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!
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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".
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!
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!
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.