Meet the Leadership 

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Gabriel Chajnik was trained under the tutelage of Maestro Hector Zaraspe and is an alumnus of the Juilliard School.

 

Gabriel is a former dancer with American Repertory Ballet. His teaching credits expand from Argentina to Europe and the United States at Brooklyn Music School, Princeton Ballet, the Academy of Dance Arts and Gotta Dance in New Jersey. Gabriel’s work has been featured at Juilliard, the Manhattan School of Music, the Shakespeare Theater in Washington, D.C., Alice Tully Hall, the Clark Theater at Lincoln Center, MMAC, and the Lambs Theater.

 

Gabriel is also the Artistic Director for TranscenDanceGroup, whose TDG Holocaust Awareness performance has reached school students throughout the tri-state area. Gabriel has been honored by the Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon, & Warren Counties.

AXCBT Founding Director/Choreographer 

Gabriel Chajnik

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Elise Feldman, from a lifelong passion for dance, was encouraged by Jess Levy and Andrew DePrisco to launch a dance program at the Axelrod when she joined the Board.  This came to fruition when meeting Gabriel Chajnik in December of 2016.   

Elise began serious dance training with Martha Graham in New York City.  Credits include Director of Rishona the Israeli Dance troupe of Pittsburgh, PA, chorographer of Guys and Dolls and Pal Joey for the Pittsburgh Summer Stock Theatre, and Israeli Dance Coach for the Pittsburgh Ballet. 

Ms. Feldman is the President of Feldman Benefit Services, Inc. – an actuarial firm, as well as Outsource Inc. – a human resources consulting firm.  She is on the boards of the Small Business Council of America, and the Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey.

President, Axelrod Contemporary Balley Theater

Elise Feldman

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Jason C. Tramm’s work in the operatic, symphonic and choral realms has received critical acclaim throughout the United States and abroad.  Maestro Tramm serves as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the MidAtlantic Opera with whom he made his Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium) in 2015 with his critically acclaimed "Prayer for Peace" concert.  He also serves as the Music Director/Principal Conductor of Teatro Lirico d’Europa, a touring professional opera company, with whom he will conduct Madama Butterfly (Puccini), Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini), Rigoletto (Verdi) and Aida (Verdi) in the 2017-18 season in theaters in Florida, Illinois, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Massachusetts.  He will also be returning this season as guest conductor for Opera New Hampshire and Palmetto Opera (South Carolina).  Last season’s tour repertoire included Turandot (Puccini), Madama Butterfly (Puccini), La Traviata (Verdi) and Carmen (Bizet).

     An accomplished educator, Tramm serves on the faculty at Seton Hall University as Director of Choral Activities, where he leads the University Choir, Chamber Choir, Orchestra, and teaches voice and conducting. He is also actively sought as a clinician and regularly presents lectures.  Dr. Tramm was named the 2017 University Faculty Teacher of the Year by Seton Hall University.   He holds degrees in music from the Crane School, the Hartt School, and a DMA in Conducting from Rutgers University, where he was the recipient of their prestigious Presidential Fellowship. In 2003, he joined the ranks of Metropolitan Opera Stars Renee Fleming and Stephanie Blythe in being honored with the Rising Star Award from the SUNY Potsdam Alumni Association.  

      Tramm led the NJ State Opera as principal conductor and Artistic Director from 2008 to 2012, where he collaborated with some of the finest voices in opera, including Samuel Ramey, Vladimir Galouzine, Angela Brown, Gregg Baker, and Paul Plishka. His 2009 HDTV broadcast with PBS affiliate NJN of "Verdi Requiem:Live from Ocean Grove," garnered a regional Emmy Award nomination.

     A frequent guest conductor, he has led operatic and symphonic performances in Italy, Romania, Albania, and Hungary, where he recorded an album of rarely heard French operatic arias with the Szeged Symphony.   This past season he invited to conduct on the Narnia Arts Festival (Narni, Italy), where he will conduct fully-staged performances of Puccini's Suor Angelica and Gianni Schichi at the Teatro Communale di Narni.  

Musical Supervisor, Axelrod Contemporary Balley Theater

Jason Tramm

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Proud of her West Coast origins, Jen Roit received a BFA at NYU Tisch, working with Karole Armitage, Bill Young, and Dwight Rhoden. She continued a diverse career with Jennifer Archibald, Nathan Trice, Daniel Holt, Mark Dendy, Randy James, Transcendance Group, and the Park Avenue Armory. She received mentorship from Camille Brown and Jennifer Edwards through the Breaking Glass Project and Stephen Petronio through NYU’s Alumni Choreographic Workshop. With her company, Armada, she has produced work for BalaSole Dance Company, MaD Circle Dance, Moving Beauty Series, Amalgamate Artist Series, Equilibrium Danceworks, WAXworks, and has been presented at HATCH, Spoke the Hub, RAW Artists, Dixon place, The Actor's Fund, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Triskelion, and Ticino in Danza (Switzerland). She currently serves on the Artist Committee for NACHMO and is editor of the Dance Magazine College Guide. She has choreographed for short films and music videos, including "You and I and You" presented at the Outlet Dance Project's International Film Festival, Dance Film Day in Portland, OR, and for Triskelion's Dance Film Festival. She serves as rehearsal director for the Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater.

Rehearsal Director, Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater

Jennifer Roit

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