Summer Songwriting Workshop (Virtual)

With Renowned Composer Jim Papoulis!

Tuesday, June 23 and Tuesday, June 30, 2020

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 all JCC singers.

Limited to 95 participants.


“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

“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

“JCC truly embodies some of the best qualities of team sports: camaraderie, discipline, patience, persistence, and positive mentoring.”

Wali Gomes, JCC Parent

“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 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