Summer Staff


Jennifer BlackwellJennifer Blackwell, Publicity Coordinator
This is Jennifer’s first year working for Arcady. As a professional musician and educator, she is a firm believer in the mentorship model used in Arcady to teach young people to love music and singing. Her work with Arcady includes retaining advertising clients and securing new ones, fundraising, grant writing, and many other tasks. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education with a minor in Philosophy from the University of Western Ontario, and is currently pursuing concurrent masters degrees in Saxophone Performance and Music Education at Central Michigan University. She is director of CMU’s New Music Ensemble, and performs in the Blackwater Duo with saxophonist Nicholas Anderson. For more information on Jennifer, you can visit: If you or someone you know is interested in sponsoring Arcady, you can contact Jennifer at:

EliseNaccaratoElise Naccarato, Personal Assistant to Ronald Beckett
This is Elise’s second year working and singing with Arcady! Elise recently finished her second year of music at McMaster University and is looking forward to starting her third year. She has sung and worked with the Hamilton Children’s Choir for the past 5 years, sang with her local church choir, and has been a guest soloist for the Canadian Orpheus Male Choir. She is very excited to be a new member of Arcady! Elise said, “It is such a joy for me to work with young, aspiring musicians and especially to be working with the Arcady Youth Choir! I am looking forward to a wonderful summer with everyone at Arcady!”