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Honors Choir Festival

 

18th Annual First Coast Honors Choir Festival

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

Each ensemble is limited to 80 singers. A music teacher referral is required to participate. 

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Location:

Riverside Park United Methodist Church
819 Park St, Jacksonville, FL 32204
 

Children's Schedule:

Check-in at 10:15-10:45am
Rehearsals start at 11:00am
Performance recording begins at 4:30pm


The Jacksonville Children's Chorus will be following a Covid-19 Response Plan to ensure the health and safety needs of all singers in attendance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more below:

 


Unchanged Treble Voices | Grades 4-8

Barbara Sletto

Founder and Artistic Program Director, Heartland Youth Choir

Participation Fee is $40 (Festival Shirt included)

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About Ms. Sletto

Barbara Sletto founded Heartland Youth Choir in 2003. Prior to that she was the Artistic Director of the Iowa Youth Chorus, the Des Moines Children's Choruses, the Anderson Area Children's Choir of Anderson, Indiana, and the Lakes Treble Choir of Minnesota.

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Sponsored by:

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

 

 

 

 

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

Wali Gomes, JCC Parent

“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

“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

“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

“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