Honors Choir Festival

Young Men's Ensemble

Tenor & Bass Ensemble

Shawn M. Pendry

Participation Fee is $40 (Festival Shirt included)


About Mr. Shawn M. Pendry

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 an assistant director to the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay. He was awarded “Teacher of the Year” at LaVilla School of the Arts in 2008 – 2009. He was selected as Teacher of the Month by WAWS in January 2008 and Teacher of the Week by WTLV in 2009. He was a nominee for the national Life Changer of the Year award in 2015. He has been an All-County conductor and adjudicator for the Florida Vocal Association. His choirs consistently score top ratings in adjudications and contests in the United States. He has conducted middle school students performing in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, St. Marks in Venice, Christ Church in Oxford as well as many other prestigious venues in Italy, Austria, Switzerland, England, France, Canada, and Greece. His vocal program has partnered with the Metropolitan Opera of New York for the past 11 years. The Education Department of the Met has flown to Jacksonville twice to film the work of his students as they create original works such as the pastiche opera, Frosted Land, a full-length orchestral opera Jared, a ballet entitled Raven and the Light, and two musicals entitles Rain Under the Umbrella and Honeybun. Mr. Pendry is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the Florida Vocal Association and the Music Educators National Conference, and the American Synesthesia Association.

“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

“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 D., JCC Alum

“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

“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