Martha Dudich has gratefully been making music for almost all of her life. From piano study begun in early childhood, through every choir in the Metuchen NJ school system, collegiate concentrations in voice, organ and choral conducting, professional adventures in classrooms, churches, retirement communities, summer camps and theater groups, to the six seasons she has gleefully collaborated with Raritan Valley Choral society. Martha recognizes the deep truth in the 19th century gospel songwriter Robert Lowry's text often included in RVCS programs: No storm can shake my inmost calm, while to that rock I'm clinging. Since love is lord of heaven and earth, how can I keep from singing?
James R. Sparks, pianist, is celebrating his second season with RVCS. Hailing from Kentucky, James studied piano performance at Morehead State University. James relocated to New Jersey to pursue his Master of Music degree at Westminster Choir College studying Piano Accompanying and Vocal Coaching. The passion James has for singers and this collaborative art form is evident in his devout dedication to the vocal arts.