About

Artistic Staff

MELISSA BARNES

Assistant Concert and Touring Choir Conductor

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.


 

KATHERINE (KT) BOLING

Assistant Choreographer

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 stepped into the position of Accounting Assistant 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.


 

KIM CLAYTON

Primary Choir Conductor & Accompanist

Kim Clayton joins the JCC staff this year, but is not a stranger to the organization. She and her family have been supporters and participants of the JCC for years. Her connection to the JCC has been diverse.  Her son, Caleb, sang with the Treble Choir under the direction of Mrs. Virginia Dickert for two years. Her husband, Jeffrey Clayton, who is Chair of the Vocal Department at Douglas Anderson, has been intimately involved with JCC through the years; most recently as vocal instructor. As the Fine Arts Director and teacher at Harvest Community School, she had several of her students in the JCC's choirs and in the Annual First Coast Honors Choir. 

Kim holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Oral Roberts University with an emphasis in voice and piano. Prior to coming to Jacksonville in 1999, Kim taught music in public elementary schools for 15 years in Oklahoma, Texas, and Florida. She was nominated for "Teacher of the Year" at all three schools and received numerous awards for her expertise in teaching music. Kim is in her 11th year of teaching music at Harvest Community School, which she balances with a private piano studio, having taught more than 100 students from the Jacksonville area the last 15 years. She has been actively involved in church music for her entire life, beginning at the age of 12 and most recently completing 10 years as accompanist/choir director/worship leader at Beach Church in Jacksonville Beach. Though many experiences have highlighted her career, Kim is most proud of her accomplishments being a mother to seven wonderful sons. Her love of children, passion for music, and sharing the love of it continue to inspire her teaching.

 


 

SUSANNE DAILEY

Training Choir Conductor

Susanne 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 singers 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 singers 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.

 


 

MARISSA DICKERSON

Assistant Training and Lyric Choir Conductor

Marissa Dickerson is new this year to both the Jacksonville Children's Chorus and to Florida. 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 8th 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 in 2015, she moved to Jacksonville. Mrs. Dickerson is passionate about making music accessible to children and making choir a place where they must work together to grow as individuals as well as musicians. 

 


 

SACHIKO FRAMPTON

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 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.

 


 

CHOHEE KIM

Accompanist

Chohee Kim is originally from South Korea. Ms. Kim finished an Advanced Performance Certificate for Organ at Baylor University with Isabelle Demers. She received a Bachelor of Music degree with emphasis in Sacred Music from Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, where she studied Organ with Sun-Min Kim.

Following this, she studied with Robert Bates at the Moores School of Music in the University of Houston.  Currently she holds the position of Organist at Southside United Methodist Church and is the Accompanist at Florida State College at Jacksonville.

 



 ASHLEY NOVAK

Choreographer

Ashley 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.

 


 

 KATY POLK

Primary Choir Conductor, Vocal Exploration Instructor & Voice Instructor

Katy Polk, Soprano, is a native of the greater Jacksonville area. She graduated with her Bachelor’s in Voice Performance from the Florida State University in 2012. While at FSU she studied with Shirley Close and performed such roles as Miss Pinkerton in Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief, Cuipidon in Offenbach’s Orphée aux enfers, and Myrtis in Carlisle Floyd’s Cold Sassy Tree. After receiving her Bachelor’s, Katy pursued her Master’s at Boston University. There she studied with Dr. Jerrold Pope. While at Boston University, Katy covered the roles of Eliza in Nico Muhly’s Dark Sisters, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, and Harper in Angels in America. She performed the roles of Elaine O’Neill in Later the Same Evening and was most recently seen as Noémi in Massenet’s Cendrillon. Katy graduated from Boston University with a Master’s in Voice Performance in 2015. 

Katy is also one of our Program Coordinators.  

 


 

KETURAH ROBISON

Assistant Choreographer

Keturah Robison has played classical piano since the age of four and went on to study Piano Performance at University of North Florida. She sang in the UNF Chorale for four years under Dr. Cara Tasher, during which time she was fortunate to perform a wide variety of repertoire, from pieces by Eric Whitacre to Carmina Burana, and even performing with Star Wars in Concert. The peak of her choral experience was traveling to Italy in 2010 and singing in Venice at St. Mark’s Basilica.

Keturah began ballroom dancing in 2008 and has worked for A Social Affair Dance Studio since 2010 where she teaches both social and competitive dancing. Keturah enjoys taking her students to Pro/Am competitions. In 2014, she and her student won Best Showcase at the Florida Classic Series. She has participated in Jacksonville’s Dancing with the Stars to benefit the JCC since 2011. At A Social Affair, Keturah teaches all ages of dancers and enjoys working with both adults and children and most importantly sharing the joy of dance. 

 


 

MILLICENT SYLVESTER

Lyric 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.

 


 

CAROLYN TUTTLE

Treble Choir Conductor

Carolyn Tuttle is honored to get to work with the talented students in the Treble Choir again this year. Ms. Tuttle earned her Bachelor degree in Music Education from the University of Florida and her Masters of Music Education from Florida State University. She has had many master teachers, however, she wouldn't be a music educator today without the dedication and inspiration of Ms. Vicki Stake in high school, Dr. Kevin Orr in college and Dr. Judy Bowers in graduate school.

She is currently the Choral Director at Episcopal School of Jacksonville teaching middle and high school chorus. In 2013, she was nominated for Teacher of the Year at Oceanway Middle School 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. In 2015, she traveled to Haiti where she was able to participate and teach music with children who are members of the Fonkoze microfinance program for families in extreme poverty.

Ms. Tuttle's choirs have performed at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Duval County School Board, Wolfson Children's Hospital, Walt Disney World, local news stations and in 2015, her students collaborated in a concert with the Chicago Children's Chorus. It is her passion to use choir as the vehicle to inspire and challenge students. 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.

“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

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

Wali Gomes, JCC Parent

“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

“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

“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