Singer Scholarships

Jon O. Carlson Memorial Music Scholarship

Dr. Jon O. Carlson Memorial
Scholarship Fund

Dr. Carlson was a valuable part of the cultural fabric of the Jacksonville community as well as a founding member of the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus (JCC). In 1995, Dr. Carlson, along with JU President Dr. Frances B. Kinne and Jim Taylor, laid the ground work to develop a chorus comprised of local children.

Dr. Carlson enjoyed and promoted all forms of music, but he had a very special love for vocal presentations. In addition to being one of the founders of JCC, he also served as the Chorus Director of the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus from 2001 – 2011. He believed everyone, especially children, should have the opportunity to learn and enjoy the sounds of the human voice.

For this reason, the family of Dr. Carlson established the Dr. Jon O. Carlson Memorial Music Scholarship fund. This scholarship enables a child, each year, to be a part of JCC without regard to ability to afford tuition. Currently 35 percent of the children in JCC are receiving either partial or full scholarships.


Please consider a gift to this scholarship fund, in remembrance of Dr. Carlson.

“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

“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, Chancellor Emeritus and Past President, Jacksonville University

“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

“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

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

Wali Gomes, JCC Parent