Annie Kessler

I’ve been a member of NRS from the time it was just a twinkle in Liz’s eye, and it’s the first time I’ve been in a chorus, although I’ve always sung informally with family and friends. Out of NRS, some of us formed an acapella doo-wop group, The Prom Dates — a source of major joy. For that, I’ve learned how to arrange music with the totally addicting Sibelius software.

In former lives, I taught first graders through college and adult literacy students (was director of the Jersey City program) and wrote lyrics and book for musical theater.
Born in Brooklyn; lived in Valley Stream, Long Island ages 5-13; California’s San Fernando Valley as a teen; then Santa Monica and Venice; moved to Jersey City in 1982. Attended UC Berkeley and got my B.A. and M.Ed. from UCLA.

Here, I founded the Harsimus Cove Association, and when a developer decided to build the Grove Pointe building near the PATH station, I led a 5-year community effort to make it a decent building and to require the developer fix up, to our specifications, what was a disgusting Grove Plaza. So when I get to sing there with NRS for Groove on Grove, it’s like — wow!