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LETU Fine Arts Director To Conduct Choir He Founded in 1995 in Florida


01-16-2020

jim-taylor.jpgLeTourneau University Director of Fine Arts Dr. Jim Taylor will conduct the Honors Choir Festival for the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus on Saturday, Jan. 25, celebrating the 25th anniversary for the children’s community chorus he founded in 1995 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Today, the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus comprises 350 singers in five choirs and encompasses many other children through outreach programs, having grown from its first year with only 16 singers, recruited during rush hour announcements on a local public radio station.  The Touring Choir has since performed in Italy, Ireland, Greece, Canada, Eastern Europe, and is the official children’s chorus of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. 

Taylor said he decided to start the chorus after he moved to Jacksonville in 1995 and learned the city of a million residents had no community children’s chorus.

Five years later, Taylor had conducted the chorus, which had grown to 100 children’s voices by then, to perform at all major Jacksonville venues, at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Jaguars stadium, and at three festivals at Carnegie Hall in New York City.  When Taylor moved from the area, he passed leadership on to others. For more information on the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus see https://www.jaxchildrenschorus.org/.

LeTourneau University is the Christian polytechnic university in the nation where educators engage students to nurture Christian virtue, develop competency and ingenuity in their professional fields, integrate faith and work, and serve the local and global community. LETU offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs across a range of disciplines and delivery models at LETU’s residential campus in Longview, Texas, hybrid options at centers in the Dallas and Houston areas and fully online programs. For additional information, visit www.letu.edu.


Categories: Fine Arts