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, Assistant Professor of Music, and Ensembles Coordinator at the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University where she conducts the Voices of Spirit, Pappert Women’s Chorale, and University Singers, and teaches undergraduate and graduate choral conducting.

A native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Caron has held past conducting appointments with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, University of Toronto, Trinity Western University, Dalhousie University, National Youth Choir of Canada, Salem Academy and College, and St. Michael’s Choir School. Other conducting highlights include the Luminato Festival, National Youth Choir of Canada, Festival Ensemble of International Bachakademie, College Light Opera Company, Maritime Concert Opera Company, Greensboro Opera, and All-State, District, and Provincial Honor Choirs.

A certified Dalcroze Eurhythmics practitioner, Caron regularly lectures on the sound-gesture relationship in choral conducting, and has presented research at Choral Canada’s Podium Conference, Festival 500 Phenomenon of Singing, Dalcroze USA’s National Conference, the International Coalition of Boys Schools Conference, the 46th Annual Voice Symposium – Care of the Professional Voice, the International Conference of Dalcroze Studies, and in 2018, the American Choral Directors Association Eastern Division Conference, 3rd Congreso Coral Argentino in Tandil, Argentina, and the Oxford Conducting Institute International Conducting Studies Conference. Her current research explores the effects of hand movements on vocal articulation, the use of Dalcroze Eurhythmics in conducting pedagogy, and the teaching of women conductors.

Caron is published in Anacrusis, Canadian Music Educator, Research Memorandum Series of Chorus America, Teaching Music through Performance in Choir, Vol. 4, and Choral Journal. She authors “Podium Perspectives”, a column in Choral Canada’s Anacrusis that explores topics in conductor leadership.

An active member of the American Choral Directors Association, Caron is President-Elect of ACDA-Pennsylvania. In 2017, she was a Fellow of the International Conductors Exchange Program to Argentina.

Caron is also active as a solo and choral singer. In 2017, she presented a faculty recital at Duquesne University featuring music by Bach, Barber, and repertoire for soprano and Javanese gamelan. Caron has previously sung with Voces Solis, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Symphony Nova Scotia, Halifax Camerata, Bel Canto Company, North Carolina Symphony, North Carolina Master Chorale and Chamber Choir, Columbus Bach Ensemble, Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Festival Ensemble of the European Music Festival, and the National Youth Choir of Canada.

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 Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Canada Diploma (Voice).

A passionate advocate for conductor education, Caron founded the Halifax Choral Conducting Institute in 2013.

+Assistant Conductor and Soprano Faculty: Julianna Grabowski
Julianna Grabowski, Assistant Conductor and Soprano Faculty, Junior Mendelssohn Choir

Julianna Grabowski is excited to work with the Junior Mendelssohn Choir as the assistant conductor and the soprano section leader. She is a 2017 graduate of the State University of New York at Fredonia with degrees in vocal performance and music education with a concentration in piano. Ms. Grabowski’s professional credits include her solo performances with the Western New York Chamber Orchestra in their 2016 Holiday Pops concert and 2018 Mr. Tambourine Man concert. For the past two summers, Ms. Grabowski has worked professionally as a Lake Junaluska Singer at the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center in western North Carolina. She has also worked as a collaborative pianist both in public schools and at the collegiate level. Ms. Grabowski is currently a first-year graduate student at Duquesne University and is pursuing a degree in vocal performance.

+Alto Faculty: Ellen Perkins
Ellen Perkins, Alto Faculty, Junior Mendelssohn Choir

Ellen Perkins is excited to be working with the Junior Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh as the alto section leader. Ms. Perkins has previously performed with many ensembles including the All-Eastern and All-National Choir Ensembles in Rhode Island, Tennessee, Germany, Hungary, Austria, and the Czech Republic. For the past two years, she has worked with Duquesne’s Red Masquers as both the Music Director and as a pit musician. Ms. Perkins is currently in her fourth year at Duquesne University working towards her Bachelor of Science in Music Education degree with a concentration in voice.

+Tenor Faculty: Trevor Ward
Trevor Ward, Tenor Faculty, Junior Mendelssohn Choir


+Bass Faculty: Samuel Froehlich
Samuel Froehlich, Bass Faculty, Junior Mendelssohn Choir


+Accompanist: Uliana Kozhevnikova
Uliana Kozhevnikova, Accompanist, Junior Mendelssohn Choir