Diane Jones, Artistic Director Emeritus
Diane Jones is a co-founder of the Chorus and at various times, has served as director of each of the performing groups. In addition to her current role as Artistic Director, she has also been an accompanist. Diane has an MLA from Western Maryland College and a BME from Houghton College. Her professional experience includes 25 years in music education at both the high school and elementary levels in New York and Maryland. Mrs. Jones maintains an active private piano studio. She is a member of ACDA, CCMTA, and MTNA, and enjoys a variety of collaborative musical experiences as an accompanist, pianist, and choral director. Her responsibilities include oversight of the Children’s Chorus of Carroll County organization and directing the Bel Canto I choir.
Under her leadership, Voce Viaggio performed in Estonia, Finland, and Sweden (2004), participated in the “12th International Children’s Choir Festival” in Oxford, Canterbury, and London (2008), and “The Children’s Choir Festival at Canterbury Cathedral & London” (2011). She and three Chorus members also participated in the “Estonian Song Festival” in July of 2009. As co-directors of Voce Viaggio, she and Ms. Morgan led students who participated in the “Austrian Choral Festival with Henry Leck” in 2014. In June 2015, their BC groups performed in the Manhattan Concert Production’s National Children’s Festival Chorus, which culminated in a gala event at Carnegie Hall.
Jenna Lebherz Daly, Artistic Director
Jenna Daly first sang with the Frederick Children’s Chorus from 5th-12th grade and fell in love with the unique silvery sound of a children’s choir. After high school, she went on to Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ to earn Bachelor’s degrees in Music Education and Vocal Performance. She then earned a Master’s in Opera Performance with University of Maryland’s Opera Studio. Mrs. Daly has performed in many states and venues, and she continues to be active in the opera world as a mezzo-soprano, singing for opera companies and orchestras. Currently, she teaches the Lower School Music Program (Pre-K through 5th grade) at Gerstell Academy in Finksburg, MD. She thoroughly loves working with children and keeping music alive through their voices.
Singing has always been Mrs. Hare’s favorite thing. The choirs and musical productions at North Carroll High School inspired her to pursue a music and voice degree, even though she had no formal training. After graduating from the University of Southern Maine, Mrs. Hare taught elementary music for 28 years in Carroll County and is in her 11th year teaching Family Music classes. She has performed locally with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Masterworks Chorale, Bel Canto Singers, Glyndon Area Players, York Little Theater, September Song, Theatre on the Hill and with the music ministry of Cornerstone Church. Her teaching motto is, “Music in life, for life.”
Catherine Rudd is very excited to be teaching toddler music. A graduate of Towson University, she currently works as the vocal and general music teacher at Cranberry Station Elementary School in Westminster. She also serves as the Children’s Musician in Residence at Holy Apostles Church in Arbutus, Maryland. In the past, she has directed and music-directed children’s musicals that The Arts Coming Together in Carroll County (TACTICC). She has also music directed at the Carroll Arts Center. She is looking forward to working with the toddler music program!
Judith Guynn received her BA degree from Washington College, in Chestertown, MD. During 1976-1977, she taught English literature and music at Hope Waddell School for Boys in Calabar, Nigeria. While teaching grades 3-8 at Taneytown Elementary, her 4th through 8th grade choir was invited by Baltimore mayors Schaeffer and Burns to sing at City Hall for the Mitten Tree Ceremony. She taught for 38 years at Northwest Middle School as the general music and choral director. There she produced and directed 28 musicals, was Team Leader for Unified Arts, and in 1992, was awarded The Outstanding Teacher of the Year.
Rachel Morgan directs Cantare Bel Canto II and conducts the combined Cantare Bel Canto choirs. Under her leadership, the choir has won numerous awards at choral festivals and adjudications. As co-directors of Voce Viaggio, she and Mrs. Jones led students to participate in the “Austrian Choral Festival with Henry Leck” in 2014, where they performed in Vienna, Salzburg, and Prague. Currently, Ms. Morgan is the Choral Music Teacher at North Carroll Middle School, after having served 9 years as the Lead Music Teacher at William Winchester Elementary. Ms. Morgan is also the Artistic Director and Mentor Teacher of Lamplight Artists’ “All About Kids Productions” and has worked on special projects with Lamplight as a performer/composer/clinician at state and national levels. In addition, Ms. Morgan volunteers as both a vocalist and keyboardist at LifePoint Church, and she has studied African hand drumming. Ms. Morgan holds a Master’s of Music degree in Music Education from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD) and a Bachelor’s of Music Education from Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL).
Joann Long Benson
Joann Long Benson, Accompanist and Instructor of Basic Skills, is a graduate of Mansfield University of PA with a degree in piano performance, and has completed a Master’s of Music Education at Towson University. She has been a general music teacher in the Carroll County Public School system for 19 years, most recently at Sandymount Elementary School. Mrs. Benson also has accompanied the Music and Drama departments at Carroll Community College and McDaniel College. For the past 2 summers, Mrs. Benson has been employed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, designing lessons to support their Youth Concert series.