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Jacksonville Children's Chorus Charity Profile
The mission of the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus is to provide a high-quality choral music education for children of diverse backgrounds, fostering teamwork, self-discipline, accomplishment and pride while filling an important cultural need in the community and sharing the beauty of the choral art form through artistically excellent performances.
Founded at Jacksonville University with sixteen voices, the chorus has grown to serve approximately 450 First Coast children. Its performance choir program includes over 185 talented young singers ages seven through eighteen. Participating children come from a diversity of racial, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds, hail from five counties in Northeast Florida and represent over 100 schools. Approximately 25 percent of the members receive scholarship support.
Since 1995, the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus has evolved into a multi-faceted community music program providing the social and cognitive rewards of vocal music and choral participation to area children. Beyond the performance choir program, The Chorus reaches out to the community through a variety of programs, including weekly Vocal Exploration music classes and the First Coast Honors Choir Festival for area 4th - 6th graders who are nominated and recognized by their teachers for talent, hard work and dedication. Major Accomplishments
A chorus of sixteen singers is founded at Jacksonville University
The Chorus is named "the designated children's chorus of The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra."
Outreach programs are added with the Mid-Winter Music Workshop for area educators.
The Concert Choir performs in its first professional opera, the JSO production of Tosca.
Team-building rehearsal retreats are added to the program.
The Chorus produces its first large-scale benefit concert in Jacoby Symphony Hall for audience of 900.
Concert Choir performs in the JSO production of Carmen earning excellent press reviews.
The Chorus hosts a new outreach program: The First Coast Honors Choir Festival for 75 talented 4th and 5th graders who are nominated by their music educators.
The Chorus adds a third Choir in response to increased auditions and performance requests.
The Chorus is featured as the lead Chorus in the World’s Largest Concert, broadcast nationally on March 10, 2005.
The Concert Choir performs in its third professional opera, the JSO production of La Boheme.
The Chorus celebrates its 10th “birthday” with special guest artists, Ritz Chamber Players, at its annual spring benefit concert, A River Runs Through It.
The Chorus adds 7 preschool music classes weekly at the Children’s Commission’s new Don Brewer Center for Learning and 1 preschool music class weekly at the I.M. Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless, serving over 120 at-risk and disadvantaged children ages birth to five.
The Chorus performs in Carmina Burana and participates in the Symphony’s first professional recording.
The Jacksonville Children’s Chorus is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Darren Dailey as its new Artistic and Executive Director.
The Chorus adds a fourth choir level by its inauguration of the Training Choir program with a satellite Training Choir at Hyde Park Elementary School on the Westside.
Preschool music classes continue at the Brewer Center and the Sulzbacher Center.
Choirs perform in collaborate concerts with Ritz Voices and Ritz Chamber Players, Masterworks Chorale, Don Thompson Chorale, UNF Chorale, JU Chorale, Stage Aurora’s choir, the Jacksonville Symphony and Youth Symphony, and in its first wedding (Condon-Selhorst).
Spring Concert 2007 features guest artists Return2Zero.
A Scholarship endowment fund is opened at the Community Foundation through a major donation from Wayne and Delores Weaver.
Satellite Training Choirs expanded to include Brentwood Elementary (full-year), Orange Park United Methodist Church (full-year), Hyde Park Elementary (fall), Mandarin Presbyterian Church (spring).
Choirs perform in concerts with Bluegrass artist David Holt, pianist Henri-Paul Sicsic, tubist James Jenkins, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Concert Choir performs for Fla. Amer. Choral Directors, with the St. Olaf Choir and in JSO’s Turando.
Two recordings—with Roseanne Cash’s Christmas song “How Many Christmases” and Voices for Voices holiday CD in support of the Guardian ad Litem program.