President & Artistic Director
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Darren Dailey is celebrating his eleventh season in Jacksonville, where he has been shaping The Jacksonville Children’s Chorus into a world-class organization. Under his artistic leadership the Chorus has grown to serve over 500 First Coast children annually with five core performance choirs, multiple satellite rehearsal locations and outreach throughout the region. He has introduced Chorus singers and their audiences to innovative and renowned guest artists and he has broadened The Chorus’ opportunities including performance tours in Italy, Greece, Ireland, northern Europe, Canada, Maine, the Southeastern United States, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.
A nationally-recognized clinician and conductor, Mr. Dailey has served as guest conductor in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center and at the ACDA Honor Choir in Seattle. He has presented workshops for the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, Organization of Kodály Educators, American Choral Directors Association, Music Educator’s National Conference, and many universities. As the founding artistic director of the Boston Children’s Chorus, Mr. Dailey and his chorus performed at the 2004 Democratic Convention, appeared as the host chorus on the television special, “Raising the Roof: A Celebration of the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Song,” broadcast nationally on WGN, and performed internationally in Japan. He is the 2014 recipient of the Reinhold Foundation Outstanding Executive Director Award.
Mr. Dailey has produced four recordings: “Come and Rejoice” (Cantate), “Sing!” (Boston Children’s Chorus) and “Voices for Voices” (Jacksonville Children’s Chorus). His work may also be heard on “A Boston Christmas” (Back Bay Chorale), “Building Bridges” (Mystic Chorale) and “Amani Celebration,” a limited-edition compact disc of holiday songs from 15 children’s choirs to benefit African children who have been orphaned because of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Mr. Dailey received a Bachelor of Music Education degree with a concentration in Voice from Westminster Choir College and a Master of Music Education in Choral Conducting from Appalachian State University’s Hayes School of Music. Mr. Dailey is also trained in Kindermusik.