Jacksonville Children’s Chorus
Filling the Heart of Our City with Song
By Susan D. Brandenburg
Just as he passionately directs each member of the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus (JCC) with care and concern, President and Artistic Director Darren Dailey has been intimately instrumental in helping to design the chorus’s spectacular new downtown headquarters.
“This wonderful space would not have been possible without the support of VyStar Credit Union and our generous donors,” says Dailey, as he conducts a tour of the new headquarters, designed by Dasher Hurst Architects, at 62 North Main Street next to VyStar Credit Union’s Forsyth Street Parking Garage.
Truly in the heart of Jacksonville, the JCC headquarters inspires artistic expression immediately as visitors are greeted by the dramatic red sculpture at the entrance, “SING!” That is just the beginning of a unique sensory and musical adventure. “Auditions Today” reads a sign by the front door, and, according to Dailey, while auditions are by appointment only, they can sometimes occur unexpectedly.
“We are community-driven and family-oriented,” says Dailey, “and sometimes that involves welcoming a family of seven who just happen by here, see our bright red sculpture, and have several children clamoring to sing. We turn no one away.”