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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
 

Times:

Check-in at 9:30-10:00am
Rehearsals start at 10:00am
Virtual Performance begins at 4:00pm


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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High School Women's Ensemble

Robyn Reeves Lana

Founder, Managing Artistic Director and Conductor, Cincinnati Youth Choir

Participation Fee is $40 (Festival Shirt included)

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About Ms. Lana

Interpreting choral music for diverse audiences in a way that is relevant to young people while maintaining the highest standards of music education and performance sums up the work of Robyn Reeves Lana.

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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

 

 

 

 

“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 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, Former Member