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.
Dr. Caron Daley, Music Director, Junior Mendelssohn Choir
Caron Daley is Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music 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. She is also Founder and Artistic Director of the Halifax Choral Conducting Institute, a summer training program for choral conductors, and Music Director of the Junior Mendelssohn Choir, the youth branch of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh.
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. In demand as a guest conductor and clinician, she regularly conducts State, Regional, District, and Provincial festival choirs and has presented workshops at national and international conferences.
A certified Dalcroze Eurhythmics practitioner, Caron’s 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. In 2019, she begins a funded research study on the use of manual mimicry gestures in the teaching of German diction in higher education-based vocal training with speech-language pathologist, Dr. Heather Rusiewicz-Leavy. Caron is published in Anacrusis, Being Music, Canadian Music Educator, Research Memorandum Series of Chorus America, Teaching Music through Performance in Choir, Vol. 4 and 5 (upcoming), and Choral Journal.
Caron is also active as a solo and choral singer and has performed 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. in Choral Conducting from the University of Toronto, an M.M. in Choral Conducting and M.A. in Vocal Pedagogy from The Ohio State University, an Artist Diploma in Voice and B.M. in Music Education from Western University, and an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Canada Diploma in Voice.
An active member of the American Choral Directors Association, Caron is President-Elect of ACDA-Pennsylvania.
Caron lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband, baby, and cat. She maintains a busy conducting studio for local conductors and teaches conducting online to students from around the world.
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.
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.
Trevor Ward, Tenor Faculty, Junior Mendelssohn Choir
Trevor Ward is a Junior at Duquesne University studying Music Education. He is from Troy Pennsylvania where he attended Troy Jr./Sr. High School. His other musical activities include singing at Trinity Episcopal Church as a choral scholar and singing in the Duquesne Voices of Spirit. He is humbled to have the opportunity to teach the talented young singers of the Junior Mendelssohn Choir.
Samuel Froehlich, Bass Faculty, Junior Mendelssohn Choir
Uliana Kozhevnikova, Accompanist, Junior Mendelssohn Choir
Uliana Kozhevnikova is a professional musician and an aspiring social entrepreneur. She has been working as a pianist, vocal coach, and assistant director for opera companies in Europe and the United States. Ms. Kozhevnikova’s first social project, the Russian Language Center, opened in September 2014. The mission of the center is to provide an opportunity for children born outside of Russia to master spoken and written Russian, and to learn about their cultural heritage. Currently, she teaches at the Preparatory School at Carnegie Mellon University and serves on the board of directors of Resonance Works | Pittsburgh. It is Ms. Kozhevnikova’s second season with the Junior Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh.