Our Choirs

Honors Choir Festival


Saturday, October 22, 2022 | Deermeadows Baptist Church

The Jacksonville Children’s Chorus hosts the one-day event to honor students across Northeast Florida who have been recognized by their music educators for their singing ability, musical aptitude, and strong work ethic. The singers spend the day rehearsing with a nationally recognized clinician and conductor. The event culminates in a performance of the newly-formed Honors Choir. 

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Teacher Registration

Treble Voices Ensemble | Grades 4-8

Rollo Dilworth

Participation Fee is $40 (Festival Shirt included)


Rollo Dilworth is Professor of Choral Music Education, Chair of the Department of Music Education and Therapy, and Vice Dean at Temple University’s Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts in Philadelphia, PA.

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 High School Women's Ensemble

Rosephanye Powell

Participation Fee is $40 (Festival Shirt included)


Rosephanye Powell has undoubtedly earned the place as one of our great female choral composers. Her writing style is accessible for singers of all ages, making her a popular composer featured on Honor and All-State Choir Programs.



Young Men's Ensemble | Tenor & Bass Voices

Shawn M. Pendry

Participation Fee is $40 (Festival Shirt included)


Mr. Shawn M. Pendry is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher, and has been a choral director at LaVilla for the past sixteen years. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree with an emphasis in voice from Stetson University in Deland, Florida and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida where he was assistant director to the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay.



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The JCC was founded in 1995 at Jacksonville University to fill a need for a children’s music program in the area. Led by Dr. Frances B. Kinne, then Jacksonville University President, the plan to create a local choir was implemented by Dr. Jon O. Carlson and Jim Taylor, who served as the first conductor. In that first year, JCC had only 16 voices. Since then, it has grown to serve as many as 1,000 singers annually with performance choirs and outreach programs. From 16 singers in 1995, JCC has developed into one of the nation's most important providers of music education, enriching the lives of singers and audiences around the globe. 


Contact Information:  

Honors Choir Performance Coordinator:
Dorothy Leitch, Email
Phone: 904.353.1636, ext. 6





“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

“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

“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

“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

“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