JCC Leadership

Artistic Staff


 JUNE AMBUSH

Virtual Preschool Conductor

June Ambush is a retired Music Educator and Choral Director with over 43 years of experience teaching pre-school and K-12 classes in public and private school institutions.

She served as a Music Specialist and Choral Director with the following Boston Public Schools: Roland Hayes School of Music at the John D. O’Bryant School of Science and Mathematics (2013-2018), John Marshall Elementary School (1999-2013), and the William H. Taft Middle School (1998-1999). In Malden, MA: Chester W. Holmes and Glenwood Street Elementary Schools (1995-1998). In Dover, MA: The Charles River School, grades Pre-K to 3 (1993-1995). In Cambridge, MA: Buckingham, Browne & Nichols Middle School (1991-1993). Ms. Ambush taught piano and pre-school classes at the Sewell Music Conservatory in Washington, D.C. (1972-1985) and served as an Adjunct Music Professor at Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hills, MA, for seven years.

Ms. Ambush conducted beginning-level choruses with the Boston Children’s Chorus and Treble Chorus of New England. She was the Artistic Director of the Broadmoor Chamber Singers in Natick, MA (2005-2019) and served as accompanist for the Christ Temple of Godly Wisdom Ministry Sunday services, Framingham, MA (1992-2012).

She earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Howard University, Washington, D.C. and is certified in Levels 1 through 4 with the Kodaly Music Institute from New Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA. Ms. Ambush firmly believes that teaching music to pre-school children creates a beginning foundation in developing music literacy through singing, movement, and performance.


MELISSA BARNES

Treble Choir Conductor

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.

KATHERINE (KT) BOLING

Choreographer

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.

 SUSANNE DAILEY

Primary & 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.

 MARISSA DICKERSON

Virtual Preschool Conductor

Marissa Dickerson is returning to the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus virtually from California. A Texas native, she earned her Bachelor of Music Education from Stephen F. Austin State University where she graduated summa cum laude. After teaching kindergarten through eighth grade music and choir, Marissa returned to Stephen F. Austin State University to pursue her Master's of Music in Choral Conducting. After completing her degree, she moved to Jacksonville and worked in elementary, teaching early childhood through sixth grade music, as well as working with the JCC Lyric, Training, and Primary choirs. The military moved her family to San Diego, CA where she is currently staying home with her two children Alan and Cecilia.

Mrs. Dickerson is passionate about making music accessible to children and making choir a place where they can work together to grow as individuals as well as musicians. 

 VIRGINIA BARNETT DICKERT

Primary & Treble Choir Conductor

Virginia is a Jacksonville native and has both of her music education degrees from Jacksonville University, where in 1995 she first became involved with the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus as a volunteer. When the conductor, Jim Taylor unexpectedly couldn’t accompany the chorus to sing in New York, Virginia took the group on their very first choir experience to sing in Carnegie Hall! 

Virginia has enjoyed teaching music for over 42 years in both the local private and public school systems as well as in several local churches.  Elementary schools like St. Mark's Episcopal, Brookview, San Mateo, Parkwood Heights and Windy Hill have enjoyed having Virginia as their music specialist. She received the Teacher of the Year award in 1995 at Windy Hill Elementary. 

She was the music specialist at Jacksonville Country Day School for 25 years and has recently retired. Her JCDS Chorus consistently received first place awards and superior ratings at the Music USA Festival in Orlando and were chosen to perform at the Florida Music Educators Conference in Tampa in 2004. Her JCDS students have been chosen to sing in the Florida Elementary All-State Chorus every year for over ten years. A special moment for her was to take her JCDS Chorus to New York where they performed in Carnegie Hall alongside the JCC under the direction of Darren Dailey when he had his Carnegie Hall conducting debut in 2008.  

In 2018, the University of North Florida chose Virginia to be one of four teachers recognized with the Gladys Prior Award For Career Teaching Excellence. This is an annual award given to only four local teachers who have proven over the years to give tremendous inspiration to their students.  Finally, in 2020, the Florida Music Educator Association chose Virginia to be the Florida Elementary Music Educator of the Year.

Virginia is excited to be back with the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus and believes every child deserves a chance to shine on stage. She believes in the JCC mission of inspiring excellence in young singers through a high-quality choral music education!

 SACHIKO FRAMPTON

Collaborative Pianist

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. 

 HANNAH GIBSON

Primary Choir Conductor

Hannah Gibson is a music educator and musician from Northeast Florida. She has been an elementary music teacher for 8 years, having taught in Duval county and currently teaching full time in Nassau county, in addition to teaching privately. She received her Bachelor's of Music from the University of North Florida, specializing in Flute Performance. As an educator, Hannah strives to provide quality music instruction in the classroom and as many after-school arts opportunities as possible for her students, from world music ensemble to drama club.

Hannah is passionate about helping young people find their voice and is thrilled to be a part of JCC's mission. She believes music and arts education are essential to creating empathetic, critical thinking community members of the future. When not teaching or playing, Hannah can be found gardening and enjoying time with her husband and furry children.

 JENNIFER MEISTER

First Steps In Music Instructor, Vocal Exploration Instructor & Training Choir Conductor

Jennifer Meister is an active music educator throughout Northeast Florida, with professional training in conducting, piano, voice, and percussion. She has taught in a variety of settings from early childhood education through 12th grade. In addition to working with the JCC, she currently holds the music teacher position for PreK-12th grade at Impact Christian Academy, while balancing a substantial private piano studio and participating in the choir at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral as a vocalist and assistant conductor. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of North Florida, as well as a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Bowling Green State University.

Above all, Jennifer loves sharing her love of music with young minds, and she always encourages her students to explore outside of their comfort zone with open hearts to reach new and exciting artistic capabilities!

 

“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

“Music plays a major role in the full development of a child. Not only does it enrich lives, it also serves as a pathway for students to express themselves and explore new ways to communicate with others. For 20 years, kudos to the JCC for molding the lives of young artists, and I look forward to the next 20 years.”

Tim Cost, President, Jacksonville University

“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

“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

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

Wali Gomes, JCC Parent