Dr. Cara Tasher, Director of Choral Activities
Choral music is a tradition that fosters community-building, cooperation, harmony and personal satisfaction among participants of diverse backgrounds and skills, with the human voice being the common denominator.
The University of North Florida choral department is led by Dr. Cara Tasher, Director of Choral Activities since 2006. Read full biography.
The program offers four ensembles to qualified students, staff, faculty and community members. Each ensemble provides singers with training to improve sight-reading and vocal skills as well as the opportunity to study voice privately.
Sachiko Frampton, Collaborative Keyboard Artist 2018-2019
Sachiko Frampton started her career as a professional collaborative pianist soon after she began studying at the high school division of Musashino Academia Musicae, a conservatory in Tokyo, Japan. She studied piano under Yoko Minagawa and Takashi Kawasaki, and collaborative piano under Penka Badev. Until she moved to the United States with her family, she performed numerous recitals as a collaborative pianist and played for many master classes and competitions. She also traveled throughout the nation as a pianist with the percussion ensemble Group Woods for performance and outreach program.
Before she moved to Jacksonville in 2012, she worked in Arizona as a collaborative pianist for Grand Canyon University, high schools in the greater Phoenix area and for the State Convention of Choral Directors of Arizona. Here in Jacksonville, she holds the position of collaborative pianist for the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus and has traveled extensively for performances in Europe with the chorus. She most recently joined University of North Florida school of music as a staff pianist for voice studios.
Chamber Singers, Chorale, 5 o'clock Singing Ospreys and Osprey Treble Chorus offer diverse musical selections, remarkable student conductor opportunities and include the highest percentage of non-music majors. On occasion, student-led a cappella groups emerge from within. Placement in an ensemble entails a short voice placement.
Highlights of the choral calendar include the September Peace Concert, Jacksonville SINGS! High School Honor Invitational, Osprey Choral Showcases, Handel’s Messiah, Sing into Spring and the Spring Choral Masterwork. Recent masterworks performed by UNF ensembles include Beethoven Missa Solemnis and Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and Bach St. John’s Passion, Cantata 140 Wachet Auf, Motet Jesu meine Freude, Brahms Requiem, Mozart Requiem and Orff Carmina Burana in collaboration with the UNF Orchestra, Lawson Ensemble and other talented forces. In recent years, UNF singers have worked with Simon Carrington, Chanticleer, Simon Halsey, Joey Martin, Gene Peterson, Eugene Rogers, and Sandra Snow. In the coming year, choristers will work with Eric Whitacre and Bob Chilcott, adding to an already impressive list of internationally acclaimed guest conductors and clinicians.
The ensembles have performed with the Yuval Ron Ensemble, at the 2013 State American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA) conference, the 2014 Southern Division ACDA Convention, with the Royal Philharmonic in 2009, and frequently with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Aside from regional performances, the UNF choral groups have visited Italy, Portugal and South Africa during international performance tours.
In all of their endeavors, members of the choral ensembles work to deeply understand the music they sing and the cultures from which it comes. Singers perform with the highest artistic standards and find tremendous joy in making the music come alive.