Honors Choir Festival

Covid-19 Protocol & Guidelines

Honor's Choir Festival COVID—19 Response Plan 

Healthy Hygiene Practices:

  • All singers and staff will be required to wear a face mask at all times.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available when singers enter the building and throughout the venue.
  • HEPA filters will be placed in the rehearsal spaces to provide extra clean and filtered air for the singers.
  • Lunch will not be provided due to health and safety concerns. Singers must provide their own lunch.

Procedures at check-in for signs and symptoms of illness:

  • All singers will have their temperature checked and be asked Covid screening questions prior to entering the building.
  • If any singer displays symptoms while they are within the building, they will be sent to an isolation room and guardian will be called to pick them up. If singer shows any sign or symptom of illness prior to arrival, we ask that they please STAY HOME.

Physical-Distancing During Rehearsal and Performance:

This season, the JCC has downsized registration by 50% to facilitate optimum physical-distancing. This includes increased spacing, smaller groups, limited interaction, and staggered scheduling. Rehearsal locations were chosen for their quality ventilation systems and large rooms where singers can maintain a distance of at least 6-8 feet.

Masks will also be required for the entirety of the rehearsal and performance.


We are taking a unique approach to the Honor's Choir Festival performance. Ideally, this would have an audience attendance. However, we will be hosting this as a virtual pre-recorded performance that will be released to the public. This will be necessary to stay current with the health and safety needs of our singers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The instructional model we are following comes from the American Choral Directors Association COVID-19 Response Committee and can be viewed in detail at www.acda.org.

“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, 16, Touring and Concert Choirs

“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

“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 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