Administrative Staff



Marketing and Public Relations Director
353-1636, ext. 3 - Email

Carolyn has been with the JCC since 2010. She joined the administrative team with a BA in Graphic Design and many years of experience in design and marketing. She has worked with non-profit organizations including 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 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 for the Jacksonville Children's Chorus in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2016. Carolyn is an avid ballroom dancer, along with her husband, Larry who owns A Social Affair Dance Studio. Their daughter Elyssa has been a member of the JCC since 2010.




Program Manager
353-1636, ext. 6 - Email

Melissa Barnes served with Jacksonville Children's Chorus for several years prior to moving to Alabama in 2010. She returned to Jacksonville and to the JCC as a Training Choir Conductor in 2014, taught Vocal Exploration classes, was the Lyric Choir Conductor and now is Mr. Dailey's Assistant Conductor for our upper choirs. 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 singers by example to strive for excellence in everything they do.




Business Manager
353-1636, ext. 2 - Email

KT joined the JCC team in 2016 as a member of the Finance Department. With a BS 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 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 became a professional Latin dancer, ballroom dance instructor, and even an aerialist.




Development Director
353-1636, ext. 4 - Email

Holly began her choir career at age 10 in Orange County's Public Schools and sang in West Orange High School's Chamber, Women's and Concert Choirs under the direction of Dr. Brian Lanier. At Rollins College she studied under Dr. John Sinclair and participated in both the Concert and Chamber Choirs. She earned a Master's Degree in Literature from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, and began her fundraising career at Mayo Clinic in 2007. She has been incredibly fortunate to have worked at several fine arts organizations in Jacksonville - Cathedral Arts Project and the Florida Theatre - and is grateful for the opportunity to come "home" to choir.  




Development and Marketing Associate
353-1636, ext. 7 - Email


Cat joined the JCC in 2015 as a member of the administrative team. She holds a B.A. in Theatre from Baldwin Wallace University and performed in operas and plays.  She lived in New York City for 8 years before moving to Jacksonville. While in NYC, Cat worked for various talent agents and managers. 

In high school, Cat sang in Concert Choir, Show Choir and performed in various musicals and plays. In her spare time, Cat sings with the Orange Park Chorale and sits on the board and is also an avid ballroom dancer.




Executive Assistant
353-1636, ext. 5 - Email

Kelly joined the JCC team in 2017 as member of the administrative team as an Executive Assistant. She graduated Stafford Hall School of Business in 1985 where she took an Executive Secretarial Program. Kelly brings her experience and skills to help organize and keep the administrative work flow moving forward.

Kelly recently relocated from New Jersey to Jacksonville and has two grown children but was born and raised in Toronto, Canada.  Her family relocated to New Jersey in the 1983 where she graduated from New Providence High School.  Before moving to Jacksonville, she held various Executive Assistant positions over the past 25 years.




Program Coordinator
353-1636, ext. 9 - Email

Diana has lived in Jacksonville for 19 years after growing up and traveling all over the world with her military parents. She has an Associate of Science in Legal Assisting. Before coming to work with the JCC, she was a claims examiner for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida. She was also a volunteer for The Chorus. Diana loves working alongside the wonderful people who take our kids to a special place with their music. She is married with three sons. Her middle son, Caleb, has been involved in The Chorus since 2009 and is a member of our Touring Choir.

“The Chorus expands your musical horizons and helps you grow as a person. You are surrounded with other young people who have something in common…their love of music. I have learned that music does, indeed, bring people and cultures together. The music we sing brings people hope for a better future of understanding and cooperation.”

Jasmine, 16, Touring and Concert Choirs

“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

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

Wali Gomes, JCC Parent

“It is gratifying the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus program covers so much of what is not available to children in the Duval Public Schools. The children who have an opportunity to participate in your Chorus are very fortunate to have this outstanding musical training available to them. The entire community benefits from your talent and that of the children.”

Dr. Frances B. Kinne, Chancellor Emeritus and Past President, Jacksonville University

“The JCC is more than just a chorus; it is truly a life-changing experience. The Chorus has opened me to new experiences, provided me with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and helped me discover singing is not just one of my interests but rather a lifelong passion.”

Emma, 17, Touring and Concert Choirs