JCC Leadership

Artistic Staff



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.


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.


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. 


Training 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!


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. 


Assistant Choreographer

Roseanna George, first began dancing at the age of 11 in Miami, FL where she studied the styles of ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical and hiphop. She took up ballroom dancing three years later, attending lessons alongside her parents for 3 more years before graduating highschool and moving to Jacksonville to attend college.

While in college she learned the way of "Step" dancing and began teaching it at various schools in Duval county with "Step-In-School, Inc." ran by Adam Barnes in partnership with The Cathedral Arts project. In 2013, she returned to ballroom dancing beginning her career as an instructor after completing her teacher training program at A Social Affair dance studio for six years.

Currently, Roseanna, now teaches at All About Ballroom and is the studio manager as well as the junior program coordinator. She teachers one of the largest junior programs in the North Florida area hosting nearly 30 juniors starting from as young as 5 years old to 18 years of age. She competes with her students in the Professional/Amateur division in the American style Rhythm and Smooth but also teaches and competes with them in International Latin and Standard styles as well.

Professionally she competes with her professional partner, William Brand, owner and operator of Dance Center International in Orange Park, FL in both the Professional rising-star and Professional open divisions in the American Rhythm style of ballroom dancing. Together they have been made finalist for the Boca Ballroom Dancesport Competition in 2020 & 2022, Grand National Championships in 2020 and the Eastern United States Dancesport Championships in 2021.


 Faith Powell

Vocal Exploration Instructor & Training Choir Conductor

Faith Powell, a JCC Alum and Jacksonville Native, is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Music Education from the University of North Florida with a concentration in Choral Music. She graduated from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in 2019 as a voice major with a vocal music seal.

In her youth, she was a member of the Concert and Touring Choirs here at the Jacksonville Children's Chorus, where she traveled worldwide singing in countries such as Canada, Russia, Sweden, Germany and more. She was also given the opportunity to sing alongside stars like Kristen Chenoweth and Amy Grant.

Most recently, she has sung with Voices of Jacksonville and UNF’s Osprey Treble Chorus. She has taught private Voice, Piano and Ukulele at Jacksonville School of Music since 2021. Faith is passionate about making beautiful music and teaching the next generation to do the same. She is thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful team here at JCC.

 Jessye Russom

First Steps In Music Instructor

Jessye Russom grew up taking violin, voice, piano, and viola lessons and has always known music was her passion. She began teaching private lessons part-time in 2015, and after graduating from the University of North Florida with her bachelor's degree in Viola Performance in 2018, she began building her career as a full-time private music teacher. She and her husband both teach violin, viola, cello, and piano to children of all ages. On the weekends, Jessye is a freelance musician and performs viola in trios and quartets at weddings and other special events. She is a substitute violist with the Jacksonville Symphony, and the Venice Symphony in south Florida.

Jessye has been teaching a First Steps Music class with the Jacksonville Children's Chorus since the spring of 2022. She got her first job as a preschool music teacher with the Goddard School of Ponte Vedra in 2020, and loves sharing the joy of music with preschoolers.

“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, JCC Alum

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

Wali Gomes, JCC Parent

“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

“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