Friends of Music

Ringwood Friends of Music Announces our 40th Anniversary Season  

Classical Music Concerts


Registration is open for our next free concert:   

Saturday, March 9, 2024 - 3pm ET

An Afternoon of Songs, Arias and Duets with Shavon Lloyd, baritone and Jazmine Saunders, soprano accompanied by Brian Wong, piano

♪ Program includes works by Mozart, Gounod, Korngold, Rossini, Flaherty, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and Verdi.

This concert will be performed at the Community Presbyterian Church, 145 Carletondale Road, Ringwood, NJ 07456.  ❄️Snow date: Saturday, May 18, 2024, 3pm ET. ❄️


Please register in advance by sending an email to ringwoodfriendsofmusic@gmail.com so that we have an idea of how many to prepare for.  Thank you.  

At the second concert of our 40th Anniversary Season we will celebrate the singing voice! Only the voice can give words to music that expresses timeless themes of love, suffering, passion and desire. This concert will feature two dynamic and passionate rising stars, the captivating Jazmine Saunders, soprano and winner of the Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition Encouragement Award, and the enthralling Shavon Lloyd, baritone, whose “rich, round sound” (voce di meche) will sweep you away. 

Along with Brian Wong, pianist, this talented trio will perform a program that includes operatic arias and duets, Broadway songs and spirituals, and will leave you breathless!Thank you for being a participant in this life enhancing experience.

About the Artists

Jazmine Saunders is an alumna of the Eastman School of Music, where she graduated with Highest Distinction, and is currently studying at The Juilliard School. Saunders won an Encouragement Award in the 2022 Opera Index Competition, and is a Top Prize winner of the 2023 Inaugural Duncan Williams Voice Competition in the Developing Division. Recently, Saunders won the Second Place Prize in the 2023 Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition Opera Division. She made her Carnegie Hall debut singing in the winners concert. Saunders is a New York District Winner of the 2023-24 Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition and an Encouragement Award recipient of the Eastern Region. 

Shavon Lloyd is an award-winning composer, baritone, conductor, and music educator. He is a featured soloist throughout New York and a two-time winner of the CFLNY-NATS Singing Competition. Lloyd has been commissioned for works at the K-12 levels, collegiate choral programs, and established professional concert choirs, including groups such as Cappella Festiva and The ABC Bel Canto Choir. He is an active participant in the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) and is currently pursuing his Master of Music in Vocal Performance degree at The Juilliard School in New York City where he has performed in multiple productions.

Brian Wong is a graduate of The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Eastman School of Music. He was awarded the title 'Hong Kong Scholar” by the HKSAR Government in 2017. Prior performances include Alice Tully Hall, The Juilliard School and Carnegie Hall. Wong is currently employed at The Juilliard School as a staff pianist and is pursuing his Graduate Diploma in Collaborative Piano at the Juilliard School.