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 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Choirs under her direction have performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and across the Northeast, including an invited performance at the National Collegiate Choral Organization Conference in 2019. 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.

Passionate about conductor education, Caron founded the Halifax Choral Conducting Institute in 2013, a summer training program that attracts conductors from across North America. In 2017, the HCCI featured the Elmer Iseler Singers as Choir-in-Residence. In 2019, the HCCI inaugurated a Women’s Conducting Institute, the first of its kind in Canada, and garnered national media coverage.

A certified Dalcroze Eurhythmics teacher, Caron frequently lectures on the sound-gesture relationship in choral conducting, and 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, and upcoming in Journal of Singing. Her current research study bridges the fields of speech-language pathology and choral conducting to investigate how hand gestures can be used to teach German phonemes for singing. 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 President of the American Choral Directors Association of Pennsylvania.

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

Timothy Heavner is thrilled to be returning to the Jr. Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh as Accompanist for the 2019-2020 Season; he previously worked with the Junior Mendelssohn Choir as the Assistant Conductor and Bass Section Leader. He has been a professional core singer and soloist for the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and now serves as their accompanist. Mr. Heavner is the Chorus Director at Sewickley Academy and currently serves as the Music Director and Organist at the Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon.

Mr. Heavner had an extensive career as a performer and educator in New York City, including serving as a choral teacher at Friends Seminary, the Allen-Stevenson school, and the Manhattan School of Music, as well as Accompanist and Assistant Conductor of the Hudson Chorale. He also appeared with the West Village Chorale as a guest conductor, singer, accompanist, and percussionist.

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 holds a degree in Piano Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and has pursued graduate studies in Vocal Accompanying at the Manhattan School of Music. He currently resides in Baden with his wife, Rina, two musical sons, and fearsome beasts, Wampa and Lucy.