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The North Florida Women's Chorale was founded in 1992 by Dr. M.J. Palmer, director of the UNF Choral Department, as an auditioned organization for the purpose of promoting the performance of music written for women's voices. 

Since its founding in 1992, the North Florida Women’s Chorale has attracted talent from the Jacksonville, Beaches and St. Augustine areas.  Musicians with diverse professional backgrounds, including public relations, medicine, sales and education have all graced our ranks.  Its 20 year history has seen 5 conductors:  Dr. M. J. Palmer (1992-1998),  Dr. Carl Peters, (1998-2002), Joel Colsant (2002-2004), Dr. Ted Mathews (2004-2006), and Kerry Fradley, (from 2006).  

For the 20th Anniversary Celebration Concert on April 27, 2013, the Chorale presented the premiere performance of “Listening”, based on the poem by Amy Lowell, Pulitzer prize-winning poet.  The original commissioned piece by Dawn Sonntag, for the occasion of our 20thAnniversary Season, was premiered at the Community Presbyterian Church in Atlantic Beach, followed by a Reception honoring our past, with 4 out of 5 former Music Directors present!

The Women's Chorale has made several concert tours in the U.S including Washington D. C in 2010, Chicago with noted conductor Rollo Dilworth and Atlanta. 
  • 2015 - Summerville S.C.
  • 2013 - Biltmore Estate, Asheville, N.C.
  • 2013 - St. Matthias Episcopal Church, Asheville, N.C.
  • 2010 - Washington, D.C.
  • 2007– Performed Jacksonville Community Choral Festival.
  • 2006– Chicago Musical Workshop Tour with notable music composer and conductor Rollo Dilworth.
  • 2002- Cathedral Basilica in St. Augustine for the organ fund benefit.




Painting by Connie Wood

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