Summer Songwriting Workshop (Virtual)

With Renowned Composer Jim Papoulis!

Tuesday, June 23 and Tuesday, June 30, 2020
9:30-11:00am | Grades 2-12

This is a very exciting and unique opportunity for all JCC members as Mr. Papoulis will be creating an original choral composition specifically for the Jacksonville Children's Chorus – inspired directly by our participant's words, thoughts and feelings.

In March of 2020, the world as we knew it changed forever, and we find ourselves faced with so many questions. Where will we go? How and when will we sing together again, and feel that musical resonance in person? We all wonder, and ask, and we do not know the answers.

Songwriting workshops have become an outlet; to share ideas, to listen to all voices, to create together; we can open our hearts and minds to a new way, in the spirit of continuing to connect with each other, to share ideas, hopes, fears, and wonders, in an open forum, and create a song that resonates with us.

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The virtual songwriting workshop consists of (2) sessions.

~ First, we get to know each other, talk about what songs are, talk about our lives, our hopes, our wonders, and create a topic that we would like to write a song about. We get most of the song done in the first session.

~ In between the first and second, I will produce a track, so by the 2nd workshop the singers can hear the track, talk about harmonies, and finish the song.

~ Learning tracks will the be sent, and each singer records his/her track.
I will then mix all the voices together to create a mix of the entire choir.

Mr. Papoulis composes in many genres and is known for work that combines contemporary, classical, and world sounds. He firmly believes that music can heal, educate, celebrate and empower the lives of children. He has worked with choirs and ensembles on all continents and from all walks of life including, Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion, Beyoncé and the New York Philharmonic. The JCC has many of his choral works in our past and present repertoire.

Cost is just $25 for both sessions. 

Sessions will be held via Zoom®. You will receive a link to join the workshop once you are registered. Open to the public, grades 2-12.

Limited to 95 participants.


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Wali Gomes, JCC Parent

“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

“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 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