Steven Edwards, Music Director

10452383_10205807626093876_5607307505664047375_nSteven Edwards is Music Director of Symphony Chorus of New Orleans. Since 1990, he has prepared or conducted hundreds of concerts for the New Orleans Symphony, and its successor, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Under his leadership, SCNO has enjoyed critical acclaim for the quality and variety of its self-produced programs, earning numerous Gambit Magazine “Tribute to the Classical Arts” awards, and recognition at the 2009 Community Arts Awards by the Arts Council of New Orleans. Edwards also serves as Professor of Music and Director of the Honors Program at Delgado Community College. He maintains an active schedule as guest conductor of opera and musical theater, and as pianist in vocal recitals and instrumental chamber music.

Karen Jakiela, Assistant Music Director

Karen Jakiela has sung with the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans since 1991, and has served as Assistant Music Director since 1998. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy degree from Loyola University of New Orleans and a Master of Music degree in Music Theory and Composition from the University of New Mexico.

She was Music Director at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Ruston, La. and directed the Schola Cantorum there for twelve years. Karen taught Beginning Chorus at Ursuline Academy High School in New Orleans for five years and was the accompanist for the Advanced Chorus for twenty-one years. The Ursuline Chorus, under her direction was featured on the CD and DVD of A Creole Mass, by Wardell Quesergue along with the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans. Karen has accompanied the Ursuline Chorus in concerts in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Rome, Montecassino, Salzburg and Prague.

Karen is retired from teaching, and now devotes her time and efforts to the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans.

Jodee Daroca, Financial Director

Jodee Daroca is certified public accountant and has Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Louisiana State University.  Jodee has more than 30 years experience in accounting and finance and is currently the Vice President/Chief Financial Officer of Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana, Inc.  Jodee has been a member of Symphony Chorus of New Orleans for 10 years.

Michael Grumich, Administrative Director

Mike GrumichMichael Grumich, Administrative Director for Symphony Chorus of New Orleans, took this position in 2016. Born in St. Louis, MO, Michael fell in love with music early in his life and sang with choirs ever since.

He was a Math major; Physics minor, teaching four years  in TX and MO. Earning an MA in Mathematics from LSU, in 1973 moved to New Orleans to work at South Central Bell and ultimately Entergy, where he was an analyst for 34 years, retiring in 2015.

Other interests include family genealogy, including documenting family lore that Daniel Boone came to MO and is indeed his maternal 6th great-grandfather. His volunteer activities include 10 years of mentoring high school men, singing with Symphony Chorus of New Orleans,  and on JCC Membership Committee.