2019 Alumni Merit Award from Westminster Choir College Alumni Council to be Awarded to Darren Dailey
Jacksonville Children's Chorus President and Artistic Director Darren Dailey, to receive the 2019 Alumni Merit Award from Westminster Choir College Alumni Council at the Alumni Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 17 from 12:00-12:45 pm in Bristol Chapel.
The Alumni Merit Award is presented to graduates who have distinguished themselves in the greater musical community, building upon the foundation established at Westminster Choir College.
In addition to receiving this honor, Dailey is also the recipient of the 2014 Reinhold Foundation Outstanding Executive Director Award and serves on the Jacksonville University College of Fine Arts Advisory Board, Dailey has served as guest conductor in Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, and the ACDA Honor Choir in Seattle.
As a founding artistic director of the Boston Children's Chorus, Dailey and his chorus performed at the 2004 Democratic Convention, appeared as the host chorus on the television special, "Raising the Roof: A Celebration of the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Song," broadcasted nationally on WGN, and performed internationally in Japan.
When asked about receiving this prestigious award, Dailey had this to say, "I am pleased, honored and humbled to accept this award and to join past recipients who I have long admired and respected." Dailey continued by saying, "Many years ago...when I was in second grade, I remember so distinctly the impact of my elementary music teacher Rodney Somerville a WCC grad and learning about beautiful music – and being asked to sing solo for the class. At that young age, I was touched by the commitment to excellence in teaching and artistry. Here I am 45 years later, being honored for what was instilled in me at 7 years old - artistry and excellence in teaching young people to sing. I look forward to the day when one of our JCC alumni receives such an award."
Dailey joined the JCC in 2008. Under his leadership, the chorus has grown to serve over 1,000 first coast children annually with five core performance choirs, multiple satellite rehearsal locations, and outreach centers throughout the region.
About the Jacksonville Children's Chorus
The Jacksonville Children's Chorus was founded in 1995 by then Jacksonville University President, Dr. Francis B. Kinne to fill a need for a children's music program in Northeast Florida. Since inception, The JCC has developed into one of Jacksonville's most important providers of music education, enriching the lives of singers and audiences across the region. Because music education is crucial to a child's development, the JCC offers partial or full scholarship to any child who wishes to sing, regardless of the family's ability to pay. The scholarship program is funded solely through donations and ensures diversity in membership. The JCC has developed into one of Jacksonville's most important providers of music education, enriching the lives of singers and audiences across the region.
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