Guest Conductor

Rainshadow Chorale welcomes Jolene Dalton Gailey as our interim conductor for Spring of 2022! Ms. Gailey recently retired after 35 years as a public school educator and she and her husband, Douglas, own and teach in the Gailey Music Studio in Port Angeles. She began her career in Utah. She has taught 26 of the 35 years at Port Angeles High School. In her tenure, she has taught Drama, Spanish, Color Guard, Dance Team, A. P. Music Theory, Musical Theater and Choir. Jolene holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Weber State University and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Utah.

During her career, she has had an immeasurable impact on the lives of thousands of students. Her vision, creativity, and drive to achieve excellence has been realized in a multitude of exceptional experiences. Highlights include performances at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, the Utah Music Educators annual conference, the Northwest Music Educators Biennial conference, main stage performances at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival (winning 4 times) as well as a tour to Beijing and Tangshan, China. As a performer, Ms. Gailey has sung in concert with the legendary jazz artist, Karrin Allyson.

Awards include Utah Music Educators Association Rookie of the Year, the North Olympic Outstanding Music Educator, Quarter Finalist for the Grammy Music Educator of the Year award, and Educator of the Year in the Jordan School District 3 times. In February, 2022, Jolene will be the guest conductor of the Washington State Music Educators All-State Jr. Women’s Choir.

In addition to her work as a musician, Jolene also owns and operates Knitworthy Designs, a knitwear company. She and her husband love to travel having been to 4 continents. They have a goal of traveling to all seven continents (Covid willing!). Jolene and Doug enjoy spending their lives with their children, Justin, Joshua and Monica.