Our Choirs

Honors Choir Festival

16th Annual First Coast Honors Choir

Saturday, January 26, 2019 - Mandarin Presbyterian Church   

The Jacksonville Children’s Chorus's (JCC) one-day event to honor 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 with our guest conductors to provide enrichment and continuing education to area music educators. This free breakfast and education seminar is open to all Florida public and private school music teachers.


The Honors Choir Festival Day Schedule: 

10:15am- 10:45 am

Check-in at Mandarin Presbyterian Church


Rehearsals with Guest Conductor (songs that singers have been practicing)


Lunch and break




Stage walk-through/rehearsal



The doors will open for general admission seating at 4:45 pm. The concert will begin at 5:00 pm. Admission is $5.  Parents will be able to purchase tickets upon singer check-in at 10:15 AM or at the door in the afternoon.

Contact Information:  

Michelle Akser

Honors Choir Performance Coordinator 

Email: michelle@jaxchildrenschorus.org 

Phone: 904.353.1636, ext. 6


About the Guest Conductors

Girl's Ensemble Conductor 

John Tisbert

Esther F. Garrison School for the Arts, 

Savannah, Georgia


Boy's Ensemble Conductor 

Dr. Charlie Toomer

Edward Waters College

Jacksonville, Florida




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

Wali Gomes, JCC Parent

“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

“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

“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

“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