Our Conductors


Carol S. Meiseles, has been conducting Lakeland ensembles since 1990.  In that time, she has experienced the growth of the program in the number of students and ensembles, but more importantly, the aesthetic and educational value that Lakeland provides for its students and families.

Since retiring from teaching music and conducting the orchestras at West Morris Central High School, she devotes her time to conducting Lakeland Strings, where she also serves as Education Director, teaches at the Paterson Music Project and private lessons. As Education Director, she has helped establish performance benchmarks for the orchestras, developed a ‘mini-lesson” program for Prelude students, and continues to promote Lakeland for its artistic value to young people and families.

Carol finds it both an honor and a pleasure to work and teach with the Lakeland staff and Board members. Their dedication and professional experience has helped Lakeland Youth Symphony prosper as a non-profit musical organization.


Sue On, B.A. in Music Business and Music Education, is a graduate of William Paterson University where she served as orchestra concertmaster under the direction of Sandra Dackow. Sue is passionately devoted to sharing her love of music with students of all ages. Originally from Connecticut, Sue currently teaches private violin, viola, cello, and piano lessons at her home studio in Parsippany, New Jersey. During the summer, she travels across the nation to various Suzuki Institutes teaching violin, piano, and music history.  Sue formerly worked at “Little Kids Rock,” a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching instrumental music in hundreds of public schools. She helped research, create and distribute curriculum that is used by over 100,000 students nation-wide. She has also studied with the New York Grand Opera alongside the founder, and esteemed Julliard professor, Vincent La Selva. Additionally, she has studied violin with the late Cynthia Prentice, Claudia Tondi, Franco Gennarelli, and jazz violinist Scott Tixier. When Sue isn’t teaching you can find her conducting a youth orchestra or performing with the South Florida Symphony Orchestra as a section violinist or with the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra as concert mistress.


Theresa Kemp is an award-winning graduate of the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University. Theresa gained valuable experience from working with the Shanghai Quartet while a student. Now, she excels, not only as a cellist and cello instructor, but as a music educator with an emphasis on strings in the Mountain Lakes public school system, a district that boasts 1,000 strings players.  Her passion for children to learn and love music led her to spend three years with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s CHAMPS program as a teaching artist, weekly navigating the challenges of a large group class for beginning string musicians. This year, Theresa officially joined the teaching artist faculty of the Paterson Music Project, heading up a team of teachers at one of the PMP site locations.  Her motto of “public praise; private correction” exemplifies her desire to create a positive, nurturing environment while challenging each child to fulfill his/her potential.  Theresa also uses her talents, volunteering for Morris Arts events, and playing cello for hospital patients in the Creative Arts and Healing Program for the Atlanticare Regional Medical Center.  Lakeland Youth Symphony is privileged to have a cellist/teacher/conductor of her caliber as part of our conducting team this year.


Eric Mahl is the Conductor and Artistic Director of OrchestraOne, Associate Conductor of the Greenwich Village Orchestra, and Music Director/Conductor of the Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra at Third Street Music School, and the Orchestra at Turtle Bay Music School. Mr. Mahl is a musician who believes in the transformative powers of music above all else. His hope is to provide meaningful, enriching and educational musical experiences to as many people as possible. Under the belief that the study of music is essentially an exploration of the human condition, and that classical music is infinitely beneficial for every human, he strives to cultivate an appreciation and understanding of music played with the highest possible level of artistry.

As a passionate educator, Mr. Mahl has personally taught all ages and instruments at a public and private schools throughout the five boroughs of New York City, and frequently works with student musicians from under-served communities. As a firm believer that music can provide a transformational experience for any child regardless of background, he attempts to engage and inspire students from as many cultural and geographic backgrounds as possible through community engagement activities such as free lectures, workshops, and concerts in addition to working with student orchestras.

Mr. Mahl also firmly believes that classical music is for everyone, and that art is an important and necessary vehicle to spur empathy and the understanding of one another, regardless of background. To that end, he continually strives to engage the communities that surround his orchestras through lecture series, interactive workshops, partnerships with other local non-profits and other engagement and educational activities. It is his goal to expose the humanistic meaning behind great works of art, to tear down any and all barriers between the audience and performers and to make everyone feel welcomed and accepted into a symphonic concert.


Angel Liu grew up in a home surrounded by the music of her mother’s piano students. She began playing the violin at the age of seven and eventually found herself in the Lakeland Youth Symphony during her late elementary and middle school years. Her undergraduate degrees are in both music education and violin performance from the Mason Gross School of the Arts. Ms. Liu was an active member of the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra and MusicaRaritana; she won Rutgers Chamber Music Competition a total of three times. Ms. Liu has also played with the Livingston Symphony Orchestra and Chester Baroque Orchestra. Ms. Liu strives to not only be a talented performer, but also strives to be an instinctive teacher who shares her love of music with every age group. Her attention to detail, nurturing manner, and ability to make work fun, provide our students with a first-class foundation in violin playing, developing habits for future success. Ms. Liu is the current orchestra director at Thomas A. Edison Middle School in West Orange.