President & Artistic Director

15 Years of Leadership

15 Years of Inspiring Young Singers of Jacksonville

President and Artistic Director, Darren Dailey celebrates 15 years of growth and leadership with the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus.

In August 2006, the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus’ (JCC) Board of Directors appointed Darren Dailey to the position of Artistic and Executive Director. In 2016, during his 10th anniversary with The Chorus, he was then appointed to the role of President and Artistic Director. This year, Dailey enters his 15th year of leadership and inspiring young singers through choral music education.  

As founding Artistic Director of the Boston Children's Chorus, Dailey was able to begin and grow their participation to nearly 300 in just 3 years. After being recruited to Jacksonville, he was inspired by Jacksonville’s arts community and its potential. “Jacksonville’s arts community is incredibly collaborative and this drew me to lead the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus several years ago,” says Dailey. Upon entering an audition room, children are first asked, “Do you love to sing?” Having children of his own, Dailey understands how important music education is for their development, and that the skills they take away from The Chorus, along with their love of singing, last a lifetime.

Through Dailey’s leadership, the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus programs have expanded, serving thousands of children across Northeast Florida and reaching families internationally with virtual outreach programs. He has introduced opportunities for young singers to perform with guest artists such as Amy Grant, Kristen Chenoweth and Audra McDonald, and even the chance to perform internationally across Europe. The JCC has developed into a world-class organization and continues to be one of the nation’s most important providers of music education.

Choral conductor and 2020 Florida Elementary Music Educator of the Year, Virginia Dickert says, “Mr. Dailey has taken a good local children’s choir and turned it into a complete professional choral program. Thanks to him, the JCC is now an internationally-recognized choral powerhouse.”

As the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus grows, Dailey continues to find more unique opportunities for young singers and plans to leave a lasting legacy.  Dailey exclaims, “I am very proud to be a part of Jacksonville’s arts community and proud of the world-class organization The Chorus has become.”


“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

“Music is such a valuable part of life. The way it enriches one’s life and encourages creativity, I do not believe anything else can do as much. We in Jacksonville are certainly blessed to have the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus.”

Scott C. Snyder, President, Compass Consulting Group

“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

“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

“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