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Jax Daily Record Wednesday, Jul. 27, 202211:04 AM EST

Jacksonville Children’s Chorus moving to VyStar garage Downtown

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The nonprofit plans to begin rehearsals this year in a street-level space along Forsyth Street.
by: Max Marbut Associate Editor

The Jacksonville Children’s Chorus is moving its headquarters to a 6,000-square-foot ground-floor space at VyStar Credit Union’s new parking garage under construction along Forsyth Street Downtown.

“We are excited to welcome the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus to this space and look forward to the additional energy and creativity they will bring downtown,” VyStar President and CEO Brian Wolfburg said in a news release.

“When we started this project, one of the goals was to contribute to the ongoing revitalization in the area, but the added bonus of children being able to benefit from this new facility is really a dream come true.”

VyStar Credit Union’s new parking garage under construction at Laura and Forsyth streets Downtown.

In 2020, the chorus moved from its previous Downtown location in a building adjacent to St. Johns Cathedral to Arlington in a shared space with The Florida Ballet.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity for the Chorus to have a state-of-the-art facility specifically designed for children and choral music. This could not have been possible without the tremendous support from VyStar and our generous donors,” President and Artistic Director Darren Dailey said in the release.

The chorus plans to begin rehearsing and performing in its new location by Jan. 1. 

VyStar’s philanthropic involvement in the arts also includes sponsorships of the Jacksonville Arts & Music School, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and Florida State College at Jacksonville’s Artist Series Broadway in Jacksonville.

The Jacksonville Children’s Chorus performs in June at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France during its 2022 Western Mediterranean Sea Tour.

Founded in 1995, the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus is Jacksonville’s largest provider of music education.

The nonprofit’s mission is to provide choral music education for children of diverse backgrounds, fostering teamwork, self-discipline, accomplishment and pride while filling a cultural need in the community and sharing the art form through live performances.

Visit jaxchildrenschorus.org to learn more.

The chorus plans to begin rehearsing and performing in its new location by Jan. 1.

 

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