Honors Choir Festival

Young Men's Ensemble

Tenor & Bass Ensemble

Shawn M. Pendry

Participation Fee is $40 (Festival Shirt included)

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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.

“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

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Wali Gomes, JCC Parent

“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

“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 M., JCC Alum