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Honors Choir Festival

First Coast Honors Choir Festival

Saturday, October 23, 2021 | Deermeadows Baptist Church

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

Unchanged Treble Voices | Grades 4-8

Lynnel Joy Jenkins

Artistic Director and Choral Teacher, Westrick Music Academy

Participation Fee is $40 (Festival Shirt included)

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About Ms. Jenkins

Lynnel Joy Jenkins is Artistic Director of Westrick Music Academy and Choral Teacher at Timberlane Middle School of the Hopewell Valley Regional School District. At Westrick Music Academy, her primary conducting role is as Music Director of the Princeton Girlchoir, which unites 300 girls, grades 3-12, in joyous song.

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High School Women's Ensemble

Robyn Reeves Lana

Founder, Managing Artistic Director and Conductor, Cincinnati Youth Choir

Participation Fee is $40 (Festival Shirt included)

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About Ms. Lana

Interpreting choral music for diverse audiences in a way that is relevant to young people while maintaining the highest standards of music education and performance sums up the work of Robyn Reeves Lana.

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The JCC was founded in 1995 at Jacksonville University to fill a need for a children’s music program in the area.  Led by Dr. Frances B. Kinne, then Jacksonville University President, the plan to create a local choir was implemented by Dr. Jon O. Carlson and Jim Taylor, who served as the first conductor.  In that first year, JCC had only 16 voices.  Since then, it has grown to serve as many as 1,000 singers annually with performance choirs and outreach programs. From 16 singers in 1995, JCC has developed into one of the nation's most important providers of music education, enriching the lives of singers and audiences around the globe. 


 

Contact Information:  

Honors Choir Performance Coordinator:
Dorothy Leitch, Email
Phone: 904.353.1636, ext. 6

 

 

 

 

“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 D., JCC Alum

“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 , Former Chancellor Emeritus and Past President, Jacksonville University

“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 M., JCC Alum

“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