River City Choral Festival & Camp

Monday, June 25-Friday, June 29, 2018

The Jacksonville Children’s Chorus is excited to announce our new national invitational choral music festival and summer camp program, River City Choral Festival and Camp. A fun-filled week of music, choral singing, choreography/dance, games, swimming, field trips and performances – and lots of fun times and new friends!

The New Jersey Youth Chorus, under the direction of Tara Postigo, will be joining us as our Choir-in-Residence for the week. Our conductor for the festival will be Darren Dailey, President and Artistic Director of the Jacksonville Children's Chorus.


We are now registering rising fifth through twelfth grade singers for day camp sessions from 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday. Our guest conductor for this year’s festival will be Mr. Darren Dailey.

Cost for the week is $325. A deposit of $100 is due by April 9, 2018 to hold your spot.

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  • Designed for rising fifth to twelfth grade singers
  • Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm
  • Held on the beautiful Jacksonville University campus
  • Two evening performances (more info to come)
  • Lunch and snacks are included
  • Field trips
  • Swimming at JU Pool
  • Breakout sessions (Sight-reading/Music Theory, Choral Rehearsals, Choreography)
  • Games and more
  • Supervision by JCC Staff
  • Camp T-Shirt provided


Jacksonville University

2800 University Boulevard N., Jacksonville, FL 32211


Sample Day Camp Schedule

8:40am            Drop Off

9:00am            Opening Activity

9:15am            Vocal Warm-ups

9:30am            Choral Rehearsal

10:15am          Breakout Session I

11:00am          Choral Rehearsal

11:45am          Lunch

12:30pm          Breakout Session II

1:15pm            Choral Rehearsal

2:00pm            Breakout Session III

2:45pm            Swimming

3:30pm            Choral Rehearsal


What Your Singer Will Gain:

Singers will experience a balanced schedule of both instructional and recreational activities throughout the week.  Rehearsals and breakout sessions will focus on developing musicianship, sight-reading, vocal skills, choreography, and choral singing by experienced and qualified JCC instructors and JCC’s highly regarded conductor, Mr. Darren Dailey.  Team activities will help develop camaraderie, social equality, and love of mankind.



Contact Melissa Barnes, Program Manager


or call 353-1636, ext. 1


“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

“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

“I was in the Jacksonville Children's Chorus in 1999-2002. It helped me to build long lasting friendships and a greater love for music. To this day I still remember the fun times and great concerts we did in the JCC. I think this organization is great for children of all ages, it helps build confidence and friendships.”

Bethany, Former Member

“It is gratifying the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus program covers so much of what is not available to children in the Duval Public Schools. The children who have an opportunity to participate in your Chorus are very fortunate to have this outstanding musical training available to them. The entire community benefits from your talent and that of the children.”

Dr. Frances B. Kinne, Chancellor Emeritus and Past President, Jacksonville University

“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