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 is the Chair of the Music Department and 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, director, musique joyeuse; Instructor, Toddler Family Music Classes, is a graduate of Towson University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. She has been teaching at Cranberry Station Elementary School for five years, serving as the general music teacher and choir director. She also serves as the children’s musician in residence at Holy Apostle’s Church in Arbutus, MD. Mrs. Rudd has previously worked as a music director and theatrical director at The Arts Coming Together in Carroll County, as well as Camp Nicolet for Girls in Eagle River, WI.
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 Im
Rachel Morgan Im directs Cantare Bel Canto II. Since joining CCCC in 2010, she has led the combined Cantare Bel Canto choirs to win numerous awards at choral festivals and adjudications and has co-directed touring ensembles that have performed in prestigious venues, such as Carnegie Hall in New York City, St. Louis’ Cathedral in New Orleans, and major concert halls and cathedrals in Europe. In 2018, Ms. Im joined the faculty at Gerstell Academy as the Director of Choral Music for Middle and Upper Schools. She is also a freelance conductor, teacher, and performer. Previously, she worked for thirteen years as a music teacher in Carroll County Public Schools, where she was a recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award from the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce and a Finalist for Carroll County Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year 2015. Ms. Im holds a Master of Music degree in Music Education from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD) and a Bachelor of Music Education from Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL). Additionally, Ms. Im has completed extensive masters-level coursework centered on world folk art, music, and dance at McDaniel College (Westminster, MD) and has studied West African hand drumming and Lindy Hop swing dancing.
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.