Joe Elefante has traveled 4 continents as a pianist, saxophonist, vocalist, composer, arranger, and bandleader. He has musically directed, conducted or played countless musical theater productions, including several at the Paper Mill Playhouse and Jersey Boys on Broadway and National Tour.
Joe founded the Joe Elefante Big Band in 2001, which was the house band at Cecil's Jazz Club for three years, and was featured on ABC's Nightline and in the Wall Street Journal. He was named a Jazz Ambassador by the Kennedy Center, and has toured Eastern Europe and the Middle East as a jazz pianist for the U.S. State Department. He has also been selected to the prestigious BMI Jazz Composers Workshop in NYC and the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program at the Kennedy Center.
Joe has composed and/or arranged over 80 compositions for jazz ensemble, over 30 compositions for chorus, "Intermezzo" for orchestra, five pieces for wind ensemble, a piano sonata, "Io Mio Rivolgo Indientro," for voice and piano (based on a text by Petrarch), "Consenso a i Tre," for clarinet, cello, and piano, "Ozone" for clarinet, tenor saxophone, violin, cello, piano, and percussion, "Bone Poem" for trombone choir, “Quintet for a Sunday Afternoon” for wind quintet, and "Twentieth-Century Funk" for saxophone quartet. He has also completed five works based on the poems of Edgar Allan Poe: "The Bells,” "Serenade," and “Song” for choir and piano, "Alone" for choir and string orchestra, and "Evening Star" for choir, wind quintet, piano, bass and percussion. His choral composition, “City of Ships,” won the Manhattan Choral Ensemble’s 2018 New Music for New York Commission Competition.
Currently, Joe is a freelance composer, arranger, and performer, and teaches music for the Berkeley Heights Public Schools in New Jersey.
Michelle “Misha” Williams
Michelle attended Westminster Choir College, where she sang with the Westminster Symphonic Choir, the Grammy nominated Williamson Voices, and the prestigious Westminster Choir.
After obtaining her bachelors degree in music education, Misha followed her passion of working with children as an elementary music teacher in Woodbridge, New Jersey. Under her directorship, the Lynn Crest Chorus has performed at numerous township events and has sung the national anthem for the Mets twice.
In her spare time, Michelle uses her extensive training as a soprano vocalist to participate in various choral opportunities as well as musical theater productions. Misha also enjoys teaching Music Together classes in the Middlesex area spreading her joy for music to new parents and young children.