Junior Mendelssohn Staff & Faculty

Junior Mendelssohn singers are instructed in vocal technique by the Music Director, as well as mentored by voice faculty.  This allows students to interact with trained vocalists, and allows a student-faculty ratio of 7-1 or less.

+Music Director: Dr. Caron Daley
Dr. Caron Daley, Music Director, Junior Mendelssohn Choir

Caron Daley is Director of Choral Activities at the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, where she conducts the Voices of Spirit and Pappert Chorale and teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting. Choirs under her direction have performed across the Northeast, including an invited performance at the 2019 National Collegiate Choral Organization Conference. A native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, she has held past conducting appointments with the University of Toronto, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, National Youth Choir of Canada, Salem Academy and College, and St. Michael’s Choir School.

Caron’s research explores the application of embodied practices to choral and conductor pedagogy. She is published in Anacrusis, Canadian Music Educator, Research Memorandum Series of Chorus America, Teaching Music through Performance in Choir Vol. 4 and Vol. 5, Choral Journal, Journal of Singing, and The Choral Scholar. Her current research studies investigate (1) the impact of hand gestures on the learning and retention of non-native phonemes for singing and (2) injury prevention strategies and curricular implications in conducting.

Caron holds a D.M.A. (Choral Conducting) from the University of Toronto, an M.M. (Choral Conducting) and M.A. (Vocal Pedagogy) from The Ohio State University, an Artist Diploma (Voice) and B.M. (Music Education) from Western University, and an A.R.C.T (Voice) from the Royal Conservatory of Canada. She currently serves as National Chair for Collegiate Repertoire and Resources for the American Choral Directors Association and Past-President of the American Choral Directors Association of Pennsylvania.

Passionate about conductor education, Caron founded the Halifax Choral Conducting Institute in 2013, a summer training program that attracted participants and clinicians internationally. In 2019, the HCCI inaugurated a Women’s Conducting Intensive, the first of its kind in Canada. In July 2021, Caron led a new conducting program at Duquesne, Choral Kaleidoscope, in collaboration with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh.

+Assistant Conductor: Julianna Grabowski
Julianna Grabowski, Assistant Conductor, Soprano and Alto Section Leader, Junior Mendelssohn Choir

Julianna Grabowski is a conductor, music educator, soprano and pianist from Syracuse, New York. She studied both voice and piano at SUNY Fredonia, where she received her B.M. in Music Education and a B.M. in Performance. She also obtained her M.M in Vocal Performance from Duquesne University and served as the Graduate Assistant in Duquesne’s choral department. As a professional soprano, Julianna has performed with Finger Lakes Opera as a Young Artist, the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, the Lake Junaluska Singers in North Carolina, and The Dukes Music in Pittsburgh. She has also worked as a collaborative pianist at public schools and universities across the states of New York and Pennsylvania. Currently, Julianna is a Teaching Artist with New Groove Music Studio in Pittsburgh where she provides lessons in both voice and piano. She is also the Choral Assistant at Duquesne University and the Director of Pittsburgh Girls Choir’s adult ensemble, Women of Song.

+Tenor and Bass Section Leader: Samuel Froehlich
Samuel Froehlich, Tenor and Bass Section Leader, Junior Mendelssohn Choir

Samuel Froehlich is a conductor, bass-baritone, and music educator from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He studied music education with a concentration in voice at Duquesne University, where he received his B.S. in K-12 Music Education. Mr. Froehlich is an elementary general music, chorus, and band director with the Canon-McMillan School District in Washington County. As a professional chorister, Mr. Froehlich performs as a core member of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, as well as with other local arts organizations including Resonance Works | Pittsburgh and Voces Solis. This is his third season with the Junior Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, and he is thrilled to be back making music with such dedicated students.

+Accompanist: Timothy Heavner
Timothy Heavner, Accompanist, Junior Mendelssohn Choir

Timothy Heavner moved to Pittsburgh in the fall of 2012 to accept a teaching position as the Choral Teacher at Sewickley Academy, and he is now in his second year as the Band Director. Over the past nine years, Mr. Heavner has worked extensively with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh as a singer in the professional core, accompanist, and rehearsal assistant; he was the Assistant Conductor of the Jr. Mendelssohn Choir for four seasons, and he is thrilled to be serving in his second season as the accompanist. He currently serves as the Music Director and Organist at the Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon.

Mr. Heavner moved to Pittsburgh from New York City, where he maintained a busy career performing and teaching for over eleven years. He taught as a choral director at Friends Seminary, the Allen-Stevenson school, and the Manhattan School of Music, and he served as the Accompanist and Assistant Conductor of the Hudson Chorale and has appeared with the West Village Chorale as a guest conductor, singer, accompanist, and percussionist. As well, Mr. Heavner was active as an accompanist and vocal coach for auditions, recitals, and masterclasses.

Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, Mr. Heavner has worked as an accompanist and assistant conductor for the Anchorage Concert Chorus, the Alaska Chamber Singers, the Alaska Festival Chorus, and the University of Alaska’s Jazz Singers and University Singers. Mr. Heavner was the Chorus Master, Assistant Conductor, and Man-of-Many-Hats for Anchorage Opera for over ten seasons.

Mr. Heavner has helped prepare choruses for Fiora Contino, Manfred Honeck, Karen Keltner, Mstislav Rostropovich, Gerald Steichen, and Stephen Sulich, and he has performed in masterclasses with Stephanie Blythe, David Daniels, Peter Eldridge, Lauren Flanigan, Jerome Hines, Warren Jones, Martin Katz, Catherine Malfitano, Richard Miller, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Dave Samuels, Janis Siegel, Carol Wincenc, and Brian Zeger.

Mr. Heavner holds a degree in Piano Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Peter Takács and David Breitman; as a student, he served as Choral Assistant for both the Oberlin College Choir and the Musical Union under Hugh Ferguson Floyd. Mr. Heavner has pursued graduate studies in Vocal Accompanying at the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Ken Merrill.