Early Music Festival at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ. She has also performed with the Metropolitan Orchestra of New Jersey and the Society of Musical Arts.

Lea performs as a soloist and with other musicians for weddings, anniversary and birthday celebrations, as well as charity and corporate events. She teaches violin privately at her studio, Fourelle Music, in Springfield, NJ, and is also affiliated with Musika LLC. She is a member of the American Recorder Society, Early Music America, and American String Teachers Association.

Parliamentarian: David Rogoff

ADA Advisors: Donna Messer, Carol Castellano and Monique Coleman

Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners
Through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund.