About

Artistic Staff

MICHELLE AKSER

Preschool Instructor

Michelle moved to United States from south France in 1981 to work as a travel agent in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 1986, she met her then husband, a PhD in Metallurgical Engineering. The couple moved to Wilmington, Delaware when he accepted a job at E.I. DuPont. Michelle worked at the Wilmington Music School as a bookkeeper from 1988 to 1991. During her time at there, Michelle became a licensed Kindermusik® Instructor 

After receiving of a promotion, the couple and their one-year-old daughter, Maya, moved to Orange Park, Florida. Michelle received her Associate Degree in Art from FCCJ in 1996. She obtained her Real Estate license in 1997 and worked as a Realtor® in Northeast Florida until 2011. During the real estate market crash in 2008, she joined the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus team as a part-time Assistant to the Finance Director until 2011.

In 2012, Michelle worked for the Paralympics Games in France and London in the sales and bookkeeping department of eVenture Zone. Soon after the Paralympics Games, Michelle moved to Costa Rica. She worked there as a Realtor® and was the Treasurer for the Pérez Zeledón International Women’s Club. In June of 2018, Michelle returned to Jacksonville and once again joined the team of Jacksonville Children’s Chorus, this time as the Program Manager and Preschool Music Instructor.

Her only child, Maya, is a JCC alumni and graduated with a Music Business degree from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. She now lives in Los Angeles and works for William Morris Entertainment (WME), the largest talent agency in the world.

Michelle loves to keep up with new technologies, travel often to Europe, listen to music, read books (mostly French ones), watch independent movies, bike to the beach, and exercise. Michelle is fluent in French and Spanish.


 

KATHERINE (KT) BOLING

Assistant 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

Training Choir Conductor and Primary Choir Instructor

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.

 


 

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 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 collabrative 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. 

  


 

JENNIFER MEISTER

Assistant Conductor for Training, Lyric and Treble Choirs/Accompanist

Jennifer joined the JCC’s staff in 2017; she is a pianist, vocalist, percussionist, and choral director from Orlando, Florida. She holds a BME from University of North Florida, where she studied piano with Dr. Erin Bennett-Hibbard, voice with Dr. Karen Coker-Merritt, and percussion with Charlotte Mabrey and Kevin Garry, all while performing in the UNF Chorale under the direction of Dr. Cara Tasher. She also holds a MM in Choral Conducting from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, where she studied under the direction of Dr. Mark Munson, Dr. Sandra Stegman, and Dr. Timothy Cloeter. During her studies at BGSU, Jennifer collaborated and premiered many new works from student composers as a conductor, vocalist, and percussionist, while working as an accompanist for other vocalists and maintaining her responsibilities as the Graduate Assistant for the Women's Chorus, A Cappella Choir, Collegiate Chorale, and University Choral Society.

Jennifer also has seven years of professional experience serving in the music ministries of a variety of churches. With a passion for community arts, new music, and music education, Jennifer's wide array of skills and interests fuel her excitement for teaching and performing, and she always encourages her students to explore outside of their comfort zones to achieve new and exciting artistic skills.



 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.


 

CAT PALFREY

Preschool Music Instructor
 

Cat joined the JCC in 2015 as a member of the administrative team.  She holds a B.A. in Theatre from Baldwin Wallace University where she performed in operas and plays.  Upon graduation, Cat moved to NYC, where she auditioned for musical theatre. Additionally, she studied TV and film acting before switching to the business side of the industry to work for talent agents and managers. After 8 years of living in NYC, Cat moved to Jacksonville with her husband.

In high school, Cat sang with an award winning Concert Choir and Show Choir. This allowed her to travel and perform internationally. She also performed in various musicals and plays. In her spare time, Cat sings with the Orange Park Chorale, sits on the board and enjoys ballroom dancing.

  


 

MILLICENT "Penny" SYLVESTER

Conductor for Lyric and Treble Choirs

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.

 


 

DR. CHARLIE J. TOOMER, JR.

Associate Conductor for the Young Men's Chorus

Dr. Charlie J. Toomer, Jr., currently serves as the Director of Choral Activities at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, FL. His experience as a choral director for over fifteen years has enabled him to effectively build and manage successful choral programs. He has a proven history of implementing strategic recruiting practices that have led to the growth of choral programs under his tutelage. His positive professional presence in rural, suburban and urban communities is evidenced in the array of top vocalists that he’s been able to recruit to his choirs nationwide.

Dr. Toomer’s teaching career in choral music education led him to Palmetto, FL where he served as Choir Director for the Manatee School for the Arts.  Under his direction, he was able to triple the number of students in the choral program the very next year.

He has served as Director of Choral Activities at Florida A&M University where he taught Applied Voice, Conducting, Choral Techniques, and also directed the FAMU Concert Choir and the FAMU Vocal Jazz Ensemble. He was instrumental in building partnerships between the university and neighboring public school systems by hosting workshops, adjudicating district and state festivals and holding master classes with various choral groups. He consistently worked with public and private school choral directors to enhance the appreciation of choral music.

Under his direction the FAMU Concert Choir performed at the Florida Music Educators National Conference now known as the National Association for Music Education in Tampa, FL, in Anchorage Alaska for BP and Exxon Mobile and at the invitation of Rita Marley, the choir performed at the 65th Birthday Celebration of Bob Marley in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. One of Dr. Toomer’s biggest achievements was his selection to serve as the Director for the All-State High School Men’s Choir in Florida

Dr. Charlie J. Toomer, Jr. holds a Ph.D. in Choral Conducting /Music Education and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting performance degree from Florida State University. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Florida A&M University. He is a member of the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America, and Kappa, Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity. He also serves as Director of Music at Woodlawn Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville, FL. 

 

“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

“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

“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

“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 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