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Jones High School Foundation<br />

The Mission<br />

Founded in 1993 and incorporated in 2000 as an IRS <strong>50</strong>1(c)(3) charitable not-for-profit corporation, the Jones High<br />

School Foundation’s (<strong>JHS</strong>F) mission is to fund and support empowerment programs for the students, faculty, families<br />

and administration of Jones High School. Specifically, the <strong>JHS</strong>F focuses on enhancing the academic and enrichment<br />

programs at Jones High School (<strong>JHS</strong>), empowering its current students and sustaining its 127 plus year legacy of<br />

producing some of the finest citizens in the state of Florida and our nation. <strong>JHS</strong> graduates are among the most<br />

distinguished leaders in the world in the fields of Science, Music, Law, Military, Entrepreneurship, Performing Arts,<br />

Education, and Athletics.<br />

The Challenges<br />

• 78% of current Jones High School students live in poverty. <strong>JHS</strong> is the highest poverty high school in Orange<br />

County Public Schools<br />

• Up to 4% of current students (70+) are homeless on a daily basis<br />

• Greater than <strong>50</strong>% of entering 9th graders are below grade level<br />

• Majority of current students have never visited a college campus nor flown on an airplane<br />

The Goal<br />

To help Jones High School “Attain and Sustain” a Grade of “A” and become one of the Top 100 High Schools in the<br />

Nation. In spite of these staggering statistics, 90% of our music programs’ students enroll into a four-year college. As<br />

a result, the <strong>JHS</strong> music programs have produced some of our nation’s most renowned citizens – Judges (including a<br />

Chief Judge), Lawyers, Doctors, Dentists, World’s Leading Ethnomusicologist, Corporate Executives, Senior Military<br />

Officers (including an admiral), Educators (including a university president, superintendent, principals, college<br />

professors, renowned teachers, renowned choir & band directors), Religious Leaders (including Bishops), University<br />

Band Director, successful Entrepreneurs, Ph.D.’s, Ed.D.’s, and Doctor of Musical Arts, etc.<br />

Board of Directors<br />

Vice ADM (Ret) David L. Brewer III, President<br />

Dr. Janice R. Choice, Vice President<br />

Yvette Beasley, Treasurer<br />

Vicki Brooks, Secretary<br />

Shirley Green Bryant<br />

Dr. Carl MaultsBy, Chair, Music Initiatives<br />

Dr. Portia Maultsby<br />

Sherry Paramore<br />

Meroy Pledge Charles-Hudson<br />

Charles Daniels<br />

Ka’Juel J. Washington, Esq.<br />

Louise Dinkins, Co-Founder

In Memoriam<br />

Mrs. Edna Sampson Hargrett-Thrower,<br />

“Mama Sugar Lump”<br />

Ms. Darlean Coleman

The Conductors<br />

Dr. Jeffery Redding<br />

Dr. Jeffery Redding, the 2019 GRAMMY Music Educator Award Recipient, is the Director of Choral Activities at the<br />

University of Central Florida. Redding has led his choirs in performances at national, regional, and state conventions of<br />

the American Choral Directors Association. His choirs have earned first place awards at Heritage Festivals of Gold in<br />

California, Chicago, New York and at the Festival of Spirituals in Washington D.C. While participating in the International<br />

Music Festival in Verona, Italy, his chorus from West Orange High School received the Gold Award for best choir, with<br />

Redding honored as top director.<br />

Nationally, Redding is in demand as a guest conductor and clinician. He has conducted the ACDA National High School<br />

Honor Choir, the Central Division ACDA Honor Choir, and the North Central Division ACDA Honor Choir, the Eastern<br />

Division ACDA Honor Choir and All-State and Honor choirs in approximately forty states. In 2014, Redding was the only<br />

American adjudicator at the International Choral Festival, Verona, Italy. Additionally, he conducted at the TAISM Festival<br />

of Choirs in Muscat, Oman. He was the Artistic Director for Limerick Sings International Choral Festival in Limerick,<br />

Ireland in 2018. In 2019, he conducted the Alaska All-State Treble Choir, the NAfME Central Regional Elementary Honor<br />

Choir, the Morehead State University Honor Choir, and the Honors Young Adults Choir, at the Sydney Opera House in<br />

Sydney, Australia. In 2020, he conducted honor choirs and festivals across the country, including Carnegie Hall. He also<br />

held the position of Artistic Director for Beethoven’s 2<strong>50</strong>th Anniversary in Vienna, Austria, and was an adjudicator for the<br />

World Choir Games in Belgium, Germany.<br />

Previously Director of Choral Activities at West Orange High School in Winter Garden, Florida and West Virginia<br />

University (WVU), Redding has been featured as guest conductor at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Kennedy Center,<br />

and Orchestra Hall on numerous occasions. He was also honored to give the prestigious TEDx Talk. He is also one of the<br />

conductors for Walt Disney World’s Candlelight Processional at EPCOT.<br />

Recognized for his achievements and service in the profession, Redding was awarded the R. Wayne Hugoboom<br />

Distinguished Service Award for dedicated service, leadership, and excellence by the Florida Chapter of ACDA.<br />

Redding is founder and Artistic Director of the Garden Community Choir and Voci del Cuore (Voices of the Heart) in<br />

Winter Garden, Florida. Redding is also the Executive & Artistic Director of the Orlando Choral Society, founded in 2019.<br />

He also serves as the Director of Worship Arts for Tuskawilla United Methodist Church. Formerly with the Moses Hogan<br />

Singers, he remains active as a singer in the professional male singing group, “Brethren.” The Jeffery Redding Passion and<br />

Purpose Choral Series is a compilation of new choral music by various composers, published by Colla Voce Music, Inc.<br />

Redding holds a Ph.D. in Choral Conducting/Music Education and a Master of Music Education, both from the Florida<br />

State University, and a B.S. in Music Education from Florida A&M University. A 1989 graduate of Jones High School,<br />

Orlando, FL, he is a member of ACDA, NAfME, FVA, NATS, and Chorus America. He has served his profession in<br />

numerous capacities, as District 8 Chair for the Florida Vocal Association (FVA), as State R&R Chair for Ethnic Music/<br />

Multicultural Affairs, R&R Chair for Youth/Student Activities, and High School Mixed Honor Choir co-chair for Florida<br />

ACDA, and as R&R Chair for Community Choirs for Southern Division ACDA. Currently, he is R&R Lifelong Coordinator<br />

(Community, Music and Worship) for Florida ACDA.

Andrea Hires Green<br />

Mrs. Andrea Hires Green is a native of Orlando, Florida. She is a product of Orange County Public Schools and a proud<br />

graduate of Jones High School (<strong>JHS</strong>), Class of 1988. After receiving a rich musical foundation under the direction of the<br />

late Mrs. Edna S. Hargrett, Mrs. Green earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1993 from Florida A & M University where<br />

she performed with the FAMU Concert Choir and FAMU Connection.<br />

For the past 28 years, Mrs. Green has been a Music Educator in the Orange County Public Schools. She has taught music<br />

on the elementary and middle school levels and is now teaching at the high school level at her Alma Mater, <strong>JHS</strong>, as the<br />

Choral Director. Mrs. Green is a member of the Florida Music Educators Association, National Association for Music<br />

Education, Florida Vocal Association and American Choral Directors Association.<br />

Under the direction of Mrs. Green, the Jones High School Concert Choir (<strong>JHS</strong>CC) has received Consecutive Superior<br />

Ratings at District and State Music Performance Assessments (MPAs) and was named Choir of Distinction in 2016 and<br />

2019. Her choral students perform at area feeder schools as well as churches and other organizations in the community.<br />

Each year, Mrs. Green travels and performs with <strong>JHS</strong>CC across Florida as well as nationally. In addition, her <strong>JHS</strong>CC<br />

participates in choral ensemble competitions across the nation. In 2018, Mrs. Green conducted the <strong>JHS</strong> Concert Choir at<br />

the prestigious Carnegie Hall, New York City, and received a standing ovation. Prior to the Carnegie Hall concert, she was<br />

featured on national television as a guest on the syndicated Ellen DeGeneres Show where Ms. Green was recognized for her<br />

overwhelming love and dedication shown towards her students. In 2020, Ms. Green and the <strong>JHS</strong> Master Singers, 30 select<br />

members of <strong>JHS</strong>CC, were invited back to Carnegie Hall and gave an “Encore” performance under the direction of Jones<br />

High School’s finest and Grammy Award winner, Dr. Jeffery Redding.<br />

She is a 2022 Cece Teneal’s ICONS Award Recipient for the preservation and advancement of performing arts in Central<br />

Florida. Mrs. Green is also the recipient of the National “Queen Smith” Award from McGraw Hill Education for her<br />

outstanding commitment to urban public education.

Cicily Youngblood<br />

Cicily Youngblood, Director, Jones High School Alumni and Community Choir, is a conductor, pianist, keyboardist and<br />

percussionist as well as a legacy graduate of Jones High School (<strong>JHS</strong>) and Florida A&M University (FAMU) where from<br />

the latter she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Management. Cicily also earned a Bachelor of Music<br />

Education with a concentration in Piano from University of Central Florida. Her pre-college music teachers were Edna S.<br />

Hargrett, piano; Ernest “Pete” Boyd and James “Chef ” Wilson, percussion. As an 8th grader, Cicily became a member of<br />

the Jones High School Marching Tiger Band and is the only female percussion section leader in the history of Jones High<br />

School where Cicily also sang and accompanied the Jones High School Concert Choir under Mrs. Hargrett. After college,<br />

she was the first female <strong>JHS</strong> Assistant Band Director.<br />

At FAMU, Cicily would continue breaking the gender glass ceiling as the first female percussion freshman section leader<br />

of the FAMU “Marching 100” Band and received FAMUs “Most Outstanding Freshman Award” as well as the “Tau Beta<br />

Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority, Inc., Award.”<br />

Currently, she is the Choral Director at Teague Middle School in Seminole County. In addition, Cicily is the Director of<br />

Music at Washington Shores Presbyterian Church, Orlando, FL.<br />

Rufus Redding<br />

Rufus Redding is a 1976 graduate of Jones High School (<strong>JHS</strong>) where since 2018 he has served as Jones High School<br />

Orchestra (<strong>JHS</strong>O) Director as well as Director of Instrumental Music. In 2021, <strong>JHS</strong>O performed at its first Music<br />

Performance Assessments (MPAs) and received both Superior and Excellent ratings. Previously, from 1989-2016, Mr.<br />

Redding was Director of <strong>JHS</strong> Band which won numerous local, state and national awards. He has served as a guest<br />

conductor, clinician, keynote speaker and adjudicator for middle and high school bands.


Jones High School Support Team<br />

Mr. Orlando Norwood<br />

Ms. Tanika Bango Cooper<br />

Ms. Margaret Harris<br />

Mr. David Ricklick<br />

Jones High School ROTC<br />

Jones High School Student Volunteers<br />

Washington Shores of Christ<br />

Phil Ellis<br />

Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church<br />

Virginia Hayes<br />

Grady Stafford<br />

L. Claudia Allen Center<br />

The Honorable Bakari Burns, City of Orlando, District 6 Commissioner<br />

The Honorable Mable Butler, Former City of Orlando Commissioner<br />

Kevin Collins, The Orlando Times<br />

Valada Flewellyn, Onyx Magazine<br />

Richard Black, Onyx Magazine<br />

Curtis Rayam

About the Composer<br />

George Frideric Händel was born in Halle (Saale), Germany on February 23, 1685. He received his early training in Halle<br />

and worked in Hamburg as a composer until he immigrated in 1712 to London where he would have his greatest success<br />

as a composer of operas, anthems, organ and other keyboard music as well as oratorios. Händel’s most popular and bestknown<br />

composition, <strong>Messiah</strong>, an oratorio for four-part chorus of mixed voices with soprano, alto, tenor and bass soloists,<br />

was composed in twenty-four days. <strong>Messiah</strong> had its first performance at a concert given for charitable purposes in Dublin,<br />

Ireland, on April 13, 1742.

<strong>Program</strong>me<br />


Mr. Orlando Norwood<br />

Principal, Jones High School<br />

Jones High School Hymn<br />

Words & Music: THOMAS C. COLLIER, <strong>JHS</strong> 1943<br />

Jones High School Orchestra, Jones High School Band Percussion and<br />

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra<br />

Rufus Redding III, conductor<br />

Arrangement & Orchestration: CARL MAULTSBY, DFA, <strong>JHS</strong> 1965,<br />

based on a band arrangement by JAMES W. “CHIEF” WILSON


Adm. (Ret.) David L. Brewer, President<br />

Jones High School Foundation<br />

<strong>Messiah</strong> (Part I)<br />


Dr. Jeffery Redding, Andrea Green, Cicily Youngblood, conductors<br />

Symphony (Overture) (Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra)<br />

Accompagnato (Clifford Youngblood, Jr., <strong>JHS</strong> 1993, Tenor)<br />

Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God; speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem; and cry unto her, that her<br />

warfare is accomplishèd, that her iniquity is pardoned.<br />

The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway<br />

for our God.<br />

Air (Mitchell Klavins, OCS, Tenor)<br />

Ev’ry valley shall be exalted, and ev’ry mountain and hill made low: the crooked straight, and the rough places plain.<br />

Chorus<br />

And the glory of the Lord shall be revealèd, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.<br />

Accompagnato (Sheryl Shell, <strong>JHS</strong>ACC, Contralto)<br />

Thus saith the Lord, the Lord of Hosts; Yet once, a little while, and I will shake the heav’ns, and the dry land; and I will<br />

shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come.<br />

The Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in;<br />

Behold, He shall come, saith the Lord of Hosts.<br />

Air (Jonathan Grant, <strong>JHS</strong> 2018, Bass)<br />

But who may abide the day of His coming, and who shall stand when He appeareth?<br />

For he is like a refiner’s fire.<br />

Chorus<br />

And He shall purify the sons of Levi, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.<br />

Recitative (Euliyah Street, <strong>JHS</strong> 2025, Alto)<br />

Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call his name EMMANUEL, God with us.<br />

Air (Stacey Gordon-Ali, <strong>JHS</strong> 2001, Alto) and Chorus<br />

O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion, get thee up into the high mountain; O thou that tellest good tidings to Jerusalem,<br />

lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God! Arise, shine,<br />

for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.<br />

Accompagnato (Braxton Bar, <strong>JHS</strong> 2022, UCF 2026, Bass)<br />

For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people; but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and the<br />

Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.<br />

Air (Mr. Bar)<br />

The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: and they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death,<br />

upon them hath the light shined.

Chorus<br />

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name<br />

shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.<br />

Intermission<br />

(10 minutes)<br />

Pifa (Pastoral Symphony) (Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra)<br />

Recitative (Liline Jeannot, <strong>JHS</strong> 2023, Soprano)<br />

There were shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night.<br />

Accompagnato (Deonne Burns, <strong>JHS</strong> 1993, Soprano)<br />

And lo! The angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were<br />

sore afraid.<br />

Recitative (Mrs. Burns)<br />

And the angel said unto them, Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people.<br />

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.<br />

Accompagnato (Vanessa Niblack-Head, <strong>JHS</strong> 1975, Soprano)<br />

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying:<br />

Chorus<br />

Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth, good will towards men.<br />

Air (Vanessa Hawkins, <strong>JHS</strong> 1995, Soprano)<br />

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy king cometh unto thee. He is the<br />

righteous Saviour, and He shall speak peace unto the heathen.<br />

Recitative (Kionna Smith, <strong>JHS</strong> 2024, Alto)<br />

Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstoppèd; then shall the lame man leap as an<br />

hart, and the tongues of the dumb shall sing.<br />

Duet (Joy Westbrook, <strong>JHS</strong> 2024, Alto; Ms. Smith, <strong>JHS</strong> 2024, Soprano)<br />

He shall feed His flock like a shepherd; and He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom,<br />

and gently lead those that are with young.<br />

Come unto Him, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and He shall give you rest. Take His yoke upon you, and learn<br />

of Him; for He is meek and lowly of heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.<br />

Chorus<br />

His yoke is easy and His burthen is light.<br />

The end of <strong>Messiah</strong> (Part I)<br />

Chorus<br />

At the singing of the lyric “KING of KINGS,” please stand as you are able.<br />

HALLELUJAH! For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.<br />

The kingdom of this world is become the kingdom of our Lord, and of His Christ: and He shall reign for ever and<br />


A Brief History of the Jones High School Concert Choir<br />

By Dr. Carl MaultsBy<br />

The Early Years (1922-1956)<br />

With two Carnegie Hall appearances to its credit (2018 & 2019), the Jones High School Concert Choir is<br />

exemplary of the mantra of the 127 year historic Jones High School: “Rich in Pride, Rich in Tradition.” For the<br />

school year 1920-1921, Orange County Schools hired Mattie Rigel to teach at Jones. During the early years of<br />

her tenure, Mrs. Rigel organized a group of singers to perform at the annual commencement ceremonies, other<br />

internal school assemblies and most likely for the dedication of the Parramore & Washington Streets new Jones<br />

High School building that opened the school year 1921-1922. This group was the beginning of the Jones High<br />

School Choir which today is known as the Jones High School Concert Choir (<strong>JHS</strong>CC).<br />

Ms. Rigel was succeeded by Ethel Wooden, Thomas C. Collier (composer and lyricist of the “Jones High School<br />

Hymn”), Catherine Helms Fleming, Lessie Brayboy Weaver (1956-1963), Beverly McGowan Hicks (Jones Junior<br />

High School Choir 1960-1965), Roderick Williams (1963-1965), Helen Morrison, Roberta Bacon Manuel, Norman<br />

Choice, Edna Sampson Hargrett (1967—2000, a protégé of Mrs. Weaver), Darlean Coleman (2000-2008, a protégé<br />

of Mrs. Hargrett), Christopher Simms, Terrance Lane and the current director, Mrs. Andrea Green (another<br />

protégé of Mrs. Hargrett).<br />

The Double “A” Concert Chorale (1956-1965)<br />

Lessie Brayboy Weaver changed the trajectory of <strong>JHS</strong>CC from being an in-school special events, e.g., graduation,<br />

performance choir to a statewide recognized ensemble that from 1956-1963 never earned less than a “Superior”<br />

rating (the highest possible at that time) for concert performance as well as sight reading at district and state<br />

festivals which today are known as the Music Performance Assessment (MPA). In spite of racial segregation,<br />

<strong>JHS</strong>CC, then called the “Jones High School Double A Concert Chorale,” performed at civic events around Central<br />

Florida including its annual concerts at the McCoy Air Force Base and the Orlando Negro Chamber of Commerce.<br />

The term “Double A” was used in the state of Florida rankings of schools according to student population as well<br />

as the difficulty of the music performance repertoire. “Double A” was the highest rank. Although the student<br />

enrollment for Jones High School made the school a “Class A” school, Mrs. Weaver insisted that at state-wide high<br />

school choir festivals, the Jones choir sing the repertoire designated for “Class AA” schools. Hence came the name<br />

the “Jones High School Double “A” Concert Chorale.<br />

For the 1963-1964 school season, Mrs. Weaver limited her teaching activities to the <strong>JHS</strong> English Department and<br />

turned the leadership of the choir to Roderick Williams. Under Mr. Williams, <strong>JHS</strong>CC gave in December 1964 its<br />

first performance of the Christmas portion of Händel’s <strong>Messiah</strong> with Mrs. Weaver as the piano accompanist and<br />

Mr. Williams conducting. The concert was held in the <strong>JHS</strong> auditorium. It would be another eight years later before<br />

the Jones students would experience the joy of singing <strong>Messiah</strong> with an orchestra and at the Orlando Municipal<br />

Auditorium, currently known as the Bob Carr Auditorium.<br />

The First “Sugar Lumps” (1967-2000)<br />

Using the motto “Think Superior, Act Superior, Be Superior, Sing Superior Plus,” the Jones High School Concert<br />

Choir (<strong>JHS</strong>CC) under Mrs. Hargrett developed a diverse repertoire from opera to standard choral works to<br />

spirituals and traditional gospel while garnering a reputation of performing at the highest possible professional<br />

choral standard. Mrs. Hargrett affectionally dubbed her singers “Sugar Lumps” and they in turn reciprocated by<br />

calling her “Mama Sugar Lump.”<br />

The success of a musical collaboration between <strong>JHS</strong>CC and the Florida Symphony Orchestra (FSO) for the<br />

Walt Disney World’s first Christmas Candlelight Service of 1971 inspired the groups’ then leaders, Edna Sampson<br />

Hargrett (<strong>JHS</strong>CC Director, 1967-2000) and Herman Hertz (FSO) to plan a collaborative performance for the<br />

following season. The result was the 1972 <strong>JHS</strong>CC and FSO concert of <strong>Messiah</strong>. <strong>JHS</strong>CC sang the oratorio from<br />

memory. Subsequent collaborative annual performances of <strong>Messiah</strong> followed. After FSO disbanded in the 1990s

and until she retired from Jones in 2000, Mrs. Hargrett preserved the tradition of annual performance of the work,<br />

intentionally, according to her obituary, in the African American community as “a signature mark of excellence for<br />

both her students and the Orlando African American community”.<br />

The Transition Years (2000-2011)<br />

Mrs. Hargrett’s handpicked successor, protégé and <strong>JHS</strong> alumna, Ms. Darlean Coleman preserved the Jones annual<br />

<strong>Messiah</strong> performance tradition. From 2000-2007, Ms. Coleman also continued the choir’s collaboration with<br />

the orchestral community and the FSO successor, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, notably under the baton of<br />

Christopher Wilkins.<br />

However, with the sudden demise of Ms. Coleman in 2007 and of Mrs. Hargrett in 2010, <strong>JHS</strong>CC went through<br />

a series of directors and left the annual community presentation of <strong>Messiah</strong> in limbo. A 2012 “Street Designation<br />

Unveiling Ceremony Honoring Mrs. Edna Sampson Hargrett,” organized by Representative Geraldine Thompson,<br />

brought together a number of <strong>JHS</strong>CC alumni, including the newly appointed <strong>JHS</strong>CC Director (2011-present),<br />

Mrs. Green, as well as the event’s guest conductor and 2019 Grammy Music Educator Award recipient, Dr. Jeffery<br />

Redding. For the choristers, the event rekindled a flame for singing as a group.<br />

Subsequently, in August 2013, the Jones High School Alumni and Community Choir was formed as an ongoing<br />

tribute to Mrs. Hargrett and Ms. Coleman. Under the leadership of Cicily Youngblood, the Jones High School annual<br />

tradition of the singing of <strong>Messiah</strong> in the community resumed and continues.<br />

The Green Years (2011-present)<br />

In 2011, Mrs. Green return to her alma mater as Choral Director. Without fanfare and under the radar, she began<br />

slowly and quietly crafting a Jones High School Concert Choir that would honor and build on the foundation of her<br />

predecessors while simultaneously propelling <strong>JHS</strong>CC to musical heights, national recognition reflective of her artistic<br />

vision, sensibilities and imprimatur. Mrs. Green expanded the <strong>JHS</strong>CC repertoire to include world music, specifically<br />

music of the African Diaspora. For example, at New York City’s famed Abyssinian Baptist Church on the 2018<br />

Sunday following the death of Winnie Mandela, wife of South African apartheid fighter, Nelson Mandela, Mrs. Green<br />

led <strong>JHS</strong>CC in such a stirring rendition of the South African Sotho song “Ke Nale Monna” that the South Africans in<br />

attendance were moved to join in with indigenous calls and responses that validated the authenticity of the <strong>JHS</strong>CC<br />

standing ovation performance.<br />

Earlier at a 2017 rehearsal of Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Mrs. Green and the Jones High School Master<br />

Singers (a select group of 30 of the best singers from the Concert Choir) wowed OPO Maestro Eric Jacobsen, the<br />

current OPO Music Director, with an impromptu performance of “Lully, lulla,” a 16th century English carol. As<br />

part of the Spring 2017 Jones High School/Orlando Philharmonic Partnership concert, Mrs. Green continued<br />

the collaboration by conducting <strong>JHS</strong>CC and members of OPO in a performance of J. S. Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s<br />

Desiring.”<br />

Other recent <strong>JHS</strong>CC accomplishments under Mrs. Green include the Choir’s renewed participation in the Walt<br />

Disney, Candlelight Performances, earning superior ratings at District and State Music Assessment Performances<br />

(MPA) as well as 2016 and 2018 MPA Choir of Distinction designation. Also, in 2018 at the invitation of the<br />

National Youth Choir Festival, <strong>JHS</strong>CC performed at New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall to a standing ovation. This<br />

performance was preceded by an appearance by Mrs. Green and then <strong>JHS</strong> Director of Bands, Jamaal Nicholas, on<br />

the Ellen DeGeneres television show with a live feed from <strong>JHS</strong> of <strong>JHS</strong>CC. In 2020, Mrs. Green and the <strong>JHS</strong> Master<br />

Singers were invited back to Carnegie Hall and gave an “Encore” performance under the direction of Jones High<br />

School’s alumnus and 2019 Grammy Award winner, Dr. Jeffery Redding.<br />

In 2014 <strong>JHS</strong>CC was featured at the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA. For nine consecutive years,<br />

2011-2019, and in the post-Pandemic years, <strong>JHS</strong>CC members have received superior ratings at Solo and Ensemble<br />

MPAs. Recent performances include Dr. Phillip’s Center for the Performing Arts with recording artist Whitley<br />

Phipps and the City of Orlando Dr. Martin Luther King Commission Tribute Choir under the direction of Dr.<br />


Jones High School Concert Choir 2022-2023<br />

Andrea Green, Director<br />

First Sopranos<br />

Xzaijah Cool 10<br />

Lita Hurst 11<br />

Kionna Smith 11<br />

Second Sopranos<br />

Glenda Exilas 12<br />

Jasmin Giles 11<br />

Ariuna Glover 11<br />

Liline Jeannot 12<br />

Aiyana LaLane 10<br />

Yanta Meyers 9<br />

Shaniya Slaughter 10<br />

Carmen Smith 10<br />

Tani Sullivan 12<br />

Danisha Victor 12<br />

First Altos<br />

Lady Johnson 10<br />

Rhyianna Johnson 10<br />

Alyssa Slaughter 11<br />

Euliyah Street 10<br />

Joy Westbrook 11<br />

Second Altos<br />

Jaeda Anthony 9<br />

Farah Boodram 10<br />

Dimiah Patterson 10<br />

Jade Tuck 9<br />

Jiya Woodard 9<br />

Jones High School Alumni and Community Choir<br />

Cicily Youngblood, Director<br />

Tenors<br />

Dequavion Austin 11<br />

Curtis Dallas 10<br />

Baritone<br />

Gary Curry 11<br />

Basses<br />

Iandre Brown 10<br />

Tayshaun Tillman 9<br />

Following a 2012 “Street Designation Unveiling Ceremony Honoring Mrs. Edna Sampson Hargrett,” organized<br />

by Representative Geraldine Thompson, a number of Jones High Concert Choir alumni expressed a desire<br />

to continue making music as a group. The result was the formation in August 2013 of the Jones High School<br />

Alumni and Community Choir (<strong>JHS</strong>ACC). <strong>JHS</strong>CACC is an ongoing tribute to the former directors of Jones<br />

High Concert Choir, the late Mrs. Hargrett and her immediate successor, the late Ms. Darlean Coleman. Under<br />

the leadership of Cicily Youngblood assisted by her brother, Clifford Youngblood, Jr., an annual tradition begun<br />

by Mrs. Hargrett, the holiday singing of <strong>Messiah</strong> in the community lives on.<br />

<strong>JHS</strong>ACC is the product of years of musical training and singing that transcends several generations. Members hail<br />

from the 1960s to more recent years. <strong>JHS</strong>ACC desires to perpetuate the musical legacy and performing traditions<br />

embodied in the name of dear “Ole’ Jones High evermore.” <strong>JHS</strong>ACC embraces all former members of the <strong>JHS</strong> Choir<br />

with that tiger spirit of love instilled in its alumni during their student years. <strong>JHS</strong>ACC’s passion for great music,<br />

commitment to community and pride for Jones High School guides every member as expressed in the <strong>JHS</strong> Choir<br />

Motto: “Think Superior, Act Superior, Be Superior and Sing Superior Plus!”<br />

Sopranos<br />

Stacey Gordon-Ali<br />

Deonne Baba Burns<br />

LaToya Clarke<br />

Natalie Dexter<br />

Vanessa Hawkins<br />

Vanessa Niblack-Head<br />

Shamea Rolle-Radford<br />

Marie Robinson<br />

Chanel Royal<br />

Tonita Scott<br />

Noirée Weaver<br />

Accompanist<br />

Dr. Lloyd Douglas Brockington<br />

Altos<br />

Daina M. Johnson,<br />

Sheryl Shell<br />

Tenors<br />

David Shaver<br />

Clifford Youngblood, Jr.<br />

Basses<br />

Phil Ellis<br />

Henry Glaspie<br />

Johnny Turner


Celebrating its 30th Season, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra is led by Music Director Eric Jacobsen and<br />

is comprised of creative musicians and artists from around the world. The Philharmonic annually presents the<br />

11-concert Classics Series and Pops Series in Steinmetz Hall as well as its Focus Series and Symphony Storytime<br />

Series at The Plaza Live, a historic Central Florida venue. The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra’s vision is to<br />

enrich, inspire and serve the Central Florida community through the transformative power of live music, and<br />

it presents more than 170 live concerts and impacts more than 70,000 children, youth, and families annually<br />

through its Young People’s Concerts, Symphony Storytime Series, Notes in Your Neighborhood program, and<br />

free outdoor community concerts. A resident company of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the<br />

Philharmonic is proud to perform in the new Steinmetz Hall, one of the finest venues for acoustic music in the<br />

country. The Orlando Philharmonic is a Partner Organization of the National Alliance for Audition Support, an<br />

initiative to increase diversity in American Orchestras. Learn more at orlandophil.org.<br />

First Violins<br />

Rimma Bergeron-Langlois<br />

Concertmaster<br />

The Lynn and Charles Steinmetz Chair<br />

Olga Ferroni,<br />

Associate Concertmaster<br />

The Jeanne and John Blackburn Chair<br />

Marius Tabacila, Assistant Concertmaster<br />

Oksana Gorokhovskiy<br />

MESSIAH <strong>50</strong> Anniversary<br />

Bass<br />

Chris Morgan, Principal<br />

Laurel Stanton, Assistant Principal<br />

Oboes<br />

Jamie Strefeler, Principal<br />

In Partnership with UCF<br />

Sotos Djiovanis<br />

Second Violins<br />

Galen Kaup, Principal<br />

Rebecca Edge, Assistant Principal<br />

Linda Van Buren<br />

Violas<br />

Mauricio Céspedes-Rivero, Principal<br />

The Dr. Jefferson and Mrs. June Flowers Chair<br />

Douglas Pritchard, Assistant Principal<br />

Cellos<br />

Grace Gavin, Principal<br />

Bassoon<br />

Diane Bishop, Principal<br />

The Theodore R. Hassen Chair<br />

Trumpets<br />

Michael Fee, Principal<br />

The Stephen Goldman Chair<br />

Jesse Cook<br />

Timpani<br />

Carl Rendek, Principal<br />

The Kenneth and Ann Hicks Murrah Chair

Orlando Choral Society<br />

Dr. Jeffery Redding, Executive Director/Founder<br />

Dr. Terrance L. Lane, Accompanist<br />

Orlando Choral Society (OCS) was founded in 2019 by the 2019 GRAMMY Music Educator Award Recipient,<br />

Dr. Jeffery Redding. OCS appears regularly at Steinmetz Hall. The motto of OCS is “Building Community<br />

Through Song.”<br />

Altos<br />

Niki Eggert<br />

Marsha Fasi<br />

Sarah Hibbs<br />

Heidi Inder<br />

Zhanyr Johnson<br />

Sarah Leeth<br />

Victoria Lane<br />

Nancy Loughlin<br />

Alison Mansell<br />

Emylette Marrero<br />

Melani McGuffie<br />

Junie Monroe<br />

Karen Nice<br />

Christine Wells<br />

Sopranos<br />

Audrey Lynch<br />

Amy Seifer<br />

Michaela Shaw<br />

Tenors<br />

Mitchell Klavins<br />

Jim Cunningham<br />

Basses<br />

Luis Frias<br />

Hector Marrero<br />

Blake Rubgor<br />

Andrew V. Smith<br />

Jones High School Orchestra<br />

Rufus Redding, Director<br />

The newly reformed Jones High School Orchestra <strong>JHS</strong>O is in its infancy. Through the Jones High School<br />

Foundation, <strong>JHS</strong>O is the beneficiary of a City of Orlando Mayor’s Matching Grant under which the students<br />

receive tutoring and masterclasses offered by members of Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2021, <strong>JHS</strong>O<br />

participated in its first Music Performance Assessments (MPAs) and received both Superior and Excellent<br />

ratings.<br />

First Violins<br />

Malana Deas 12<br />

Kenneth Teague 10<br />

Moriah Wyatt 10<br />

Second Violins<br />

Demontae Flowers 11<br />

Aiyana Holliday 10<br />

Jayla Howard 11<br />

Jamiya Jurineack 10<br />

Antoine A. Morrow 11<br />

Evmarlie Nelson 10<br />

Labraun Owens 11<br />

Raybekah Pierre 11<br />

Annalysa Pommells 11<br />

Daniel Saviory 10<br />

Makaylah Tilman 10<br />

Viola<br />

Ciara Boyd 11<br />

Cello<br />

Giselle Dalrymple 10<br />

Sarah Dubuisson 11<br />

Christina Germinal 11<br />

Bass<br />

Brianna Redd 11<br />

Tamar Vincent 11

Jones High School Band Percussion<br />

Bruce Green, Director<br />

Travis Peoples, snare drum 11<br />

Autum Martin, tenor drum 10<br />

Erica Burke, bass drum 11<br />

Jayda Foster, crash cymbal 12<br />

Aniyah Simmons, ride cymbal 10

Jones High School Foundation<br />


(As of December 1, 2022)<br />

DIAMOND TIGER SPONSORS ($10,000 & more)<br />

• The Richardson Family<br />

• James & Kathy Gilchrist<br />

• Dr. Portia Maultsby<br />

• Onyx Magazine<br />

• David C. Forrest, Jr., Esq<br />

• LIFT Orlando, Inc.<br />

• Stony Brook Foundation, Inc<br />

• The Brewer Family<br />

• Jamie Isom Uko<br />

• The Orlando Times<br />

PLATINUM TIGER SPONSORS ($7,<strong>50</strong>0 - $9,999)<br />

• A & Associates Staffing, Inc.<br />

GOLD TIGER SPONSORS ($5,000 - $7,499)<br />

• Mayor Jerry Demings<br />

• Bruce & Joyce Henson<br />

• The Honorable Eleanor Mitchell’s Estate<br />

• City of Orlando<br />

• Dr. Charles Alexander West<br />

SILVER TIGER SPONSORS ($1,000 - $4,999)<br />

• 100 Black Men of Greater Orlando<br />

• Advanced Information Systems Group, Inc.<br />

• Alvin J. Cowans<br />

• Atty Jeffrey Jones<br />

• Bennette H. Johnson<br />

• Bernice Pelham<br />

• Bunche Manor/Hollando HOA<br />

• Byron Brooks<br />

• Carter Tabernacle CME Church<br />

• CFE Federal Credit Union<br />

• City National Bank of Florida<br />

• Columbia University<br />

• Commerce National Bankshares of FL<br />

• Constance Proctor Williams<br />

• Dowdy Limited Partnership<br />

• Downtown Baptist Church of Orlando<br />

• Dr. Allen P. Weaver, Jr.<br />

• Dr. Bernard S. Myers<br />

• Dr. Calvin & Mrs. Lottie Collins<br />

• Dr. Carl MaultsBy<br />

• Dr. Janice R. Choice<br />

• Dr. Jeresia Choice<br />

• Dr. Nathaniel Evans<br />

• Dr. Robert Baker<br />

• Dr. Tyrone Adams<br />

• Ellen C. Hunter<br />

• Fidelity Brokerage Services, LLC<br />

• First Baptist Church<br />

• First United Methodist Church of Orlando<br />

• Frederick S. Jones, Jr.<br />

• Friends of Distinction<br />

• Friendship Foundation, Inc.<br />

• Gregory Mundy<br />

• Howard Grocery Company, Inc.<br />

• Jan M. McPherson<br />

• <strong>JHS</strong> Class of 1960<br />

• <strong>JHS</strong> Class of 1961<br />

• <strong>JHS</strong> Community & Alumni Band<br />

• John Bryan, Sr.<br />

• Kay L. Wolf<br />

• Larry E. Farmer<br />

• Leslie B. Barron<br />

• Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church<br />

• Margo Cooper<br />

• Marva H. Thomas<br />

• Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church

• Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Institutional Church<br />

• National Christian Foundation Orlando<br />

• Orange Blossom Family Health Center<br />

• Orlando Chapter of Girl Friends, Inc.<br />

• Orlando Community & Youth Trust, Inc<br />

• Orlando Utilities Commission<br />

• Patricia A. Seitz and Alan Graham Greer<br />

• Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Gamma Delta Sigma Chapter<br />

• Plantation Oaks Senior Living Management, LLC<br />

• Ralph Johnson<br />

• Ronald O. Rogers<br />

• Sandra Woodard Johnson<br />

• Stephen H. Goldman Foundation<br />

• Stephen Walker<br />

• Tangerine Sports Association, Inc.<br />

• Terry & Shayla Prather<br />

• The Children’s Home Society of Florida<br />

• The Harris Rosen Foundation<br />

• The Honorable Belvin J. Perry, Jr.<br />

• The Hope Church<br />

• The Martin Andersen – Gracia Andersen Foundation, Inc.<br />

• United Arts of Central Florida<br />

• Vicki J. Brooks<br />

• Walbridge<br />

• Washington Shores Presbyterian Church<br />

• Willie C. Wiley<br />

• Willie J. Weaver<br />

• Women’s Club of Winter Park, Inc.<br />

• Joan Lemosy<br />

• John H. Dyer, Jr.<br />

• Julius Broadway<br />

• Ka’Juel Washington, Esq.<br />

• Kenneth R. Poston<br />

• Kim & Charles Bailes<br />

• Lake Mann Estates HOA<br />

• Latoya Barrow<br />

• Loretta Ings Brandon<br />

• Maria Ruiz Hays<br />

• Mary & William Wilson<br />

• Morgan & Morgan<br />

• Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church<br />

• Orlando Police Department<br />

• Parker Conference Management, Inc.<br />

• Postell’s Mortuary<br />

• Rev. Helen H. Norman<br />

• Roy Cockrum<br />

• Rynette Upson Bush<br />

• Shirley G. Bryant<br />

• The Boeing Company<br />

• The Coca Cola Company<br />

• The Rafman Club, Inc<br />

• Thomas Gaiter Foundation<br />

• William Hayes<br />

• Willie F. Bacon<br />

• Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Inc.<br />

BRONZE TIGER SPONSORS ($<strong>50</strong>0 - $999)<br />

• ACME Cleaners, Inc.<br />

• Antoine Bethel<br />

• Barbara P. Burns<br />

• Barry Wilson<br />

• Bridgadette Club of Orlando, Inc.<br />

• Carrie L. Johnson<br />

• Debonnaires Civic & Social Club<br />

• Dennis & Jillian O’ Connor<br />

• Dr. & Mrs. Kenneth L. Margeson<br />

• Dr. John Peterson<br />

• Dr. Michael J. Meares<br />

• East Winter Garden Community Development Corp<br />

• Esther Drayton Stephenson<br />

• Eugene Sullivan<br />

• First Christ Ministries Church<br />

• Florida Citrus Sports Events, Inc<br />

• Gary McCall<br />

• Gateway Plaza Limited<br />

• Gayle Pritchett Danner<br />

• Harry H. Dickens<br />

• Jacqueline A. Holley<br />

• James Lowry<br />

• <strong>JHS</strong> Class of 1956<br />

• <strong>JHS</strong> Class of 1968<br />

• <strong>JHS</strong> Class of 1974<br />

• Jim Davis

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