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Kinne JU Scholarship

THE KINNE SCHOLARSHIP 

The Kinne Scholarship, beginning in the 2018-19 school year, named in honor of Dr. Frances Kinne, will further the mission of the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus by Supporting up to two (2) academically and musically gifted alumni of the JCC with a four-year, full tuition scholarship to Jacksonville University.  Dr. Kinne has been a dear friend and benefactor of Jacksonville University for over 40 years.  She first served JU in a unique capacity as the founding Dean of the College of Fine Arts in 1961. Since then, she has dedicated an enormous amount of her time, service, and support to JU, and in doing so, has been instrumental in building the Jacksonville University we know and love. Dr. Kinne’s leadership includes serving as University President for 10 years, and ultimately being named the University’s first Chancellor, and later Chancellor Emeritus.

The Jacksonville Children’s Chorus (JCC) was founded in 1995 at Jacksonville University to fill a need for a children’s music program in the area.  Led by Dr. Frances B. Kinne, then Jacksonville University President, the plan to create a local choir was implemented by Dr. Jon O. Carlson and Jim Taylor, who served as the first conductor.  In that first year, JCC had only 16 voices.  Since then, it has grown to a membership of more than 450 singers participating in five choirs.  This year, more than 35% of the singers receive either partial or full scholarships.  From 16 singers in 1995, JCC has developed into one of Jacksonville’s most important providers of music education, enriching the lives of singers and audiences across the region. 

Up to two (2) scholarships may be awarded each year. 

Qualification and Application Requirements:

  • JCC Artistic Staff talent recommendation
  • Current JCC Touring Choir member for three or more years, must complete all seasons
  • Must apply to JU and the Honors Program and be accepted to both (see JU for qualifications https://www.ju.edu/honors/apply.php
  • Participation in two JU choral ensembles per semester (by placement)
  • A minimum of 12 volunteer hours at the JCC each semester

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“The JCC is more than just a chorus; it is truly a life-changing experience. The Chorus has opened me to new experiences, provided me with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and helped me discover singing is not just one of my interests but rather a lifelong passion.”

Emma, 17, Touring and Concert Choirs

“The Chorus expands your musical horizons and helps you grow as a person. You are surrounded with other young people who have something in common…their love of music. I have learned that music does, indeed, bring people and cultures together. The music we sing brings people hope for a better future of understanding and cooperation.”

Jasmine, 16, Touring and Concert Choirs

“Music is such a valuable part of life. The way it enriches one’s life and encourages creativity, I do not believe anything else can do as much. We in Jacksonville are certainly blessed to have the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus.”

Scott C. Snyder, President, Compass Consulting Group

“Music plays a major role in the full development of a child. Not only does it enrich lives, it also serves as a pathway for students to express themselves and explore new ways to communicate with others. For 20 years, kudos to the JCC for molding the lives of young artists, and I look forward to the next 20 years.”

Tim Cost, President, Jacksonville University

“Through music and your leadership, these children learn to perform in different languages while experiencing the diversity of an array of world cultures. The understanding they gain will serve them well as they enter adulthood.”

R. Randall Onstead, former President/CEO of Winn-Dixie