14th Annual First Coast Honors Choir
Saturday, January 28, 2017 - Mandarin Presbyterian Church
Each year, The Jacksonville Children’s Chorus (JCC) sponsors a day-long program to honor up to 200 local fourth, fifth, and sixth 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 Katy Polk.
About the Guest Conductors
Girl's Choir Conductor
Sophia Papoulis, Assistant Director of Choirs, Boston Children’s Chorus
A conductor, choral clinician, and music educator, Sophia Papoulis serves as Assistant Director of Choirs for the award-winning Boston Children's Chorus (BCC), where she conducts beginning and intermediate choirs. In addition to her role as a conductor, Sophia oversees the eight choirs of the lower division, leads the recruitment efforts of the organization at-large, and manages a study group of music educators, serving as a liaison to the Boston Public Schools. BCC harnesses the power and joy of music to unite Boston's diverse communities and inspire social change.
A firm believer in the power of music to inspire change, growth, and joy, Sophia also serves as Conductor and Creative Director for the Foundation for Small Voices (FSV), a not-for-profit organization dedicated, through music, to crossing cultural, generational, and ideological boundaries to raise awareness and funds for national and international music and mentoring programs for children from all walks of life. She created and directs FSV's "Small Voices of Hope" project, bringing a choral and songwriting experience to children in Boston's public schools, many of whom have never experienced choral singing. Together with her husband Jim Papoulis, composer and founder of FSV, she designed and launched FSV's Professional Development series in the spring of 2014. Through this series, Sophia and Jim bring their combined knowledge and expertise to music educators in composition, world music, pedagogy, curriculum, conducting, and working with children of all ages and backgrounds. Sophia guest-conducts regional and all-state choruses; adjudicates; guest-lectures in music education and conducting; and gives workshops throughout the US and abroad.
For seven years, Sophia served as a conductor for the award-winning Young People's Chorus of New York City, directing choruses in its core after-school program and teaching within its Satellite School program in NYC public schools. She has conducted at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the 92nd Street Y, Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center, and Symphony Space, in addition to a number of other venues throughout NYC. She has prepared choruses for national and international radio and television appearances, recording sessions, collaborative performances with such ensembles as Meredith Monk, the Kronos Quartet and the Stephen Petronio Company, and for performances not only in New York City, but also in major venues throughout North America, Asia, Europe, and South America. Sophia is a magna cum laude graduate of the Ithaca College School of Music where she studied conducting with Janet Galvan.
Boy's Choir Conductor
Tom T. Shelton, Jr., Westminster Choir College
Tom T. Shelton, Jr. is a native of Greensboro, N.C. and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he earned both a Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Choral Conducting. He is Assistant Professor of Sacred Music at Westminster Choir College. Focusing on children’s and youth music at Westminster, he teaches classes in conducting, sacred music, music education and coordinates and conducts the Neighborhood Children’s Choir Program. In addition, he is the Director of Music for Children’s and Youth Choirs at Princeton United Methodist Church.
Mr. Shelton has a passion for music education in all areas: church, school and community. He taught middle school choral music in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County for 18 years. During that time he was selected Teacher of the Year for both Atkins Middle School and Kernersville Middle School. In 1999 the North Carolina Music Educators Association presented him with the North Carolina Middle School Music Teacher of the Year award.
Mr. Shelton is active with the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), currently serving as the National President-Elect. Other ACDA leadership positions have included Southern Division President (2011-2012), National R&S Chair for Middle School/Junior High Choirs (2007-2009) and North Carolina President (2005-2007).
Mr. Shelton has conducted festivals and honor choirs for elementary, middle school and high school students in 20 states as well as Hong Kong. He is the Series Director for the Music for Young Voices Series with GIA Publications and has over 40 compositions published by Choristers Guild, Colla Voce Music, G. Schirmer, GIA Publications, Heritage Music Press, Hinshaw Music Company, Santa Barbara Music Press, and Walton Music.
Honors Choir Recruitment Coordinator
Phone: 904.353.1636, ext 600
Honors Choir Performance Coordinator
Phone: 904.353.1636, ext. 900