Our Choirs

Honors Choir Festival

15th Annual First Coast Honors Choir

Saturday, January 27, 2018 - Mandarin Presbyterian Church   

The Jacksonville Children’s Chorus's (JCC) day-long program to honor up to 200 local fourth through seventh grade children who have been recognized by their music educators for their singing ability, musical aptitude and strong work ethic. The children spend the day rehearsing with a nationally recognized clinician and conductor. The event culminates in a performance of the newly-formed Honors Choir. 

Held in conjunction with the Honors Choir Festival, JCC holds the Midwinter Music Workshop to provide enrichment and continuing education to area music educators. This free breakfast education seminar is open to all area public and private school music teachers.

Teachers, please pass out the acceptance letter to your 10 nominated singers (5 boys, 5 girls) and be sure to register yourself for the FREE workshop and breakfast. Once you have nominated your singers, please fill out and send us the Vocal Range Form for each singer to the JCC program office.

Honors Choir Acceptance Letter

2018 Honors Choir Festival and Teacher Workshop Registration Form

2018 Honors Choir Festival - Girls Ensemble Registration Form

2018 Honors Choir Festival - Boys Ensemble Registration Form

2018 Vocal Range Form

About the Guest Conductors

Girl's Ensemble Conductor 

Sandy Holland
Founding and Artistic Director, Young Voices of the Carolinas

Sandy R. Holland is the founding director of the Young Voices of the Carolinas. Before beginning a new program for the greater Charlotte area, Sandy was the Artistic Director of the Charlotte Children’s Choir for 23 seasons. Under her director the Charlotte Children’s Choir gained regional, national and international recognition as an outstanding arts organization dedicated to children and choral excellence.

Sandy is a sought after choral clinician and guest lecturer on children’s vocal development and has conducted honors and all state choruses in 14 states.

Before moving to Charlotte in 1991, Sandy received her undergraduate degree from Pfeiffer College in Church Music, and Voice and received her masters degree from Indiana University studying Music Education, Voice and Conducting. Sandy is dedicated to working with children in a fun loving environment, encouraging children to make friends with fellow singers and create an atmosphere of teamwork.  Currently teaching general and choral music at Scholars Academy, and directing children’s choirs at St. John Baptist Church, Sandy is a active member of Chorus America, National Association for Music Educators and American Choral Directors Association for which she is serving as President for North Carolina.


Boy's Ensemble Conductor 

Vincent Oakes
Artistic Director, Chattanooga Boys Choir

Vincent Oakes earned the Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Florida and the Master of Sacred Music degree in Choral Conducting from Emory University.  Since 2003, he has served as Artistic Director of the Chattanooga Boys Choir, a music education and performance organization of over 130 boys (grades 3-12) in five different ensembles from across the Chattanooga area. Under his direction, the choir has taken performance tours to Canada, Germany, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Cuba, and to many prestigious venues throughout the United States, including Carnegie Hall, St. Louis Cathedral, Duke University Chapel, and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. The boychoir has also been featured in commercial recordings with Stephen Curtis Chapman, Casting Crowns, and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, including the grammy-nominated recording of Maurice Ravel’s L’enfant et les Sortilèges with the NSO.

A frequent choral clinician and guest conductor, recent conducting engagements have included the Tennessee All-State Treble Chorus, the Florida ACDA Male Honor Chorus, the Alabama ACDA Young Voices Festival Boychoir, the Instituto Piaget Vocalizze in Lisbon, Portugal, and the ACDA International Conductors Exchange Program in Havana, Cuba. The 2016-2017 season includes guest conducting appearances in Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, South Dakota, and the Bangkok International Choral Festival in Thailand. He has also been a clinician/conductor for youth and children’s choirs at the Montreat, Lake Junaluska, and Massanetta Springs church music conferences and has authored articles which have appeared in Choral Journal and in the textbook Choral Pedagogy by Robert Sataloff and Brenda Smith.

A member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the American Choral Directors Association, he served as Southern Division Chair of Boychoir Repertoire and Standards for ACDA and recently completed his term as President of Tennessee ACDA.  In June 2017, he begins his term as President-Elect of ACDA’s Southern Division, which is comprised of  3,000 choral directors across the division’s eleven state chapters.

Mr. Oakes is also the Director of Choral Music at the Baylor School in Chattanooga, where he conducts four student choirs (grades 6-12) and the faculty choir. In 2013, he founded the Tennessee Valley Voices, a chorus of Chattanooga-area music educators whose performances raise awareness of the importance of music and arts education in the Tennessee Valley region.


Contact Information:  

Melissa Barnes

Honors Choir Performance Coordinator 

Email: melissa@jaxchildrenschorus.org 

Phone: 904.353.1636, ext. 6

“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

“Being a part of the JCC has not only allowed Christian to experience the fun, excitement and pleasure of singing with friends, it has also helped him to develop a sense of confidence that comes from life skills of hard work and perseverance.”

Elaine Bourne, JCC Parent

“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

“JCC truly embodies some of the best qualities of team sports: camaraderie, discipline, patience, persistence, and positive mentoring.”

Wali Gomes, JCC Parent