Treble Choir Conductor

carolyn-tuttle-2014-headshotCarolyn Tuttle is honored to get to work with the talented students in the Treble Choir for a third year. Ms. Tuttle earned her Bachelors degree in Music Education in Choir and Piano from the University of Florida and her Masters of Music Education from The Florida State University. While there, she studied conducting with Dr. Andre Thomas and Dr. Kevin Fenton. She is beginning her eighth year as the Choir Director at Oceanway Middle School teaching Beginning and Chamber Choir, Music Appreciation and Music Theater. In 2013, she was nominated for Teacher of the Year at Oceanway and was chosen as one of the top 15 Teacher of the Year finalists in Duval County. As a result, her teaching was filmed for the county's “Teaching for Excellence” series.

Ms. Tuttle has performed with the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus and performs frequently as a soloist for Riverside Presbyterian Church. She also judges yearly for District and State Piano and Voice Federation. It is her passion to use choir as the vehicle to inspire and challenge students to achieve things they never knew they were capable of. She hopes that all of her students leave the rehearsal and concert experience proud of themselves and the art they created together as a team.

Assistant Conductor for the Young Men's Chorus

antoniohunt-webAntonio Hunt received the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with an emphasis in Piano Performance from Morehouse College and the Master of Music degree in choral conducting at Georgia State University as a student of Alan Raines. Currently serving as Director of Choral Activities, he joined faculty at Samuel W. Wolfson High School in Jacksonville Florida where he conducts beginning to advanced level vocal ensembles, teaches piano, and music appreciation. The vocal and piano programs at Wolfson have accomplished and received outstanding ratings at both district and state festivals throughout Florida. Mr. Hunt is actively involved in several collegiate, religious, civic and local organizations as conductor, accompanist, and guest lecturer on choral music and its practicum and development throughout diverse choral associations.

In spring 2011, he served as the choral adjudicator for the West Tennessee Choral Music Educator's Festival. He holds memberships in the Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA), National Association of Music Education (MENC), National Association of Negro Musicians (NANM), the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America, Inc. His passion for music reflects spirituality, commitment, and scholarship that singers experience a variety of music so their lives are rich, full of kindness, culture, and they take pride in themselves and their accomplishments.

Training Choir Conductor


For over 15 years, Tommy Shapard has served churches in Texas, Florida and Georgia. Mr. Shapard is in his sixth year of serving as Minister of Music and Worship at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church, directing the Sanctuary Choir, Master Ringers, Growing in Grace Children’s Choir and the HAB Youth Choir, among other responsibilities. He earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree (Vocal/Choral emphasis) from Baylor University in 1997, graduating Magna Cum Laude and receiving the School of Music’s Annual Senior Award for Outstanding Music Educator. Following a stint of graduate work in Ethnomusicology at Florida State University, Tommy enrolled in Emory University’s Candler School of Theology where he received his Master of Divinity degree in 2004, completing a thesis on current Baptist worship practices.  He is a member of the AGO, Choristers Guild, Fellowship of Pastoral Musicians and ACDA.

Mr. Shapard is beginning his third year on the JCC Artist Staff.  After directing the Young Men’s Chorus for two years, he is now conducting the Training Choir at our Mandarin, Beaches and Downtown locations.  Tommy is married to Rachel Gunter Shapard and together they have three children, Drew, Kate and Mac.

Training Choir Conductor

susanne-webSusanne Dailey is a musician with many years experience both teaching and performing music. She has served in both public and private schools in New Jersey, North Carolina and Massachusetts, taught general music and chorus at the elementary levels (K-6), and worked as Organist/Pianist at several churches. 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 students with the foundations of music reading and music making.  In addition, she is a certified Kindermusik Instructor with six years of experience teaching music to preschoolers.

Susanne is well respected as an educator and has been acclaimed for her special rapport with students as well as her fine musicianship.  She believes that music is critical in nurturing a child's cognitive, emotional, social and physical development and is dedicated to ensuring that each child experiences the joy, fun and learning which music brings to life! Susanne's husband, Darren Dailey, is the Artistic and Executive Director of the Jacksonville Children's Chorus.  They have two daughters, Mary and Megan.

Vocal Exploration Instructor

melissabarnesMelissa Barnes served with Jacksonville Children's Chorus for several years prior to moving to Alabama in 2010.  She is thrilled to be returning to Jacksonville and to the JCC as a Training 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 all ages from preschool to adults. Her personal vocal performance experience includes leading roles in "Amahl and the Night Visitors," "H.M.S. Pinafore," "Mikado," Handel's "Messiah,"& John Rutter's "Requiem."  She 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 students by example to strive for excellence in everything they do.

Accompanist for Upper Choirs

sachikoframpton-webSachiko 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 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 an accompanist and traveled throughout the nation 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 has been actively working with Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and Paxon School for Advanced Studies as an accompanist. 

Accompanist for Treble Choir

karaalejoKara Alejo, accompanist, is a native of Jacksonville, Florida.  Kara studied music under Mary Elizabeth Land, studying music education with piano pedagogy emphasis.  While attending college, she was the accompanist for both the FSCJ college chorale and later, the college choir at Columbia International University in Columbia, South Carolina.   Kara then lived in both France and Mexico, where she had the opportunity to teach music to children and adults.  An experienced classical pianist and accompanist, she enjoys being a mother to her four children as well as working part time as a pianist for her local church.

Voice Instructor


Jeffrey Clayton is now in his thirteenth year as Vocal Department Chair at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, Florida.  He is extremely proud to be a member of a music faculty that in 2010 and 2012 was awarded the top prize as the National GRAMMY Signature School—the best high school music program in the United States!  In April of 2008 he was awarded the prestigious Gladys Prior Award for Career Excellence in Teaching.

His choirs, ensembles, and soloists have earned countless superior ratings at district and state festivals as well as performing for live television specials.  Clayton’s Concert Chorale has been heard as a feature choir numerous times with the Jacksonville Symphony.  His Chorale Women have performed for the Florida Chapter of the American Chorale Directors Association (ACDA) convention, the 2010 Southern Division Regional Conference in Memphis, and the 2011 ACDA National Conference in Chicago—the ultimate honor for this group.

Clayton received a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Samford University, a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance from the Indiana University School of Music; and was awarded an Opera Fellowship for completion of his doctorate at Florida State University. 

From 2002-2005 he served as a conductor for the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus preparing the Concert Choir for Jacksonville Symphony’s productions of Carmen and La Boheme and for their annual Holiday Pops Concert Series.  Clayton was invited to be a feature conductor for the Music Educators National Conference’s World’s Largest Concert broadcast worldwide in the spring of 2005. 

Clayton is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator having recently conducted the 2011 Alabama All-State Women’s Choir and the 2012 SC ACDA Women’s Choir.


ashley-head-shot-webAshley Novak started gymnastics as a child, and began dancing in 1997. In Tampa, she co-managed a dance studio with former U.S. dance champions. In 2009, she won the Tampa Bay Dancing with the Stars. She has also competed in many Pro-Am competitions where her students placed at the top of their dance level, and received the Top Female Teacher for the Florida Classic Competition in 2010. She moved to Jacksonville in 2010 and joined A Social Affair Dance Studio. She has performed in shows for the FBI, a benefit for the Lightner Museum in St. Augustine, and for the Alhambra Dinner Theatre. She even has a background in choral singing! Ms. Novak is proud to serve as the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus choreographer.

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