Our Choirs

Honors Choir Festival

FIRST COAST HONORS CHOIR FESTIVAL

Saturday, October 22, 2022 | Deermeadows Baptist Church

The Jacksonville Children’s Chorus hosts the one-day event to honor students across Northeast Florida 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. 

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Treble Choir | Grades 4-8

Rollo Dilworth

Participation Fee is $40 (Festival Shirt included)

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Rollo Dilworth is Professor of Choral Music Education, Chair of the Department of Music Education and Therapy, and Vice Dean at Temple University’s Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts in Philadelphia, PA.

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 High School Women's Choir

Rosephanye Powell

Participation Fee is $40 (Festival Shirt included)

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Rosephanye Powell has undoubtedly earned the place as one of our great female choral composers. Her writing style is accessible for singers of all ages, making her a popular composer featured on Honor and All-State Choir Programs.

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Tenor & Bass Ensemble

Shawn M. Pendry

Participation Fee is $40 (Festival Shirt included)

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Mr. Shawn M. Pendry is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher, and has been a choral director at LaVilla for the past sixteen years. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree with an emphasis in voice from Stetson University in Deland, Florida and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida where he was assistant director to the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay.

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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

 

 

 

 

“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

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

Wali Gomes, 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

“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

“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