Singer Scholarships

Dr. Frances B. Kinne Music Scholarship

Dr. Frances B. Kinne
Scholarship Fund

In the early 1990s, then-President of Jacksonville University, Dr. Frances Bartlett Kinne, understanding the importance music plays in a child’s life, developed a plan to establish a children’s chorus in the Jacksonville community. Working in concert with Dr. Jon O. Carlson and Jim Taylor, the three brought together 16 young singers who gave their first performance in 1995. From that point the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus has continued to grow and is recognized both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Kinne’s mission has always been to bring people together. She is described as a magical woman of grace and class who has a knack for demonstrating her leadership abilities rather than just talking about them. This is evident in her career path which led her from being a music teacher at the age of 18 to the head of the Army Hostesses during World War II, to a member of the faculty at the Department of Fine Arts at JU, to being named the Dean of the College of Fine Arts to the first woman president of Jacksonville University. Additionally, she was the first female member of the Jacksonville Downtown Rotary Club, first woman president of the Rotary Club and first woman member of the River Club.

Her favorite word is “wow” and she has used it several times in recent years each time she sees the JCC perform. “It is gratifying the JCC 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 JCC are very fortunate to have this outstanding musical training available to them. The entire community benefits from your talents and that of the children,” Dr. Kinne said.

The Kinne Scholarship was established by area business leaders and JCC supporters to ensure scholarship funds are available in perpetuity in honor of Dr. Kinne.

“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, JCC Alum

“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

“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

“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