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Press Release for Monday, September 12, 2016

UNF School of Music Hosts Annual Jacksonville Sings!

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2102

 The School of Music at the University of North Florida is hosting the sixth annual Jacksonville Sings!, an annual event that features high school choral singers from all over the state and beyond from Thursday, Sept. 22, to Saturday, Sept. 24, on the UNF campus.

Over the three days, nearly 250 high school students from over 30 high schools in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina as well as 100 college students will experience a small taste of the Osprey life in general and enjoy firsthand the personal attention and world-class instruction received by UNF students in the School of Music, with a voice master class, topnotch choral instruction and more.

“Jacksonville Sings! has really grown over the years. I created this event with the help of Visit Jacksonville in 2011 in order to increase the high quality of choral offerings in the Northeast Florida region,” said Dr. Cara Tasher, director of choral activities at UNF. “UNF is thrilled to host some of the brightest and talented voices on our campus during this three-day event.”

During the yearly event, the public will have an opportunity to attend two concerts. The UNF Showcase Concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, in the Lazzara Performance Hall in the Fine Arts Center, Building 45, featuring the UNF Chorale, Wind Symphony, UNF student soloists as well as tenor Dr. James Hall, associate professor of voice, and critically praised pianist Lynne Arriale, professor of piano.

The Invitational Honor Chorus Finale Concert, with guest conductor Eric Whitacre, will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, in the Lazzara Performance Hall. Grammy-winning composer and conductor Whitacre is one of the most popular musicians of his generation. Come see him in action while he leads talented students in this special concert.

Whitacre’s concert music has been performed throughout the world by millions of amateur and professional musicians alike, while his ground-breaking virtual choirs have united singers from over 110 different countries. A graduate of the prestigious Juilliard School of Music, he was recently appointed Artist in Residence with the Los Angeles Master Chorale having completed a five-year term as Composer in Residence at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University, in the United Kingdom.

As conductor of the Eric Whitacre Singers, Whitacre has released several chart-topping albums, including 2011’s bestselling “Light and Gold.” A sought after guest conductor, he has conducted choral and instrumental concerts around the globe, including sold-out concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra.

The cost for both concerts is $10 and tickets can be ordered at If you wish to be an auditor and observe Saturday morning as well as afternoon rehearsals, voice masterclass and evening Finale Concert, the cost is $25. Visit to purchase a ticket. For more information, contact Dr. Cara Tasher, director of choral activities at UNF, at or at (904) 620-3839.

The UNF School of Music brings a focused commitment to excellence and the artistic and intellectual preparation of music students. It aims to provide a high level of professional musical training that is relevant to musicians pursuing musical careers in the 21st century.

UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.