The 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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Ted 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.
Accompanist – Esther Kirkham
Esther 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.
Board of Directors
President – Kathy Barnwell
Boards Members At Large
* Denotes Section Leaders
Erin M. Gawera
Sally Pitzer *
Carol Lynn Calvert*
Joanne P. Liberty