I have not been in JCC for very long, in fact this is my first year. However my experience so far has been amazing and has further inspired me to become a choir director myself. The music is amazing and top quality, as well as a challenge to learn. It has definitely expanded my musical abilities. I had been trying to find a good choir for a year, and then I finally found JCC. I look forward to every practice and song we sing, and I've made lots of friends. This is now my entire life and I'm so thankful I found JCC
I was a member of JCC for almost three years, and loved my experience there! I gained a new respect for choral singing, I was challenged to improve in many ways, and I had opportunities I would not have had without JCC. Mr. Dailey and all the directors strive to bring out the best in you as a singer and professional. JCC taught me the importance of timeliness, attentiveness, sight reading, purity of sound, dress, and humility. After hearing the chorus perform recently, I can honestly say that they continue to nurture young singers to be their best!
My grandaughter has been a member of the Jacksonville Children's Chorus (3) years now. With the supportive direction of the Artistic Staff and the experiences provided by an ever challenging program, I have watched her grow confident, disciplined, focused and mature artistically.
At school she has become a leader holding her own academically.
I will not forget bringing this shy, quiet, nervous girl for her first audition. She loved to sing. She loved music. She would sing even though speaking seemed a most difficult task.
My granddaughter is challenged by a cognitive learning disability and to brave this audition was one of the best decisions made. She passed the audition and was invited to be a part of the JCC!
The JCC enabled my granddaughter to partcipate in varied artistic and social experiences ( i.e. musical, vocal, dancing, acting, travel, meet and greets) that, as a retiree, I could never afford without the help of the JCC Scholarship Program. I want to personally thank those contributors who have recognized the value of this program with their monetary support.
Coming from a feeling of not belonging, not smart enough, being too different, I am now the proud grandparent of a child who now feels accomplished, outgoing, respected and valued as a member of Jacksonville Children's Chorus.
Jacksonville children's choir has many wonderful singers and a VERY dedicated director. But my niece was in Jacksonville children's choir for about 2 years and the whole staff and some of the artistic directors were very very rude to here and points came home crying. I am a big fan of music but you should never treat a child like that and make them feel less of themselves. Even though i gave JCC some good reviews on here I still feel that what they did to my poor niece was very very disrespectful.
My daughter Anne was a member of this wonderful chorus back when she was in middle school. She is now a college graduate and still sings whenever possible, including a year with the Faculty and Staff Choir at the University of Arizona while in grad school.
Her experience was so important to her development that I wanted to devote time to assisting JCC grow and serve other children who were born to sing! I became a volunteer, an unpaid staff member, and finally an employee for more than ten years. When people ask me what makes JCC great, I am reminded of the hundreds of children who found a place, found acceptance, found confidence, and gained an identity they would not have had otherwise. Children bond with each other during the countless hours of rehearsal and performance, and a shared love of music becomes more important than what neighborhood they live in or how expensive their possessions are.
The scholarship program for children who would not otherwise be able to participate has allowed children to literally travel the world on tour and sing on the world's great stages. It is my hope that JCC will go on forever, serving children with its unique programs. Although I am retired and not a part of it day to day, I am a believer in JCC!
The Jacksonville Children's Chorus is a gem of our city's cultural scene. The quality of the musical product is first rate and places the chorus in the top tier of children's choruses in the United States. Darren and the staff have made tremendous outreach efforts to our city's under served populations and the ethnic and socio-economic diversity of the organization is a mirror of the community it serves. The JCC is one of our city's treasures.
This is a world class organization. My daughter has been involved with JCC for 9 years. It has helped her to develop musically and personally. It has given her the opportunity to be exposed to people and places that she would not otherwise have had. It is a professionally run organization and is a great benefit to the community.
As a music educator, I have been a fan of the JCC for years. Darren Dailey and the staff have done an amazing job of exposing the children to a wide variety of quality music and community experiences transcending class, race, gender, and religion. As a former JCC parent, the lessons of discipline, patience, and ensemble are important for the leadership development of each student. Continued success to the JCC as you connect the community through music.
I'm a Trustee of the Reinhold Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the operation of non-profits. The Jacksonville Children's Chorus is one of the most enthusiastic participants in our courses to improve Board governance, fund raising, volunteer management, etc. Over the years I've seen the operation of the JCC improve dramatically. While the number of children participating has grown tremendously, at the same time the organization has become much more effective. The Board is more focused on fund-raising, and the JCC has hired a full time Development Director to ensure their financial stability. Darren Daily is not only the creative force behind the JCC, he also has a keen business sense. All these assets make the JCC a top notch organization which is well respected throughout the country.
My daughter sang in the JCC for 8 years throughout her elementary, middle school and high school years. . She made many friends and had many amazing experiences from singing at Lincoln Center in New York to meeting many professional musicians.
She currently studies at Georgia Southern University as a Music Education Major and has begun to work with the Children's Chorus Statesboro GA. Darren Dailey and Virginia Dickert were amazing role models for her and she has chosen a career path to mirror her experiences at the JCC. I highly recommend the JCC to anyone with a child that loves to sing. It is a good organization and we found the professionalism and caring attitude toward children to be refreshing. The quality of the program is unfailing and the JCC continues to delight audiences with their music all around the world.