Melissa Barnes has served many different roles with the JCC Artistic Staff over the past decade. In 2006 she began her career with the JCC as the inaugural Training Choir Conductor and has also served as Vocal Exploration Instructor and Lyric Choir Conductor. Melissa was also Mr. Dailey’s Assistant Conductor for our upper choirs, and Treble Choir Conductor. Melissa received her Vocal Performance degree with additional studies in music education from University of Mobile. She also studied at University of Southern Mississippi where she was a proud member of the Marching Pride.
Melissa brings over 25 years’ experience in both performing and teaching music to students of all ages from preschool to adults in both private studio and school settings. Melissa still enjoys performing but has found her passion in guiding children to discover and develop their talents and creativity. It is her desire to assist in developing a high-quality choral music program while teaching not only musical and cognitive skills, but social development, self-discipline, teamwork, and community involvement. Her desire is to teach her singers by example to strive for excellence in everything they do.
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
Choreographer, Ext. 4 | Email
KT joined the JCC team in 2016 as a member of the Administrative Staff but extended her scope into the Artistic Staff in 2017. She began dancing at the age of 3 and has held a passion for the performing arts ever since. 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, she enjoyed opportunities to perform at various venues around the state and country, and even in Carnegie Hall. During her college years, she expanded upon her dance background, becoming heavily involved in the Ballroom and Latin Dance community of Florida, where she became a professional Latin dancer, ballroom dance instructor, and even an aerialist.
Training Choir Conductor
Susanne Dailey is a musician with many years of experience in both teaching and performing music. She has served in public and private schools in New Jersey, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and Florida. In addition to teaching general music and chorus at the elementary level, Susanne has worked as Organist/Pianist at many churches throughout her career. Mrs. Dailey received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J. and her Master of Arts degree in Music Education from Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. She has trained in the Kodály and Orff-Schulwerk methodologies and is committed to providing young singers with the foundations of music reading and music making. She is also a certified Kindermusik Instructor. Mrs. Dailey has been the Music Director at St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School since 2006 and teaches Pre-K through 6th-grade music classes.
Susanne is well respected as an educator and has been acclaimed for her special rapport with singers as well as her fine musicianship. She believes that music is critical in nurturing a child's cognitive, emotional, social and physical development. She is dedicated to ensuring that each child experiences the joy, and excitement learning music brings! Susanne's husband, Darren Dailey, is the Artistic and Executive Director of the Jacksonville Children's Chorus. They have two wonderful daughters, Mary and Megan.
RACHEL GRELLE CECIL
Training Choir Conductor, Primary Choir Instructor
Born in St. Louis Missouri, Rachel's family moved to Dallas when she was 12. She feels very fortunate to have gotten the opportunity to attend middle school and high school in Carrollton-Farmers Branch school district, where she was able to participate in chorus programs that changed her life. After graduating from high school, Rachel attended Louisiana State University, graduating with a Bachelors in Music Education. Upon graduation she returned to the Dallas area and taught at Morningside Elementary in Lewisville ISD for seven years. While teaching she completed her Orff Level One Certification at LSU and earned a Masters in Music Education from Florida State University.
In 2013 Rachel moved to Jacksonville, Florida where she has spent the last seven years teaching in Duval County Public Schools. In the summer of 2014, she completed her Orff Level Two training at Southern Methodist University. Since 2013 she has been an active member of the North Florida Orff Chapter serving in many capacities, but most recently President from 2016-2019. Rachel is excited to be joining Nassau County this fall as the music teacher for Yulee Primary. She also a proud wife and struggling mother of a teenage son.
Collaborative Pianist for Concert and Touring Choirs
Sachiko Frampton started her career as a professional collaborative pianist soon after she started to study at the high school division of Musashino Academia Musicae, a conservatory in Tokyo, Japan. Through high school and college, she studied piano under Yoko Minagawa and Takashi Kawasaki, and collaborative piano under Penka Badev. Until she moved to the United States with her family, she performed numerous recitals as a collaborative pianist and traveled throughout Japan as a pianist with the percussion ensemble Group Woods.
Before she moved to Jacksonville in 2012, she worked in Arizona as a collaborative pianist for Grand Canyon University, high schools in the greater Phoenix area, and for the State Convention of Choral Directors of Arizona.
Here in Jacksonville, she is a staff pianist at University of North Florida School of Music and has worked with Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and Paxon School for Advanced Studies.
MILLICENT "Penny" SYLVESTER
Vocal Exploration Instructor & Training Choir Conductor
Millicent is honored to be a part of the JCC artistic team. A native of Chicago, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Illinois and a Masters of Music Education (choral) from Florida State University. Growing up, she was a member of the Chicago Children’s Choir and as an adult, returned as a guest soloist and in-school conductor for that organization. As a music educator, she has taught elementary, middle, and high school chorus and general music. Millicent brings a unique combination of education and performance experience. Her performance background includes solo and ensemble work with the Chicago Symphony Chorus and Symphony singers, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Alhambra Theater, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, and Florida Opera Theater. She has been an adjudicator for Florida Elementary All-State Chorus and is Orff certified.