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At Age 20, Jacksonville Children's Chorus Raising The Performance Bar

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

European tour and a concert featuring a Broadway megastar are on the agenda this year for some of Northeast Florida’s youngest singers.

The Jacksonville Children’s Chorus is celebrating its 20th year by giving its young performers world-class experiences — and there’s still time for more kids to audition.

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Kristen Chenoweth is perhaps best known for her role as Glinda in the Broadway musical “Wicked.”

Chenoweth’s powerful pipes have taken her from the stage to movies and TV shows like the smash hit “Glee.” And though she’s busy touring the world these days, this November Kristin Chenoweth is coming to sing with a bunch of teenagers at the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus fall concert.

 

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“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, Former Member

“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

“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

“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

“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, Chancellor Emeritus and Past President, Jacksonville University