Honoring the Pursuit of Perfection

Talented musicians deserve acclaimed judges.

The Caroling Competition secures some of the brightest and best musical people in our community to judge this event each year. They willingly devote five nights from their busy holiday schedule to the fair and equitable adjudication of this Competition.

Middle School Judges

SEATED:  Teresita Wessels,
Darlene Trujillo,
REAR:  Katherine Driscoll,  Andres Trujillo and Bill Quesenberry

JORGE ARCILA, (bass, stage director, diction and style coach, opera expert) is a powerful singing actor with a special affinity for the basso buffo repertory. In the words of a critic, Mr. Arcila creates “wonderfully deep characterizations of great common sense”. Associations include: Teatro Teresa Carreño, Sinfónica de Puerto Rico, Sinfónica de Venezuela, Orquesta Simón Bolívar. Mr Arcila has been Professor of Diction and Style at the University Institute of Musical Studies, and the José Angel Lamas Conservatory in Caracas. He holds a Master of Music in Performance from CUNY, and a Modern Languages and Translation degree from Universidad Central de Venezuela. A successful vocal pedagogue, Mr. Arcila teaches at Barry University, at the New World School of the Arts and privately in Miami and New York City. He is the Artistic Director of The Opera Atelier.

ANTONIO ARROYO, (Tony) has always been a lover of choral music. Educated in Spain bythe Salesian Brothers, he studied guitar, violin and mandolin. He is an active member of both his school and church choirs and participated in numerous competitions throughout the country.

KATHERINE DRISCOLL began her piano studies at age 6. She holds Masters and Doctoral degrees in piano from Indiana University. She has taught at Indiana University, Illinois Wesleyan University, Miami Dade College, and for 30 years, in Miami-Dade Public Schools.

RAFAEL DE GUZMAN first started singing and acting in public at the age of 9, as a member of the children’s chorus of the Metropolitan Opera’s Touring Company in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He studied voice under Maria Justina Pereira de Aldrey. He has performed on stage, television and nightclubs in San Juan, Boston, and New York. His Broadway Theatre credits include lead roles in Musical Comedies: Fiddler on the Roof, Camelot, Oliver, On A Clear Day, Fiorello, The Roar of the Greasepaint The Smell of the Crowd, 1776, The Rothschilds, Applause, Man of La Mancha and in numerous Zarzuelas and Operettas.

Senior High Judges

SEATED:  Rebecca Haas, Jorge Arcila
REAR: Kevin Rutledge, Tony Arroyo and Rafael de Guzman

WILLIAM “BILL” QUESENBERRY has been a musician since the age of 6, conducting a rhythm band.  He began playing trumpet in 5th grade and played all through Senior High at Coral Gables.  His choral career began when he joined the chapel choir in college because there was no band.  Since 1997 he’s been singing in various church choirs, as well as the Civic Chorale of Greater Miami.  He’s performed in the Berkshire Choral Festival, in Vancouver and Prague, Czech Republic.  In 2012 he joined the Second Avenue Jewish Chorale, performing in the Jewish Choral Festival in the Catskills for two seasons.  For the past five years, he has been singing with the professional High Holy Day ensemble at Temple Bet Shira.  Bill is a native Miamian, and lives in Coral Gables with his wife Melissa.

GISELLE ELGARRESTA RIOS professor, conductor, vocal and choral consultant, earned her Master’s in Voice and Doctorate in Conducting from UM. She made her debut as the first Cuban-American woman to direct in Carnegie Hall in 2006, and since then has had many international conducting engagements. As Assistant Professor of Music at Barry University since 1996, she is coordinator of their music program. Dr. Rios is the Soprano Soloist for Temple Israel and St. Augustine Catholic Church. Her memberships include the College Music Society, National Assn. of Teacher’s of Singing and the American Choral Director’s Association.

REBECCA HENRIQUES HAAK, is a Cuban- American soprano, who started performing in the Caroling Competition with Lourdes Academy. She now holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA) in vocal performance from the University of Miami. Rebecca was last seen as Zerlina in Don Giovanni with the Miami Summer Music Festival. In the ’14-’15 season she performed numerous roles with the Florida Grand Opera. She received First Prize in Canto Lirico at the Concorso di Escuzione Musicale in Matera, Italy and the Encouragement Award in the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions. She has participated in the Barcelona Festival of Song and the Aspen Music Festival, and has performed in recitals and concerts around the USA and Europe. She recently returned to Miami from Denver, Colorado and is resuming her musical career in Miami.

KEVIN RUTLEDGE, a native of Miami, is a graduate of Howard University in Washington DC, with a Bachelor of Music Education, and the University of Miami with a Master of Music in the Business and Entertainment Industry.  He is an accomplished vocalist, pianist and choral technical and director.  In the early 1980’s he interned at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Georgetown.  He served as Lead Teacher of the Performing and Visual Arts Center (PAVAC) as well as Fine Arts Department Chairman at Miami Northwestern SHS from 2004 to 2008.  Since 2008 hye has been the Music Teacher at Benjamin Franklin K-8 Center.  He has been honored as Teacher of the Year at three different schools.  Since 2016 he is the Music Director for Universal Truth Center in Miami Gardens.

ANDRES TRUJILLO began his musical studies at age five.  In 1972 he enrolled at the Escuela Provincial de Artes, receiving violin lessons from renowned Russian Professor Emil Chalbach.  In 1979, he resumed his studies in Caracas, at the Emil Friedman Music School and became the orchestra’s concert master.  He received his degree from Universidad Central de Venezuela.  Andres participated in multiple national and international festivals;  the Antonio Vivaldi Violin Festival in Venezuela and Radio France Music Festival in Montpelier.  He lives in Miami with his wife Darlene and is co-founder of the Trujillo Academy of Music.

DARLENE TRUJILLO began her piano studies at the age of five, at the Conservatory of Music “Guillermo Tomas” with Hortensia Upmann.  Exiled to Venezuela, she continued her training with Professor Daniel Bernard at the “Emil Friedman” School of Music and under Mrs. Geomar Narvaez at the Conservatory “Juan Jose Landaeta”.  She took advanced courses with painist Sadao Muraki.  In Miami she studied at FIU with the renowned pianists Miguel Salvador and Kemal Gekic.  Darlene and Andres both perform concerts of classical repertoire as well as Cuban and Latin-American art songs and dances, and previously taught music at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School.

TERESITA WESSELS, educated in Havana, Cuba, took lessons in music, guitar and voice at an early age. Life gave her many opportunities to share musical experiences with composers and musicians both in Cuba and Spain. She participated in many musical events and with children’s choruses in South Africa, Mexico, Nigeria, New York and Holland. Now a permanent resident of Coral Gables, she is a member of the choir at St Thomas The Apostle Church.


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