Audition FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

My singer has little to no experience. Will they need to know how to read music before signing up?
No. Prior musical experience is not required to audition but can be very beneficial.

What's the audition like?
Your singer will sing a simple song such as "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" and our directors will go over music exercises to test their knowledge.

What is the time commitment?
The Jacksonville Children's Chorus is a world-class organization that sets a high standard for our singers. We follow policies similar to most after-school extracurricular activities. Our choirs' calendar is scheduled a year in advance and this will include all rehearsals and performances. Depending on the choir they are placed, rehearsals will be once or twice a week, no longer than 1 hour and 30 minutes, and we offer 3 location options (Mondays at Mandarin, Tuesdays at Orange Park, and Thursdays in Arlington). Rehearsals are mandatory!

Is there a tuition cost?
Yes. Tuition will vary per choir depending on where your singer is placed at auditions. We start at $300+ for semester-based programs and $900+ for yearly programs. Tuition is a one-time payment per season and will not be made monthly. 

Do you offer scholarships?
Yes. Our scholarship application process is simple, and gives families the opportunity to share their unique situation - we understand that a family’s financial situation “on paper” rarely tells the whole story. Therefore, we try to provide a space for families to elaborate on their individual situation, and encourage you to share anything that may affect your financials; this may include medical bills, school/college tuition payments, caring for elderly parents, multiple children in JCC programs, etc.

Approximately 40% of JCC students receive scholarships and include households that make less than $125,000 a year. All families are eligible for a full or partial scholarship that will help cover tuition, uniforms, and the cost of performances and trips!

We understand each concern and would like to assure you that the JCC is willing to help in the best way possible for your children that love to sing. If you have any further questions regarding tuition or financial assistance, please reach out to our Finance Office at 904-353-1636 ext. 2, or email our Business Manager at

Are there programs available for singers younger than 2nd grade?
Yes. We highly recommend checking out our Primary Choir available for K-2nd and checking out our available classes. 

 For further questions, contact the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus
at (904) 353-1636, ext. 3 or email us

“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

“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

“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

“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