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 currently offer 2 location options (Mondays at Mandarin and Tuesdays and Thursdays at the JCC Headquarters in Downtown Jacksonville). 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. 1 or email us

“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

“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 , Former Chancellor Emeritus and Past President, Jacksonville University

“Being a part of the JCC has not only allowed Christian to experience the fun, excitement and pleasure of singing with friends, it has also helped him to develop a sense of confidence that comes from life skills of hard work and perseverance.”

Elaine Bourne, JCC Parent

“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

“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