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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Singing & Choral Groups

Mission: The mission of the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus is to provide a high-quality, choral music education for children of diverse backgrounds, fostering teamwork, self-discipline, accomplishment and pride while filling an important cultural need in the community and sharing the beauty of the choral art form through artistically excellent performances.

Target demographics: Children ages 18 months to 18 years

Direct beneficiaries per year: 500 children from five counties, representing 150 schools.

Geographic areas served: Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia

Programs: Five performance choirs, a summer preschool music program, Primary Choir for K-1 grades, River City Choral Music Festival, and the First Coast Honors Choir Festival.

Community Stories

98 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Ryan B.5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wow! What an amazing experience I had at the Jacksonville Children's Chorus this past year; it is truly a first class choral organization. I worked in the program office, accompanied rehearsals, and taught music classes. The work environment is fast-paced and exciting as we plan and execute performances and events, run rehearsals, and work with parents, students, and volunteers. My favorite thing about JCC is the smiles. Whether you have a preschooler in the First Steps of Music, or a high schooler in the Touring Choir, the administrative and artistic staff radiate joy, enthusiasm, and love as they guide each student in their musical journey. This same passion is also seen in the singers as they spread the joy of music to communities locally, nationally, and internationally.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Jacksonville Children's Chorus under the leadership and artistry of director Darren Dailey is a fine organization. The Jacksonville Children's Chorus has several groups ranging from elementary through high school levels. Darren is a thoroughly well schooled musician who understands vocal pedagogy in instructing vocalists at the beginner through the advanced levels. Darren is also a polished executive who runs a cohesive and successful choral program. Darren also possesses an ability to lead the chorus members with impeccable preparation, a kind and helpful spirit while also leading with strength and clear purpose.

The result of all of these qualities is that the Jacksonville Chorus performs a great variety of styles of choral works with aesthetic beauty, and excellent artistry that is delivered with zest of spirit and great joy. If you are a family in the Jacksonville area I highly recommend that your children audition for the Jacksonville Children's Chorus. If you have the opportunity you must attend a performance and experience for your self this fabulous chorus.

Sincerely,

Craig E. Tipton
Choral and General Music Teacher at Franklin School in Warren County, New Jersey



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Client Served

Rating: 5

I loved being part of the JCC Choir group. I had the most amazing five years singing and being part of the choir. Mr. Dailey is an amazing director and coach. If anyone loves to sing and wants to sing, this is the best place to come to. You get to travel too.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The JCC is a great choir for children! It helped me build confidence and learn to work with others! Darren Dailey cares for each and every child in the chorus and wants what’s best for everyone! If your child loves to sing sign them up for this choir!

1 Sophie A.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The years I spent in the JCC were absolutely unforgettable. I was in the treble, concert, and touring choirs, and spent 4 years traveling internationally. The friends I made during my time in JCC are still my best friends to this day, and are people I still go on summer vacation with!
Jcc also expanded my musical ability, and my overall professional skill set. I developed time and team management skills, and learnt to work with people my own age to create something unique. Jcc creates a level of maturity in young children that I don’t know to exist anywhere else. And alongside this maturity, develops a musical skill that can be shared around the world!
I’m so thankful for the time I spent in the JCC, and wouldn’t trade it for the world!

2 Jennifer P.10

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Jacksonville Children's Chorus under the direction of Darren Dailey is a great program of music education through choral singing. It is not just a choir but a fantastic comprehensive program for the youngest singers who learn to read and sing, and after years of music education develop into well-travelled singers who perform around the world in some of the world's most famous concert halls and churches. They have won several awards and promote diversity in their education and performances.

It is always a joy to be able to host the Jacksonville Children's Chorus at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City, the seat of the Archbishop of New York.

It is also a honor to host them on Sounds From the Spires, a radio program on The Catholic Channel on SiriusXM Satellite Radio, which has a world-wide audience.

They are a fantastic choir and in addition to delighting audiences around the world, the singers gain the knowledge, experience and potential to become some of our future leading musicians.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Jacksonville Children’s Chorus is by far the best nonprofit organization I have ever worked with. You’ll recognize them by their exquisite, professional demeanor and socially relevant programming. The singers are challenged in an encouraging and supportive environment, and include children from every racial and socio-economic background. JCC is extremely interactive in the local, national and even international arts/culture scene and collaborate with professional artists for significant community impact. Their artistic staff upholds an elite standard and is treated with the dignity that professional musicians and conductors deserve. No wonder they appear at major cultural events year round in the Jacksonville community and beyond. They are supported by dedicated board members and a diverse cultural community. Their legacy project includes 2 potential full ride scholarships to Jacksonville University thanks to the Dr. Frances B. Kinne Scholarship. Finally, the positive impact that JCC creates for the Jacksonville youth is evident by the significance their alumni are having on the world today. Bravo and encore to a stellar organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Jacksonville Children’s chorus is an outstanding organization. There is no mistaking how dedicated their staff and singers are to outputting quality. The skills the children are learning are so vital and there are very few organizations that provide the kind of learning that the JCC provides. If you are the parent of a child who loves to sing, there is no better option out there for your child than the JCC.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Jacksonville Children's Chorus is a wonderful place for young people to grow; not only musically but as community stewards. I am so proud that my daughter was part of the JCC when she was younger. She made friends, experienced new culture through music, and learned life skills that she continues to take with her. Through Darren's leadership, the many groups deliver the highest caliber performances and reflect the diversity and richness of our community. JCC is one of the finest gems in Jacksonville.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was apart of the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus for 6 years. I made life long friendships, traveled, and ganged a lot of musical knowledge and experience. I am so thankful for the years I spent with the JCC. I will be forever be thankful to Darren Dailey and the JCC for allowing me to be apart of it. I met my best friend in the JCC and we still are best friends to this day. Not only did I meet my best friend, but I found my true love for music. I have continued to sing at a collegiate level and I would have never done that if it were not for the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus.

1 Adia P. G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This choir really helped to form me into the person I am today. I truly think of these people as my family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a singer with the Jacksonville Children's Chorus through all four years of high school. Being a part of this chorus greatly shaped my teenage years, and left me not only with quality music education, but also lasting friendships and skills to help me in life. Music has been a passion of mine for a long time, and the JCC gave me an environment where I could learn music and perform around Jacksonville and all around the world. It left me with some truly unforgettable memories, and I'm so grateful that my mom convinced me to audition.

1 Katharine C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I used to wear a wrist band that said "Inspiring Excellence" on one said, and the other had the logo of the Jacksonville Children's Chorus. Unfortunately, I lost the bracelet at some point, but the message it carried is instilled in me because of my experience with the Jacksonville Children's Chorus.

When I auditioned for JCC, I did not know what to expect. I have always loved music, and wanted to pursue singing at a more professional level. There is no more professional of an experience to have than with the Jacksonville Children's Chorus, especially in the Touring Choir. I was able to participate in weekly, intensive rehearsals which were both fun and engaging. I made some of my closest friends while gaining exposure to amazingly diverse repertoire. The artistic director and my conductor, Mr. Darren Dailey, always ensured that I and my friends understood the potency of what we were singing and that we performed with a sense of pride. The act of singing is present as both a gift and a show whenever the Chorus sings be it at a local church, hospital, or the Vatican. JCC provided me with the opportunity to learn more about the community around me and the world on a global scale all while sharing music.

As a first year at Wellesley College, I participate in two chorale groups. Both are fantastic, and I feel well-prepared as a singer because of my time in JCC. I am a competent sight reader, a steady performer, and still a music lover after my seasons with Mr. Dailey. The opportunities provided to me by the Jacksonville Children's Chorus have changed my life, and I am truly lucky to consider myself an alum of this organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Fantastic organization exposing children to a varying mix of choral music. Their performances are very entertaining across all age groups. You can tell the music directors and staff are committed to delivering an excellent performances and their patience and practice shows

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our son William started JCC when he was in second grade. It was one of the best experiences ever. Darren and his entire staff are not only incredibly talented but also taught discipline, organization and focus....skills for life. We've since moved and our son is now part of the Children's Chorus of Washington DC. He recently attended the ACDA National honors chorus. We owe so much to the foundation established in his time at JCC and are forever grateful.

2 Brian R.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have a background 15 year in vocal music education and was absolutely delighted to register my son for the Jacksonville Children's Chorus. Darren Daily has assembled a group of incredibly gifted conductors to work with some of the most talented children in our city. Each concert brought me to tears... such beautiful music performed with accuracy and passion. As a parent, I was very impressed with the superior level of organization and communication. We were never left in the dark about any detail of an upcoming performance or rehearsal. The standards for the Jacksonville Children's Chorus are very high, as is the quality of music that is created. I would HIGHLY recommend the Jacksonville Children's Chorus to any child who loves to sing. [Brian Roes]

2 Ted M.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Jacksonville Children's Chorus is a first class choral organization. The kids in this group get a high-quality choral music education. I've had the pleasure of working professionally with some young adults who were educated in the JCC and I'm in awe of their talent and professionalism.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a great experience with the JCC during my 7 years singing with them. They cultivate an environment that encourages independent learning, develops ear training skills, and creates life long friendships. I had opportunities through the JCC that many adults involved in choir never get to experience like singing in Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in NYC, performing with large symphonies, as well as traveling to other states and countries. JCC is part the reason I went into music as a career and chose to be a music educator.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter (Assata) was a singer with the Jacksonville Children's Chorus (JCC) for 3 years and she loved every day she got to sing with JCC! Her last year, she was in the Touring Choir and traveled to Europe as part of the choir's Baltic Sea Tour. This was an incredible experience for the both us traveling to places in Germany, Russia, Estonia, and Sweden with other JCC staff, singers and parents. The choir gave several impressive performances throughout their tour and I have no doubt this will forever be one of my daughter's most memorable lifetime experiences. During her time in JCC, I witnessed phenomenal growth in Assata's vocal ability and confidence on stage. I attribute her growth directly to the training she received by the various JCC choir directors and this training was the perfect set-up for Assata to begin her training in musical theatre. I highly recommend JCC for any child that has a passion for singing and is looking for a professional , well organized program to be challenged to grow as a performer!

3 AllethaB

Donor

Rating: 5

The Jacksonville Children's Chorus is an amazing organization and offers invaluable experience for children and young adults to participate with others to produce beautiful music! The benefits of being part of a chorus are too many to name but you can start with the joy, confidence and sense of self a child feels as they use their own voice as an instrument contributing to the whole performance. JCC does a great job of reaching out to children all over northeast Florida. Children come from many different backgrounds and situations, some with physical challenges. The JCC offers such wonderful opportunities to learn, work and grow together. I strongly support the organization and its mission as both donor and volunteer!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Every time I hear the Jacksonville Children's Chorus perform I am blown away! They are so good! What an marvelous opportunity for kids to learn to work together to produce something so beautiful and inspiring! I am proud that we support such a wonderful program for the children in our community and I am proud to have the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus represent us to the world!

Angelica J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was a singer for the Jacksonville Children's Chorus for close to seven years. It is by far the best thing I could recommend for any child to experience, whether they're naturally "talented" or not. Anybody can become a singer so long as they want it and work for it, and the JCC helped me realize that. Rehearsals were strict because we essentially had one goal: to develop our musical ability as much as possible by the next concert. That taught me lessons about punctuality, self control, confidence, hard work, and focus. It wasn't all tough though. Being in chorus offered exciting new opportunities to travel and meet people I wouldn't have normally met, but we bonded so well because music connected us. The Jacksonville Children's Chorus developed me socially, mentally, behaviorally, and gave me skills rarely found anywhere else. The arts deserve support and this chorus is the lifeblood of artistic growth in Jacksonville's children.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Being a member of the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus has opened many doors of opportunities that have shaped me into the musician I am today. I first joined the JCC as an elementary student. Singing with other kids from all sorts of backgrounds caused me to come out of my shell and not be timid to meet new people. What further built my confidence was that all those peers took their musical growth very seriously. The connections and friendships formed have encouraged me to keep on singing and playing piano. JCC gave me the privilege of singing with choirs from all over the nation on the stages of Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York. JCC has also broadened my artistic experiences through performances with a full orchestra, collegiate choirs, and professional dancers. In fact, these all happened before I started high school. I’m incredibly grateful to have experienced high-level musical training in this capacity at a young age. Though I was no longer a member after junior high, I carried JCC’s influence into my high school years. I had met several students in JCC who attended Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, and I greatly admired their skills and drive for developing these skills. My experiences with the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus helped me decide to move from the private school I had been attending since kindergarten to the prestigious public arts school that would push me forward and improve my musical skills in a well-rounded fashion as I began to be more serious about piano. Douglas Anderson has in turn opened even more doors of opportunities that have led me towards a full-fledged study of music in college. Now I am a Piano Performance major entering my senior year at Florida State University. Thanks to the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus, I have learned how to efficiently discipline myself in rehearsal time through focus and goal-making, I have made lasting friendships with people my age who love music as much as I do, I have performed in outstanding venues alongside professionals, and I am more aware of the direction my life is taking me in regards to my career in music. I am very excited for the future as I am becoming the musician that I have dreamed of becoming, and I am so thankful to Mr. Darren Dailey and the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus for their huge influence on making that dream a wonderful reality.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Being a member of the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus has opened many doors of opportunities that have shaped me into the musician I am today. I first joined the JCC as an elementary student. Singing with other kids from all sorts of backgrounds caused me to come out of my shell and not be timid to meet new people. What further built my confidence was that all those peers took their musical growth very seriously. The connections and friendships formed have encouraged me to keep on singing and playing piano. JCC gave me the privilege of singing with choirs from all over the nation on the stages of Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York. JCC has also broadened my artistic experiences through performances with a full orchestra, collegiate choirs, and professional dancers. In fact, these all happened before I started high school. I’m incredibly grateful to have experienced high-level musical training in this capacity at a young age. Though I was no longer a member after junior high, I carried JCC’s influence into my high school years. I had met several students in JCC who attended Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, and I greatly admired their skills and drive for developing these skills. My experiences with the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus helped me decide to move from the private school I had been attending since kindergarten to the prestigious public arts school that would push me forward and improve my musical skills in a well-rounded fashion as I began to be more serious about piano. Douglas Anderson has in turn opened even more doors of opportunities that have led me towards a full-fledged study of music in college. Now I am a Piano Performance major entering my senior year at Florida State University. Thanks to the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus, I have learned how to efficiently discipline myself in rehearsal time through focus and goal-making, I have made lasting friendships with people my age who love music as much as I do, I have performed in outstanding venues alongside professionals, and I am more aware of the direction my life is taking me in regards to my career in music. I am very excited for the future as I am becoming the musician that I have dreamed of becoming, and I am so thankful to Mr. Darren Dailey and the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus for their huge influence on making that dream a wonderful reality.

1 Bella Godiva S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I absolutely loved every minute of my time with the Jacksonville Children's Chorus. I spent two years with the Treble Choir and one year in Concert Choir and learned so much! The audition process was quick and easy and they were able to place me in the choir level that would challenge me but also not overwhelm me. The JCC taught me how to sing properly, how to look professional while performing, the different parts of the voice, music theory, and most importantly how to sight read music. I recently started piano lessons and was able to skip several books because I already knew so much about music theory from my time with the JCC! Not only did I learn a lot, I made friends with other kids from all walks of life and had amazing experiences that I would never have had the chance to be a part of on my own. I got to sing with Amy Grant, the Voca People, Kristin Chenoweth, travel to Charleston for the Spoleto Music Festival, and sing the National Anthem at Altel Stadium before a Jags game! And that's just to name a few. The professionalism I learned through the JCC also prepared me for singing professionally on my own. I have been privileged to record music for various local singers, I won a national talent competition through Miss American Coed pageants for singing, I passed an audition to sing the National Anthem for the Jumbo Shrimp and recently made it into the finals for Jacksonville's "Oh Say Can You Sing" competition. The JCC gave me the tools and confidence I needed to continue to pursue singing. I am so thankful for the time I was able to spend with the JCC and for the amazing directors and staff who believed in me and inspired a deep love for music within me. If you love to sing, go audition for the JCC! You won't regret it!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a child I was constantly singing. I found a wonderful home with the JCC. The artistry and musical expertise of the staff is impeccable and I would recommend this organization to any child and family who enjoys making and listening to music.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Jacksonville Children’s Chorus is a dynamic organization which nurtures students while providing the highest level of music education. Students who are affiliated with the children’s chorus are able to sight read challenging music, perform with confidence, and contribute musical leadership to any ensemble. Their concerts leave audiences moved, touched and inspired. The Jacksonville Children’s Chorus also has a generous scholarship program to assist students in need. This leadership of this organization will not settle for anything less than excellence and has obtained national recognition for is achievements.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Jacksonville Children's Chorus has helped our daughter to discover the joy of music. Mr. Dailey and the staff at JCC continue to provide the singers of choir with the highest standards while training every young singer to develop discipline, courage, and confidence. Thank you JCC for providing our daughter with an experience that she will treasure for the rest of her life.
Sonia and Will Folsom
(Parents of a JCC singer)

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great concert last night at the Fine Arts Center at University of Florida by the Jacksonville Children's Chorus (Darren Dailey is President and Artistic Director) celebrating Women in Song. First act saw performances from all different age groups of the JCC; the first act was concluded by the world premier of "I will sing to the stars", music composed by Michael John Trotta around three poems from Sara Teasdale, Joy, Pease and Dusk. I usually don't know what to expect from commissioned pieces like this one as some of them are trying to hard. This one hit it on all levels though- beautiful text embedded in wonderful melodies and arrangements. Kudos to JCC! The second act saw Christina Bianco, You tube sensation and Girl of a thousand voices. That I had no idea about, but beat my expectations by far! The final piece saw Bianco and members of the JCC united on stage performing Aretha Franklin's "Respect". Not only did they perform wonderfully, but the stage choreography was top notch. I loved that second stage set back with another group of JCC members where in the beginning, one could only see their silhouettes until later on when all the lights were on them (think Elvis in that 1968 TV special). Very reminiscent of the 1960s rock and pop TV shows back then! Kudos!

2 Christine Plonski S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been following the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus for quite some time. I have known Darren for many years since his days in New Jersey when I encouraged him to conduct the Central Jersey Intermediate New Jersey Honors Choir. Since then I have watched him become one of the most talented accomplished and knowledgeable children’s choir directors in the country which also makes the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus as the artistic director and conductor, one of the top children ‘s choirs in the country.
The children perform a wide variety of repertoire- many styles of music- many composers from a lot of different time periods- many different genres.
When the children sing you hear beautiful blend; pitch accuracy; wonderful breath control and phrasing; rhythm and note accuracy. The best part of their singing is that they sing from their hearts - Darren has taught them how to truly express WHAT they are singing with passion- the passion and love that he has for music! That is what makes this Chorus so special - their musical expression is really exceptional!
The children are given unique opportunities to travel many wonderful places to be able to perform. They will have memories of a lifetime!
I am sure under Darren’s direction the chorus will continue to achieve excellence and offer the children many more wonderful performance opportunities!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son Alex has always loved to be the best and associate with the best, and he is thriving in the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus. At 12 years old, he learned of the JCC and immediately wanted to audition. He is a dedicated musician, and wants to be a professional violinist when he grows up. I was surprised he wanted to audition because he had never thought that singing was “cool”. He even paid for his tuition from his own savings along with receiving a generous scolarship from the chorus. His instinct was right on.

Over the course of just one season, Alex’s musicianship has skyrocketed; specifically with note reading, harmony, and independent learning. Because of how they are taught to sing and read, the kids don’t depend on the instructor to feed them each pitch and rhythm. To my knowledge, this skill isn’t something that is typically acquired until the college level, and so I feel that Alex is miles ahead of most kids his age. Of course this skill spills over into his life in the youth symphony and violin practice.

Socially, Alex is totally comfortable and confident in his love for classical music and choral music because he is surrounded by mentors and friends that are passionate and successful in what he loves. He knows the JCC is full of people that are at the top of their game. There is such a team spirit; a sense of family in the JCC.

The JCC is a doorway to many experiences that will shape Alex’s formative years and we are proud to be a part of this organization. We are impressed with the high expectations, the structure, the efficiency, the fantastic communication, and the perfessionalism of the JCC. It’s worth the time and financial investment; Alex is growing into an amazing young man that we are proud of; much of which is due to the JCC.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Such a wonderful experience interacting with this organization. There work is dedicated to using music as the means to create positive change in the lives of young people and the community at large.

I was thrilled to have an opportunity to work closely with the staff of the Jacksonville Children's Chorus on a new collaborative work to celebrate the centennial of Sara Teasdale being the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in poetry. For this the organization created a project that would commentate this important event with a concert of music dedicated to women artists, poets, and composers.

Moreover, as a professional in the field who works with over 100 choirs in a year, this group displays a passion, dedication, and level of excellence that is admirable and sets a high standard of excellence.

Many thanks to Darren Dailey, the staff and the choir for their dedication to making the world a better place through music.

7 Victoria Lee S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been in love with music since I was 3 years old . When my mom was able to get a scholarship for me to attend the Jacksonville children’s chorus I was ecstatic . I first trained with Mrs . Virginia Dickert and she was amazing . She was always so sweet and made learning music so much fun with all of her cool instruments and spunky personality. Then I had the pleasure of working with Mr . Dailey and got to learn so many different types of genres of music and music in different languages, even got to sing with some amazing artists like the Trans Siberian Orchestra , David Holt , Return to zero , The African childrens chorus , and many more . Mr Dailey always made it comfortable to go to him if I didn’t know how to pronounce a word or I couldn’t get something quite right and always knew what to say and how to fix it . I thank God everyday for the opportunity I had to be in the Jacksonville Children’s choir alongside some of the most beautiful voices I’ve ever heard including mrs dickert and mr Dailey themselves . I am now 22 years old and have auditioned for shows like The Voice and America’s Got Talent and I wouldn’t know anything I know about music if it wasn’t for The Jacksonville Children’s chorus . Thank you for everything and I hope one day my children will join and love it just as much as I did .

2 Reahna Faith R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi, my name is Reahna. I have been a singer in the Jacksonville Childrens Chorus for going on my second year. My Experience has been simply amazing. While singing in the chorus, I have learned the proper techniques to use when singing. Furthermore, I have learned the importance of time management, responsibility, and keeping up with a commitment. I have also received many opportunities such as performing in many venues around Jacksonville and even traveling to Oregon for the Pacific International Choral Festival. I am grateful for the staff at JCC for a variety of reasons. They are willing to accommodate for my needs as a person who is blind. I have been able to learn how to read music alongside my peers because they've provided me with a book for sight reading that is in braille. They teach me the choreography for concerts as well. I've done a lot of great things through this organization and I'm excited to continue learning.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank You J.C.C

When we moved to Jacksonville in 2014, we wanted to ensure that our daughters were going to be able to continue to be supported in their love of music. In looking on the internet,we discovered the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus. We were truly impressed with the J.C.C. As our oldest daughter's great musical love is voice, we only hoped that she would be lucky enough to succeed with an audition.

Our wishes came true, and JCC has been a wonderful gift to our daughter and to us. The musical opportunities that she has been given have been extraordinary, the instruction, the commitment and the discipline she has learned are priceless. And, to top it all off she has had the opportunity to perform on stage with Kristin Chenoweth, The American Boychoir, the Hampton University Choir and will travel to Rome this winter to sing at a Papal Mass.

The outcomes from the JCC for our daughter are much more than the performances. Character development is really the greatest outcome. Through the sense of professionalism that pervades all aspects of the chorus, she has become a stronger leader, a better friend, and of course a better musician. As she begins the college search process, we know that these strengths will serve her well in college and in life.

We can’t thank Darren Dailey, and the entire Jacksonville Children’s Chorus organization, enough for the gifts they have given to our daughter, our family, and to Jacksonville.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been apart of the JCC for 7 years and I have loved it. I really feel it is like my second family. I have grown so much in the choir both in music and in character.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Josue will start his 4th year next year with JCC. The Jacksonville Children's Choir have teach him not only how to sing but also has helped him develop his confidence and believe in himself. The whole staff are well prepare professionals who dedicate their lives to teach music to the kids and develop them in all facets of live. We are proud and grateful of being part of the JCC family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience in the JCC has been nothing short of amazing. From my growth as a musician, the relationships I have made, and the experiences I have had throughout this journey, I can honestly say that the Jacksonville Children Chorus is the best organization I have been a part of. When I started out in the JCC, I was not very good, but I knew I loved to sing. During our first concert, I saw the Touring choir for the first time and knew that I was gonna get into that choir. Now, five years later, I am going into my second year in touring choir and I have grown exponentially as a musician. I have also made many friendships that will last even when I graduate. Everyone in the choir has become my extended family. I have had so many experiences in this choir I will never forget. Whether it be the many places I have gotten to travel, the funny moments during rehearsal, or the times we spend discussing the meanings of songs, I have many lasting memories throughout my years in the choir. Overall, I am so lucky to be apart of this group, and am look forward to many more years in the JCC.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter is going into her fifth year as a member of the JCC. It all started one summer when she noticed one of their billboards asking "Do you know a child who likes to sing?"
She has enjoyed a journey that goes beyond anything I could have dreamed up for my daughter. The JCC has provided her with the opportunity to develop her vocal talent while teaching her professional life skills that she will carry with her. She has had the opportunity to sing at numerous events throughout the city of Jacksonville.
As her vocal abilities have grown she has been promoted through the ranks to the elite touring choir. This has given her the opportunity to represent our city in many nation's abroad.
As a single mom with many children, including two with special needs, I have been unable to afford the entire cost of tuition which would allow her to continue participating with this amazing group. It is only because of the generous donation of others that my daughter is able to continue along this journey.
The JCC is now a large part of who my daughter is. She has developed friendships through the mutual love of music that will last for a lifetime. I have seen my daughter willingly sacrifices other "more fun" high school opportunities because she has a commitment to her part as a member of the JCC.
The JCC is one of the most professional children's organization that I have had the privilege to be involved with. My daughter's life has been changed for the better the moment she began her journey with Mr. Dailey and his amazing staff.
I am so grateful that my daughter continued to remind me that summer five years ago that "I knew a child who liked to sing".

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I sang for this choir for about 4 years while growing up. It gave me so much love and joy. The Director, Darren, became like family. He cares so much and teaches each and every child patience. I would get discouraged but he would be there to show me that with the proper techniques, I too had a voice. I started the same year he did with the choir and I remember how small and unique the bond was between all of us singers. I have many life lasting bonds with the people I got to sing with and so many beautiful memories of us traveling. We got to sing at Carnigie Hall, Lincoln Center, and so many wonderful places. I remember we were doing a holocuast concert and Darren wanted to make sure we knew and felt what we were singing. He took us to a holocaust museum in tampa and we talked to a survivor... That trip truly touched us and in that concert, I felt we had the most heart. If you know of a child who loves to sing, this is a wonderful group to have them join. I loved every moment and experience and I am personallyh, forever gratefull for Darren never giving up on me!

3 sincere.sonata

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It has been such a joy to work for the Jacksonville Children's Chorus for the past 6 years. The level of musicianship and standard of excellence the students are held to is unparalleled and refreshing. The artistic product is polished and professional. I love how the chorus is always looking for ways to expand their audience by offering concerts of all genres and styles. The chorus is a model for other choral organizations that also hope to bring music and culture to the city. So many students are served from all walks of life and all parts of the city. I can't wait to see what's ahead!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter is finishing her third year in JCC. The musical directors she has worked with are at the top of their field. The amount of growth I have in seen my daughter not only musically but personally has been tremendous. As she matures and her voice develops she has learned breath support, pitch control, sight singing, pitch recognition, as well as singing in multiple languages. Personally she has learned how to be part of a team as well as the dedication, sacrifice and hard work that is required to be successful.

4 leitchd

Client Served

Rating: 5

Of all the organizations I have been a part of in Jacksonville, the Jacksonville Children's Chorus has been the best experience for any of my three children. My daughter has not only developed refined vocal skills, she has grown in all aspects of her life. She had learned that hard work, dedication, and perseverance has great rewards. The JCC has provided her an opportunity to travel abroad and experience cultures in many countries. She has also been able to perform with and meet A-list performers. The staff is always encouraging and helping her to develop into a young women who is prepared to succeed at whatever she chooses in this world. I highly recommend the Jacksonville Children's Chorus for any child who loves to sing!!!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

After three years at JCC we have seen such a growth with our son Mac (11) - He loves their personages at amazing locations, his vocal coaches, experiences and friends he has made and above all their professionalism.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been a member of JCC for almost 4 years now. She has risen in choir levels and has really developed her talents. The instructors she has worked with have been so talented and supportive. My daughter loves to sing but is not a natural performer. That being said, she LOVES singing in concerts and is so proud of herself after every performance. She has learned so much, has gotten to see some amazing artists, and is looking forward to the opportunities she will have with the chorus in the future.

3 Alyssa29

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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.

3

Former staff

Rating: 5

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!

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

3

Advisor

Rating: 5

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.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Jacksonville Children's Chorus is a wonderful organization with an equally wonderful leader and team. The unwavering commitment demonstrated for young people and their families is evidence of their staunch effort to continue investing in our community. We are fortunate to have the JCC in our city!

Ywana Allen, Consultant & Strategist

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter has been a member for 8 years now. This is such an awesome organization for singers. She has had so many great opportunities thru JCC. She has traveled to NYC, Ireland, Alaska, Italy and this year the trip is to Germany and Baltic Sea.
She has made friends for life and has gained self confidence. I love the JCC!

2 Millicent S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Jacksonville Children’s Chorus is made up of singers from diverse cultures and backgrounds that work together for the common goal of making beautiful music. These young people share a love of singing and learn the importance of teamwork. They are exposed to quality music, performance opportunities and bonding experiences that are life changing.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have watched the evolution of the Jacksonville Children's Chorus for more than twenty years. The organization serves a more diverse group of students than ever before, and their musicianship is of highest caliber thanks to the skilled choral directorship of Darren Dailey. There's a choir for every child, with opportunities for them to grow as musicians and professional performers.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What an amazing group this is! I am a music professor at Florida State University and the director of the Latin music group Cuarteto del Sur, which was featured in a recent JCC concert at Jacoby. We were astounded by the professionalism and verve of the kids, and most of all by their incredible versatility as they took ownership of an eclectic and exciting program spanning styles and traditions from rumba and reggae to tango and tap. No small amount of credit is due to JCC's talented and charismatic director, Darren Dailey, who maintains the highest standards while always keeping things lively and fun for the kids--well, for everyone! I'll be back for another concert with the Chorus this fall--this time with the Grammy-recognized intercultural ensemble Omnimusica. Can't wait to work with Darren and the gang once again!

Dr. Michael Bakan
Professor of Ethnomusicology
Head of World Music Ensembles
College of Music
Florida State University

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our daughter has had a wonderful experience being a member of the Jacksonville Children's Chorus. In almost two years, we have seen her significantly increase her knowledge of music and music theory, build meaningful relationships with her peers and adults, and develop study habits that have helped her improve academically. Though there is something for everyone, serious students are given the opportunity to learn from the best!

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have followed JCC for 10 years and have always been impressed by their quality product, excellent leadership, and the difference they make in the lives of youth. Their growth over the last few years speaks not only to the desire of young people to learn and perform music, but also the careful stewardship of their leadership.

2 Hope17

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has brought so much oppportunity into the life of my Son: Character development, self discipline and a sense of pride in himself!

2 Virginia30

Former staff

Rating: 5

My daughter sang with the JCC back when there were only about 25 singers total. I was thrilled when the small chorus was invited to sing in New York at Carnegie Hall. As a music educator I knew the JCC had incredible potential and over the next few years I decided to volunteer in a variety of ways. Finally I was asked to conduct one of the groups and that is also when Darren Dailey came to be the Artistic and Executive Director. I've never seen such growth in an organization in such a short time! Darren immediately figured out how to make the Chorus improve and grow. His knowledge of music, conducting and leadership skills have taken the JCC from being a small local choir and built it into a nationally-recognized children's chorus. Over the years it's been a joy to watch kids who could hardly stand still on a riser --- grow to become confident, professional, talented musicians, singing and dancing on stage. They've traveled and performed all over the world! If you have a child who loves to sing, please invest in the music education of your child. Studies have proven that singing in a choir improves your total being, physically and emotionally. I've also seen children's grades improve and confidence soar as a result of singing with the Jacksonville Children's Chorus. Call the Chorus today to schedule an audition for your child!

2

Former staff

Rating: 5

The Jacksonville Children's Chorus is an excellent organization. As a former staff member, I've seen firsthand how the JCC strives to run an organization for children to learn choral music, responsibility, self discipline, and make new friends, to name a few. I've heard from many people who hear the children perform for the first time or multiple times that the children are very professional and are great representatives of the JCC in the community. These are experiences and life lessons that the children will take with them as adults.