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Honors Choir Festival

13th Annual First Coast Honors Choir


Saturday, January 30, 2016 - Deermeadows Baptist 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. The 2016 guest conductor will be Christina Kalliaridou of Corfu, Greece. 

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.


About the Guest Conductor 

Christina Kalliaridou was born in 1965. She has obtained the Advanced Certificate (Ptychion) in Harmony as well as in Piano performance from the Macedonian Odeion of Thessaloniki and diploma in bassoon performance from the Neon Odeion of Thessaloniki. She is a graduate of the Department of Music Studies - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1990). She also holds a degree in Business Administration by the Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki (1985). 

She continued her studies at the Higher School of Music and Performing Arts of Vienna with a scholarship from the Greek State Scholarships Foundation, studying bassoon with Camillo Öhlberger and Milan Turković (1990-1993). She has also attended piano and bassoon master classes by distinguished musicians.Christina Kalliaridou has worked as piano and bassoon teacher for many years in various music schools in Thessaloniki. She was the conductor of the children’s choir of the Choral Centre of Panagouda Church in Thessaloniki (1987-1989). Since 1996 she works as music teacher in Primary Education in Corfu, Greece since 2006. 

She attended master classes in choral conducting with J.A. Bartle, B. Astulez, A. van der Merwe, A. Kontogeorgiou, D. Rao and F. Sjöberg. In 2015, she obtained a master’s degree in choral conducting (for children’s choirs) from the Ionian University, Corfu.

In November 2007, upon her own initiative and the support of the Cultural Union of Potamos in Corfu, she formed the Children’s Choir of Potamos, which she also supervised and conducted until 2010. She is now the Director of the Corfu Choir, as well as of the Corfu Children’s Choir. 


Boy's Choir Conductor 

The boy's honors choir will be conducted by Darren Dailey, Artistic & Executive Director of the Jacksonville Children's Chorus.


DVD Order: 

Order a copy of the concert DVD for $30 each:

Contact Information: 

Diana Wooten

Honors Choir Coordinator 

Email: diana@jaxchildrenschorus.org 

Phone: 904.353.1636, ext. 9

“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

“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

“The Chorus expands your musical horizons and helps you grow as a person. You are surrounded with other young people who have something in common…their love of music. I have learned that music does, indeed, bring people and cultures together. The music we sing brings people hope for a better future of understanding and cooperation.”

Jasmine, 16, Touring and Concert Choirs

“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

“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