About JMC

Dr. Mark StallingsThe Jacksonville Masterworks Chorale was founded in 1990 by choral director Wayne Bailey, and was initially an outreach of the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. In 1993, the JMC was invited to join The Bolles School’s cultural outreach program, which developed into a strong relationship lasting until 1998, when Mr. Bailey resigned to further his education.  Directed the following year by Claire Scott, the JMC next hired Jim Taylor, the enthusiastic founder of the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus. Two years later, Jim left to take choral music to the Colorado mountains, and Wayne Bailey became Musical Director once again.  In 2002 Wayne Bailey retired and the JMC asked Dr. Mark Stallings to become our esteemed director.  His 15 years of direction ended in 2016 when he too retired.

Now in its 26th year and under the direction of Ted Munn, the JMC is comprised of choral enthusiasts who love rehearsing and performing masterpieces of choral literature. These performances have included works by composers such as Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Handel, Britten, Rutter, Bernstein, Thompson, Vaughan Williams and Duruflé. The JMC has appeared in numerous places of worship in the Jacksonville area, and has shared the stage with notable area choruses, including the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus, the Florida Community College choruses, and the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus. In addition, the JMC performed at Rollins College in Orlando for an American Choral Directors Association competition.

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Director – Ted Munn

Dr. Mark StallingsTed Munn is thrilled to be moving to the podium in front of the Jacksonville Masterworks Chorale after twelve years as accompanist for the group.  He is a graduate of Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, NJ where he studied choral technique with James Jordan, Allen Crowell, & Melanie Jacobson.  While a member of the Westminster Symphonic Choir he had the opportunity to sing with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.  He also sang with the Westminster Singers, a group that specialized in lighter musical fare and jazz, and he rang with the Westminster Handbell Choir.  After receiving his Masters of Sacred Music degree from Westminster he worked as choirmaster at churches around the country including in Los Angeles and in Atlanta.  He has been the Director of Music and Worship at Avondale United Methodist Church since 1998 where he has led a well-rounded program of childrens choirs, handbell choirs, praise bands, and traditional choral ensembles.

When he is not leading music he is busy at home with Reggie, his husband of eighteen years and his twelve year old son, Dylan.  Four rescued dogs and four rescued cats are also a part of the family.  He is a big fan of Broadway musicals and tries to get to New York City as often as he can to see new releases.  Ted also loves to travel and recently created a trip around northen Europe that included visits to Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Scotland, England, and France.

 

Accompanist – Esther Kirkham

EstEsther Kirkham moved to the Jacksonville area in September of 2010 and soon after joined Jacksonville Masterworks Chorale as an alto.  Formerly she was the organist at First Presbyterian Church in Boca Raton, Florida, where she served for 17 years.   She is presently the organist at Geneva Presbyterian Church in Switzerland, Florida.  She earned her B.A. with a major in music from Malone University in Canton, Ohio, and her M.M. in applied organ from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.  Additional organ study was done under Diane Bish at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Ft. Lauderdale and additional piano study with Judith Burganger of Florida Atlantic University.  She presently serves on the Executive Board of the Jacksonville American Guild of Organists.

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Board of Directors

President – Kathy Barnwell
Vice President – Amanda Dandy
Treasurer – Stephanie Doerr
Secretary – Suna Hall
Membership – Laura D’Alisera
Librarian – Gina Fish

Boards Members At Large

John Owen
Chris Doerr
Joanne Liberty

 

2016-2017 Singers

* Denotes Section Leaders

SOPRANO
Kathy Barnwell
Ruchel Broadman
Debbie Carter
Amanda Dandy
Stephanie Doerr
Julie Garmendia
Erin M. Gawera
Shirley Hartman
Sharon Kaczmarczyk
Laura Osofsky
Sally Pitzer *
Bonnie Ringler
Nancy Suellau
Catherine Wolf
ALTO
Helen Benjamin
Serena Bloomfield
Carol Lynn Calvert*
Laura D’Alisera
Gina Fish
Suna Hall
Esther Kirkham
Susan Letizia
Joanne P. Liberty
Dorothea Luytjes
Donna O’Brien
TENOR
Julie Cross
Steve DeVidal*
Wayne Letzia
Matthew Take
Mark Walter

BASS
Terry Gotwalt
David Huh*
Ken Kutch
Timothy J Mack
John Owen