The Triad Vocal Ensemble, a 30-voice mixed adult choir, is comprised of professional musicians as well as talented amateur singers.

Each season the Triad Arts Ensemble collaborates with many of New Jersey’s best talent to create a memorable event celebrating the courage and dignity of the human spirit, while also offering remembrances for lives lost.

Triad is partnering with Abbie Gardner and the Dan Crisci Jazz Trio for our 2024 Canticles for Life concerts to raise much-needed funds that will impact many lives. Proceeds raised will directly benefit three NJ organizations that support those impacted by HIV/AIDS and in memory of those lost to the disease, as well as raise awareness, dispel ignorance and help to shine compassion.

Abbie Gardner is a fiery dobro player with an infectious smile. Whether performing solo or with Americana darlings Red Molly, her acclaimed tales of love and loss, both gritty and sweet, are propelled by her impeccable slide guitar chops. Her live show is truly unique – as an award-winning songwriter, captivating vocalist, and a world-class lap style dobro player, she has an unmistakable sound all her own.  This sound of vocals and dobro unaccompanied is masterfully captured on her 2022 CD “DobroSinger.” The record made it to #11 on the Billboard Blues Charts and #2 on the Folk DJ Charts. It’s a raw intimate recording full of blues, heartfelt ballads and the ache of the unknown. It’s quite a contrast to her previous CD, Wishes on a Neon Sign (2018) which featured a co-write with Chris Stapleton and leaned on full band production.  Though she has traveled around the world with Red Molly, Abbie stands strong as a solo act and has opened for Lori McKenna, Hot Rize, and Martina McBride.  “Not only a first-rate Dobro player but a songwriter to be reckoned with.” –John Platt, WFUV  Photo credit Neale Eckstein. 

Dan Crisci is a pianist and composer who creates calm and meditative songs, thoughtful sophisticated compositions, and funky energetic grooves. Through an introspective and reflective process, he produces memorable melodies that are enhanced by his ability to improvise. Dan enjoys exploring his compositions as a solo pianist as well as with other musicians. He has performed or recorded with Zach Brock, Steve Holloway, Brynn Stanley, John Carlini, Todd Collins, Ginny Johnston, Anton Denner, Sue Williams, Nick Scheuble, Bill Robinson, Brian Glassman, Rick Crane, Dave Rimelis, and Rob Thomas, among others. He has been the accompanist for the Triad Arts Ensemble Choir for over 20 years and has recorded five albums, three of which feature his original music. In addition, Dan has written songs with music and lyrics and pieces for choir and piano.