Treble Choir Conductor
Melissa Barnes has served many different roles with the JCC Artistic Staff over the past decade. In 2006 she began her career with the JCC as the inaugural Training Choir Conductor and has also served as Vocal Exploration Instructor and Lyric Choir Conductor. Melissa was also Mr. Dailey’s Assistant Conductor for our upper choirs, and Treble 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 music to students of all ages from preschool to adults in both private studio and school settings. Melissa still 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
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.
VIRGINIA BARNETT DICKERT
Primary & Treble 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!
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.
MILLICENT "Penny" SYLVESTER
Vocal Exploration Instructor & Training Choir Conductor
Since 2014 M. Penny Sylvester has served in the capacity of Vocal Exploration Instructor, Lyric Chorus Director, Assistant Concert and Touring Chorus Director and Opera Chorus Director in preparation for Hansel and Gretel with the Jacksonville Symphony. Ms. Sylvester received her master’s in Music Education (choral emphasis) from Florida State University, and a B.S. in Music Education from the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana). She has an extensive background in music education which includes serving as an in-school conductor for the Chicago Children’s Choir and Section leader for the Chicago Symphony’s community outreach program.
Ms. Sylvester has training in Orff, Kodaly and World Music Drumming. She is presently a music educator with Duval County Public Schools and has taught music from elementary through high school levels in both public and private schools. 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.