Carol Jeckavitch, a native of Johnstown, PA, has sung with Capriccio Columbus since 2013 and became its music librarian in 2014.
Carol is a retired music educator, directing choral activities at Salem High School, in Salem, Ohio for 30 years before retiring to Columbus with husband and fellow Capriccio member, Jeff, to be nearer to their children and grandchildren.
Ellen Moore Griffin
Ellen Moore Griffin has been a member of Capriccio Columbus since 2009, serving as board secretary before assuming her current role as Managing Director, overseeing all administrative aspects of managing the chorus, including internal and external communications, scheduling, grant writing, program design and layout, and website management.
Mrs. Griffin, a Columbus native and graduate of Groveport-Madison High School, holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ohio University. She has extensive administrative management experience in the arts (Players Theatre Columbus) and government (Governor Celeste’s office and the Ohio Building Authority). In 1992, she was hired as the assistant director of Community Crime Patrol, a local, non-profit, crime prevention organization based in the University District, and assumed the executive director position in 2001.
BRIANNA BIZZARO graduated from Ohio Northern University with a Bachelor of Music Education and holds a Master’s Degree in Library Science from Clarion University. Bizzaro’s prior teaching experiences include a student teaching placement in Valencia, Spain, three and a half years at and International Baccalaureate School in Columbia, SC, and three years teaching 7th & 8th grade choirs in Mansfield, OH. She is currently the Head of the Choral Department at Marysville Exempted School District where she directs 4 ensembles, assists the middle school in both choir and show choir, and is the Musical Director for the High School Musicals. She is an active member of Ohio Music Education Association, Ohio Choral Directors Association, and American Choral Directors Association.
Dr. Collin Richardson
Most recently, Collin Richardson served as University Organist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Music at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia where he taught organ, piano, music theory, piano methods and accompanied the university choral ensembles. A native of Cincinnati, Mr. Richardson earned the Bachelor of Arts Degree in music at Morehouse College in Atlanta. Collin continued his music studies in earning the Master of Music Degree in Organ Performance from Emory University and the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Organ Performance with additional studies in piano pedagogy from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. He currently serves as director of choral activities at Linden-McKinley High School in Columbus.
Karrie Horton has earned a reputation as an extremely versatile vocal performer, conductor and educator. She has served as director of vocal music at New Albany High School for the past 22 years and musical theater vocal coach at St. Charles Preparatory School since 1991.
Horton is familiar to many in Columbus as soprano soloist at St. Joseph Cathedral, former director of Worthington Songsters, and lead singer for Buckeye Brass, a jazz band. She has performed with Opera Columbus, backed up Celine Dion and Gladys Knight and sung commercial jingles.
A member of the Ohio Music Education Association and the Ohio Choral Directors Association, Horton earned her master’s degree from VanderCook College of Music and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Ohio State University. She has continued with graduate work in Theatre Education at Akron University.
Larry Griffin is well known and widely respected among Central Ohio’s music educators and conductors. From 1991 until his retirement in 2013, he was director of choral music at Worthington Kilbourne High School. He formerly led the St Charles Preparatory School’s men’s ensemble and the Mansfield Symphony Chorus. He currently teaches voice privately in his home studio and serves as music director for Opera Columbus’ “The Journey”.
A past president of the Ohio Music Education Association, Griffin has served in many OMEA events as an adjudicator, director of honors choir festivals and clinician. In 2005, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra presented him with the Secondary School Music Educator Award.
From 2001 to 2003, Griffin directed Vaud-Villities. He has served a number of Greater Columbus churches as a choral director and soloist.
Griffin holds a Master of Music degree from The Ohio State University, where he studied conducting with Hilary Apfelstadt. He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Eastern Kentucky University, and has done graduate work at Ohio State and Wright State University.
Evan T. McIntyre holds a Master of Music in Music Education from Capital University, and his Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Otterbein University. He has his Kodály Certification from the Kodály Institute at Capital University and his Orff-Schulwerk Levels 1 and 2 from Baldwin Wallace University. He is currently working on his Doctorate of Philosophy in Music Education at The Ohio State University. McIntyre currently teaches general music at McVay Elementary School in the Westerville City Schools, where he was named 2014-2015 Educator of the Year, and serves as the children’s music director at New Albany United Methodist Church.
Kristen Jarzecki is in her 21st year of teaching elementary music education. Kristen teaches K-5 general music and choir at Evening Street Elementary in Worthington City Schools. Mrs. Jarzecki received her bachelor’s degree in music education from Otterbein University and her master’s degree in music education from Capital University. She mentors student teachers and students in music methods classes from The Ohio State University, Otterbein University, and Muskingum University. Mrs. Jarzecki also sings locally in community theatre, concerts, weddings, and churches.
In 2019, Mrs. Jarzecki was the guest clinician for the Craven County Schools Children’s Honor’s Choir of 150 singers in New Bern, North Carolina. Some of her ideas are published in a book called, “Puttin’ on the Kidz” by Michael and Jill Gallina. Her favorite part about being a music teacher is teaching the joy of singing and music making.
Alyson Bates has extensive experience with youth choirs. She taught vocal and instrumental music in Switzerland of Ohio Local, Groveport Madison Local, and Worthington City school districts and served as a staff member of Kinderchor of Ohio and Con Brio Children and Youth Choirs. A member of the Ohio Music Education Association and the Ohio Choral Directors Association, she currently also is the vocal director for Worthington Kilbourne High School musicals. Bates holds a master’s degree in Education Administration from Ashland University and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Otterbein University.