About

Administrative Staff

CAROLYN BELL AUDIJE

Visual Communications Specialist
353-1636, ext. 3 | Email

Carolyn has been with the JCC since 2010. She joined the administrative team with a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design and many years of experience in design and marketing. Her background includes publishing, advertising, collegiate communications, prepress, web design, and corporate branding. She has worked with many non-profit organizations including Special Olympics, The Boselli Foundation, The Jacksonville Children's Commission, The Association of Fundraising Professionals, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation as well as Christ the King, Resurrection and Guardian Catholic Schools. She has a passion for helping children and her community through the use of her artistic gifts.

Carolyn has been living and working in Jacksonville since late 1991, but was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio where she was involved in vocal music, visual art, and theater. She had the pleasure of getting to know Darren Dailey while working on Jacksonville's Dancing with the Stars benefiting the Boselli Foundation in 2010. She went on to plan and organize the same event benefitting the Jacksonville Children's Chorus six times now since 2011. In recent years, Carolyn was an avid competitive ballroom dancer and active in stewardship at Christ the King Catholic Parish. Her husband, Larry, owns A Social Affair Dance Studio and their daughter, Elyssa, is a member of the Touring Choir and has been a member of the JCC since 2010. 


 

RYAN BALDRIDGE

Program Assistant
353-1636, ext. 9 | Email

Ryan Baldridge comes from the rural Midwest where he has been an active music educator for seven years. Ryan holds a Bachelor's degree in Piano Performance from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music and has certifications in the Musikgarten Program. While studying at Wheaton, he served as Assistant Conductor for the Men’s Glee Club. In addition, he also assisted as an early childhood music teacher for the College’s Community School of the Arts. Finally, he has also worked with children by being a private piano instructor and teaching at the Music Institute of Chicago.

 


 

KATHERINE (KT) BOLING

Business Manager & Development Officer
353-1636, ext. 4 | Email

KT joined the JCC team in 2016 as a member of the Finance Department. With a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and experience in project management, quality engineering, and accounting, KT joined our team as Accounting Assistant and is now the Business Manager and Development Officer for the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus.

KT’s ties to the Chorus go back as far as 1996 when she joined the JCC as a young singer under the direction of Jim Taylor, the Chorus’ first conductor. In her two years as a member of the JCC, KT enjoyed opportunities to perform at various venues around the state and country, and even in Carnegie Hall. Since then, she has continued her passion for music, participating in numerous bands and choirs at her church, and through high school and college. KT’s love of the arts has also extended to dance, where she has become a professional Latin dancer, ballroom dance instructor, and even an aerialist.

 


 

ADAM HOOPER

Recruitment and Volunteer Coordinator
353-1636, ext. 610 | Email

Fresh from Colorado, Adam Hooper is a modern-minded musician with a penchant for guiding motivated students through the journey of music. He finds purpose in the melody of life accompanying at the keyboard, composing creative content, and conducting like-minded musicians!

He has had a significant impact as an educator, improviser, and producer in the Colorado Springs community, teaching/accompanying choir with the Widefield School District and the Colorado Springs School. He is also known for assembling MoMa.x, a musical arts collective, for unique live collaborative performances held at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Mr. Hooper holds a bachelor's degree in Music Composition and Sound Design from UCCS, as well as an associate's degree from Pikes Peak Community College in Multimedia Graphic Design.  

Some of his favorite credits include a premiere of Philip Blackburn's electro-acoustic composition for piano and smart-phone, Lilacs and Lightning (2012), Amache: Silent Imprints (2013) a collaborative sonic documentary with poet Mary Jane Sullivan, LatherRinseRepeat (2014) film score for Whatsabudget Films, as well as Concerto for Computer (2014), an original composition for orchestra and computer musician. His most significant work, Empty Classrooms (2014), premiered for over 600 Colorado Springs community leaders at the annual CPCD Headstart Fundraiser Breakfast. 

Adam is happy to have found a musical home with the Jacksonville Children's Chorus, to share in the legacy of inspiring excellence in young singers. When the lights go out and the curtains close, Adam can be found at home drinking tea with his wife and rolling around on the floor with his kiddos.

 

DOROTHY LEITCH

Program Manager
353-1636, ext. 6 | Email

Dorothy Leitch is a Florida native – born and raised in St. Petersburg, then moved on to Georgia for higher education. She received her Associate of Arts from Oxford College of Emory University and went on to receive her bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a major in Computer Information Systems from Georgia State University, while also starting her professional career with Coca-Cola. After graduation, she moved to Jacksonville – a city her father’s family had lived since the 1800’s.

Now living in Jacksonville, Dorothy has worked in many businesses including the Federal Reserve Bank and several small, privately-owned companies. Jacksonville is also the place where she and her husband of over 30 years, Jim, have their family with three children. Carlisle, their oldest, is a mechanical engineer who works on F-18s at NAS Jacksonville. Emily, the middle child, works as a kindergarten teacher in Tallahassee. Sarah, her youngest, is a full time student at Florida State University and an alumni of the JCC Touring Choir. Once her children were all in school, Dorothy became a teacher in Duval County Public Schools at Dinsmore Elementary, where she taught second through fourth grade students for 15 years.

It was through Sarah, her youngest, that Dorothy began to volunteer with The Jacksonville Children’s Chorus. Through her personal experience, Dorothy developed a love and an appreciation for the JCC. As the Program Manager for the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus, Dorothy feels that her new role serves everything she loves – children, music, and working in a business-related position. Dorothy is excited to be a part of the JCC family.


DANIELA SZENESZI

Accounting Assistant
353-1636, ext. 8 | Email

Daniela joined the JCC family with bachelor’s degrees in both Psychology and Fashion Design, and a master's degree in Psychology. Before moving to the U.S. in 2013, she worked as a sports psychologist in Brazil for 17 years.

In addition to her work with The Chorus, Daniela and her sister are the owners and creators of Grata Designs – a fashion line for athletic wear, specializing in yoga and the circus arts.

Daniela comes to us with experience in administrative roles, accounting, and customer service. She has been involved in performing arts since the age of 8. Former ballet dancer and synchronized swimmer, she has been waiting for the right opportunity to go back to her roots to work in the Arts once again. She is excited to do so with the JCC.

 


JORDAN WETHERELL

Development Associate
353-1636, ext. 7 | Email

Jordan is originally from a small town outside of Flint, Michigan, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Research Psychology with a minor in Theater. She went on to move to San Diego to work in the Film & Television industry, where she coordinated travel for a wide variety of productions with hotel vendors across the country. With her love of fostering meaningful relationships and passion for the Choral Arts, she has since become the Development Associate with high aspirations to help bring the joy of singing to as many children in Jacksonville as possible.

Jordan has always had an affinity for the creative arts, but her love for choir has always come above all else. Her best memories of growing up come from the many years she spent in different choirs within her school district. When she relocated to Jacksonville from California, she never would have guessed an organization like the JCC existed. Now she is living out her dream of having music at the forefront of her day-to-day life, while taking pride in knowing she gets to help the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus maximize its impact in giving children the ability to flourish with a strong musical education in the same way that she did. 

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“JCC truly embodies some of the best qualities of team sports: camaraderie, discipline, patience, persistence, and positive mentoring.”

Wali Gomes, JCC Parent

“Being a part of the JCC has not only allowed Christian to experience the fun, excitement and pleasure of singing with friends, it has also helped him to develop a sense of confidence that comes from life skills of hard work and perseverance.”

Elaine Bourne, JCC Parent

“Through music and your leadership, these children learn to perform in different languages while experiencing the diversity of an array of world cultures. The understanding they gain will serve them well as they enter adulthood.”

R. Randall Onstead, former President/CEO of Winn-Dixie

“I was in the Jacksonville Children's Chorus in 1999-2002. It helped me to build long lasting friendships and a greater love for music. To this day I still remember the fun times and great concerts we did in the JCC. I think this organization is great for children of all ages, it helps build confidence and friendships.”

Bethany, Former Member

“Music is such a valuable part of life. The way it enriches one’s life and encourages creativity, I do not believe anything else can do as much. We in Jacksonville are certainly blessed to have the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus.”

Scott C. Snyder, President, Compass Consulting Group