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Jones High School Foundation

The Mission

Founded in 1993 and incorporated in 2000 as an IRS 501(c)(3) charitable not-for-profit corporation, the Jones High

School Foundation’s (JHSF) mission is to fund and support empowerment programs for the students, faculty, families

and administration of Jones High School. Specifically, the JHSF focuses on enhancing the academic and enrichment

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

producing some of the finest citizens in the state of Florida and our nation. JHS graduates are among the most

distinguished leaders in the world in the fields of Science, Music, Law, Military, Entrepreneurship, Performing Arts,

Education, and Athletics.

The Challenges

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

County Public Schools

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

• Greater than 50% of entering 9th graders are below grade level

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

The Goal

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

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

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

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

Officers (including an admiral), Educators (including a university president, superintendent, principals, college

professors, renowned teachers, renowned choir & band directors), Religious Leaders (including Bishops), University

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

Board of Directors

Vice ADM (Ret) David L. Brewer III, President

Dr. Janice R. Choice, Vice President

Yvette Beasley, Treasurer

Vicki Brooks, Secretary

Shirley Green Bryant

Dr. Carl MaultsBy, Chair, Music Initiatives

Dr. Portia Maultsby

Sherry Paramore

Meroy Pledge Charles-Hudson

Charles Daniels

Ka’Juel J. Washington, Esq.

Louise Dinkins, Co-Founder

In Memoriam

Mrs. Edna Sampson Hargrett-Thrower,

“Mama Sugar Lump”

Ms. Darlean Coleman

The Conductors

Dr. Jeffery Redding

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

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

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

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

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

Redding honored as top director.

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

Honor Choir, the Central Division ACDA Honor Choir, and the North Central Division ACDA Honor Choir, the Eastern

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

American adjudicator at the International Choral Festival, Verona, Italy. Additionally, he conducted at the TAISM Festival

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

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

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

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

held the position of Artistic Director for Beethoven’s 250th Anniversary in Vienna, Austria, and was an adjudicator for the

World Choir Games in Belgium, Germany.

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

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

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

conductors for Walt Disney World’s Candlelight Processional at EPCOT.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Community, Music and Worship) for Florida ACDA.

Andrea Hires Green

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

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

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

she performed with the FAMU Concert Choir and FAMU Connection.

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

on the elementary and middle school levels and is now teaching at the high school level at her Alma Mater, JHS, as the

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

Education, Florida Vocal Association and American Choral Directors Association.

Under the direction of Mrs. Green, the Jones High School Concert Choir (JHSCC) has received Consecutive Superior

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

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

Each year, Mrs. Green travels and performs with JHSCC across Florida as well as nationally. In addition, her JHSCC

participates in choral ensemble competitions across the nation. In 2018, Mrs. Green conducted the JHS Concert Choir at

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

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

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

members of JHSCC, were invited back to Carnegie Hall and gave an “Encore” performance under the direction of Jones

High School’s finest and Grammy Award winner, Dr. Jeffery Redding.

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

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

outstanding commitment to urban public education.

Cicily Youngblood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

she was the first female JHS Assistant Band Director.

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

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

Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority, Inc., Award.”

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

Music at Washington Shores Presbyterian Church, Orlando, FL.

Rufus Redding

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

Orchestra (JHSO) Director as well as Director of Instrumental Music. In 2021, JHSO performed at its first Music

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

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

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


Jones High School Support Team

Mr. Orlando Norwood

Ms. Tanika Bango Cooper

Ms. Margaret Harris

Mr. David Ricklick

Jones High School ROTC

Jones High School Student Volunteers

Washington Shores of Christ

Phil Ellis

Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church

Virginia Hayes

Grady Stafford

L. Claudia Allen Center

The Honorable Bakari Burns, City of Orlando, District 6 Commissioner

The Honorable Mable Butler, Former City of Orlando Commissioner

Kevin Collins, The Orlando Times

Valada Flewellyn, Onyx Magazine

Richard Black, Onyx Magazine

Curtis Rayam

About the Composer

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

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

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

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

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

Ireland, on April 13, 1742.



Mr. Orlando Norwood

Principal, Jones High School

Jones High School Hymn

Words & Music: THOMAS C. COLLIER, JHS 1943

Jones High School Orchestra, Jones High School Band Percussion and

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra

Rufus Redding III, conductor

Arrangement & Orchestration: CARL MAULTSBY, DFA, JHS 1965,

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


Adm. (Ret.) David L. Brewer, President

Jones High School Foundation

Messiah (Part I)


Dr. Jeffery Redding, Andrea Green, Cicily Youngblood, conductors

Symphony (Overture) (Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra)

Accompagnato (Clifford Youngblood, Jr., JHS 1993, Tenor)

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

warfare is accomplishèd, that her iniquity is pardoned.

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

for our God.

Air (Mitchell Klavins, OCS, Tenor)

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


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.

Accompagnato (Sheryl Shell, JHSACC, Contralto)

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

shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come.

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

Behold, He shall come, saith the Lord of Hosts.

Air (Jonathan Grant, JHS 2018, Bass)

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

For he is like a refiner’s fire.


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

Recitative (Euliyah Street, JHS 2025, Alto)

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

Air (Stacey Gordon-Ali, JHS 2001, Alto) and Chorus

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

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

for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.

Accompagnato (Braxton Bar, JHS 2022, UCF 2026, Bass)

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

Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

Air (Mr. Bar)

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

upon them hath the light shined.


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

shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.


(10 minutes)

Pifa (Pastoral Symphony) (Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra)

Recitative (Liline Jeannot, JHS 2023, Soprano)

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

Accompagnato (Deonne Burns, JHS 1993, Soprano)

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

sore afraid.

Recitative (Mrs. Burns)

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

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

Accompagnato (Vanessa Niblack-Head, JHS 1975, Soprano)

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


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

Air (Vanessa Hawkins, JHS 1995, Soprano)

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

righteous Saviour, and He shall speak peace unto the heathen.

Recitative (Kionna Smith, JHS 2024, Alto)

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

hart, and the tongues of the dumb shall sing.

Duet (Joy Westbrook, JHS 2024, Alto; Ms. Smith, JHS 2024, Soprano)

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

and gently lead those that are with young.

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

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


His yoke is easy and His burthen is light.

The end of Messiah (Part I)


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

HALLELUJAH! For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.

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


A Brief History of the Jones High School Concert Choir

By Dr. Carl MaultsBy

The Early Years (1922-1956)

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

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

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

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

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

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

School Choir which today is known as the Jones High School Concert Choir (JHSCC).

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

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

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

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

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

protégé of Mrs. Hargrett).

The Double “A” Concert Chorale (1956-1965)

Lessie Brayboy Weaver changed the trajectory of JHSCC from being an in-school special events, e.g., graduation,

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

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

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

JHSCC, then called the “Jones High School Double A Concert Chorale,” performed at civic events around Central

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

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

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

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

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

the “Jones High School Double “A” Concert Chorale.

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

turned the leadership of the choir to Roderick Williams. Under Mr. Williams, JHSCC gave in December 1964 its

first performance of the Christmas portion of Händel’s Messiah with Mrs. Weaver as the piano accompanist and

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

the Jones students would experience the joy of singing Messiah with an orchestra and at the Orlando Municipal

Auditorium, currently known as the Bob Carr Auditorium.

The First “Sugar Lumps” (1967-2000)

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

Choir (JHSCC) under Mrs. Hargrett developed a diverse repertoire from opera to standard choral works to

spirituals and traditional gospel while garnering a reputation of performing at the highest possible professional

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

calling her “Mama Sugar Lump.”

The success of a musical collaboration between JHSCC and the Florida Symphony Orchestra (FSO) for the

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

Hargrett (JHSCC Director, 1967-2000) and Herman Hertz (FSO) to plan a collaborative performance for the

following season. The result was the 1972 JHSCC and FSO concert of Messiah. JHSCC sang the oratorio from

memory. Subsequent collaborative annual performances of Messiah 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,

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

both her students and the Orlando African American community”.

The Transition Years (2000-2011)

Mrs. Hargrett’s handpicked successor, protégé and JHS alumna, Ms. Darlean Coleman preserved the Jones annual

Messiah performance tradition. From 2000-2007, Ms. Coleman also continued the choir’s collaboration with

the orchestral community and the FSO successor, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, notably under the baton of

Christopher Wilkins.

However, with the sudden demise of Ms. Coleman in 2007 and of Mrs. Hargrett in 2010, JHSCC went through

a series of directors and left the annual community presentation of Messiah in limbo. A 2012 “Street Designation

Unveiling Ceremony Honoring Mrs. Edna Sampson Hargrett,” organized by Representative Geraldine Thompson,

brought together a number of JHSCC alumni, including the newly appointed JHSCC Director (2011-present),

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

Redding. For the choristers, the event rekindled a flame for singing as a group.

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

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

tradition of the singing of Messiah in the community resumed and continues.

The Green Years (2011-present)

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

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

predecessors while simultaneously propelling JHSCC to musical heights, national recognition reflective of her artistic

vision, sensibilities and imprimatur. Mrs. Green expanded the JHSCC repertoire to include world music, specifically

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

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

led JHSCC in such a stirring rendition of the South African Sotho song “Ke Nale Monna” that the South Africans in

attendance were moved to join in with indigenous calls and responses that validated the authenticity of the JHSCC

standing ovation performance.

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

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

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

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

the collaboration by conducting JHSCC and members of OPO in a performance of J. S. Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s


Other recent JHSCC accomplishments under Mrs. Green include the Choir’s renewed participation in the Walt

Disney, Candlelight Performances, earning superior ratings at District and State Music Assessment Performances

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

National Youth Choir Festival, JHSCC performed at New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall to a standing ovation. This

performance was preceded by an appearance by Mrs. Green and then JHS Director of Bands, Jamaal Nicholas, on

the Ellen DeGeneres television show with a live feed from JHS of JHSCC. In 2020, Mrs. Green and the JHS Master

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

School’s alumnus and 2019 Grammy Award winner, Dr. Jeffery Redding.

In 2014 JHSCC was featured at the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA. For nine consecutive years,

2011-2019, and in the post-Pandemic years, JHSCC members have received superior ratings at Solo and Ensemble

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

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


Jones High School Concert Choir 2022-2023

Andrea Green, Director

First Sopranos

Xzaijah Cool 10

Lita Hurst 11

Kionna Smith 11

Second Sopranos

Glenda Exilas 12

Jasmin Giles 11

Ariuna Glover 11

Liline Jeannot 12

Aiyana LaLane 10

Yanta Meyers 9

Shaniya Slaughter 10

Carmen Smith 10

Tani Sullivan 12

Danisha Victor 12

First Altos

Lady Johnson 10

Rhyianna Johnson 10

Alyssa Slaughter 11

Euliyah Street 10

Joy Westbrook 11

Second Altos

Jaeda Anthony 9

Farah Boodram 10

Dimiah Patterson 10

Jade Tuck 9

Jiya Woodard 9

Jones High School Alumni and Community Choir

Cicily Youngblood, Director


Dequavion Austin 11

Curtis Dallas 10


Gary Curry 11


Iandre Brown 10

Tayshaun Tillman 9

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

by Representative Geraldine Thompson, a number of Jones High Concert Choir alumni expressed a desire

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

Alumni and Community Choir (JHSACC). JHSCACC is an ongoing tribute to the former directors of Jones

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

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

by Mrs. Hargrett, the holiday singing of Messiah in the community lives on.

JHSACC is the product of years of musical training and singing that transcends several generations. Members hail

from the 1960s to more recent years. JHSACC desires to perpetuate the musical legacy and performing traditions

embodied in the name of dear “Ole’ Jones High evermore.” JHSACC embraces all former members of the JHS Choir

with that tiger spirit of love instilled in its alumni during their student years. JHSACC’s passion for great music,

commitment to community and pride for Jones High School guides every member as expressed in the JHS Choir

Motto: “Think Superior, Act Superior, Be Superior and Sing Superior Plus!”


Stacey Gordon-Ali

Deonne Baba Burns

LaToya Clarke

Natalie Dexter

Vanessa Hawkins

Vanessa Niblack-Head

Shamea Rolle-Radford

Marie Robinson

Chanel Royal

Tonita Scott

Noirée Weaver


Dr. Lloyd Douglas Brockington


Daina M. Johnson,

Sheryl Shell


David Shaver

Clifford Youngblood, Jr.


Phil Ellis

Henry Glaspie

Johnny Turner


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

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

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

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

enrich, inspire and serve the Central Florida community through the transformative power of live music, and

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

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

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

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

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

initiative to increase diversity in American Orchestras. Learn more at orlandophil.org.

First Violins

Rimma Bergeron-Langlois


The Lynn and Charles Steinmetz Chair

Olga Ferroni,

Associate Concertmaster

The Jeanne and John Blackburn Chair

Marius Tabacila, Assistant Concertmaster

Oksana Gorokhovskiy

MESSIAH 50 Anniversary


Chris Morgan, Principal

Laurel Stanton, Assistant Principal


Jamie Strefeler, Principal

In Partnership with UCF

Sotos Djiovanis

Second Violins

Galen Kaup, Principal

Rebecca Edge, Assistant Principal

Linda Van Buren


Mauricio Céspedes-Rivero, Principal

The Dr. Jefferson and Mrs. June Flowers Chair

Douglas Pritchard, Assistant Principal


Grace Gavin, Principal


Diane Bishop, Principal

The Theodore R. Hassen Chair


Michael Fee, Principal

The Stephen Goldman Chair

Jesse Cook


Carl Rendek, Principal

The Kenneth and Ann Hicks Murrah Chair

Orlando Choral Society

Dr. Jeffery Redding, Executive Director/Founder

Dr. Terrance L. Lane, Accompanist

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

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

Through Song.”


Niki Eggert

Marsha Fasi

Sarah Hibbs

Heidi Inder

Zhanyr Johnson

Sarah Leeth

Victoria Lane

Nancy Loughlin

Alison Mansell

Emylette Marrero

Melani McGuffie

Junie Monroe

Karen Nice

Christine Wells


Audrey Lynch

Amy Seifer

Michaela Shaw


Mitchell Klavins

Jim Cunningham


Luis Frias

Hector Marrero

Blake Rubgor

Andrew V. Smith

Jones High School Orchestra

Rufus Redding, Director

The newly reformed Jones High School Orchestra JHSO is in its infancy. Through the Jones High School

Foundation, JHSO is the beneficiary of a City of Orlando Mayor’s Matching Grant under which the students

receive tutoring and masterclasses offered by members of Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2021, JHSO

participated in its first Music Performance Assessments (MPAs) and received both Superior and Excellent


First Violins

Malana Deas 12

Kenneth Teague 10

Moriah Wyatt 10

Second Violins

Demontae Flowers 11

Aiyana Holliday 10

Jayla Howard 11

Jamiya Jurineack 10

Antoine A. Morrow 11

Evmarlie Nelson 10

Labraun Owens 11

Raybekah Pierre 11

Annalysa Pommells 11

Daniel Saviory 10

Makaylah Tilman 10


Ciara Boyd 11


Giselle Dalrymple 10

Sarah Dubuisson 11

Christina Germinal 11


Brianna Redd 11

Tamar Vincent 11

Jones High School Band Percussion

Bruce Green, Director

Travis Peoples, snare drum 11

Autum Martin, tenor drum 10

Erica Burke, bass drum 11

Jayda Foster, crash cymbal 12

Aniyah Simmons, ride cymbal 10

Jones High School Foundation


(As of December 1, 2022)


• The Richardson Family

• James & Kathy Gilchrist

• Dr. Portia Maultsby

• Onyx Magazine

• David C. Forrest, Jr., Esq

• LIFT Orlando, Inc.

• Stony Brook Foundation, Inc

• The Brewer Family

• Jamie Isom Uko

• The Orlando Times


• A & Associates Staffing, Inc.

GOLD TIGER SPONSORS ($5,000 - $7,499)

• Mayor Jerry Demings

• Bruce & Joyce Henson

• The Honorable Eleanor Mitchell’s Estate

• City of Orlando

• Dr. Charles Alexander West

SILVER TIGER SPONSORS ($1,000 - $4,999)

• 100 Black Men of Greater Orlando

• Advanced Information Systems Group, Inc.

• Alvin J. Cowans

• Atty Jeffrey Jones

• Bennette H. Johnson

• Bernice Pelham

• Bunche Manor/Hollando HOA

• Byron Brooks

• Carter Tabernacle CME Church

• CFE Federal Credit Union

• City National Bank of Florida

• Columbia University

• Commerce National Bankshares of FL

• Constance Proctor Williams

• Dowdy Limited Partnership

• Downtown Baptist Church of Orlando

• Dr. Allen P. Weaver, Jr.

• Dr. Bernard S. Myers

• Dr. Calvin & Mrs. Lottie Collins

• Dr. Carl MaultsBy

• Dr. Janice R. Choice

• Dr. Jeresia Choice

• Dr. Nathaniel Evans

• Dr. Robert Baker

• Dr. Tyrone Adams

• Ellen C. Hunter

• Fidelity Brokerage Services, LLC

• First Baptist Church

• First United Methodist Church of Orlando

• Frederick S. Jones, Jr.

• Friends of Distinction

• Friendship Foundation, Inc.

• Gregory Mundy

• Howard Grocery Company, Inc.

• Jan M. McPherson

JHS Class of 1960

JHS Class of 1961

JHS Community & Alumni Band

• John Bryan, Sr.

• Kay L. Wolf

• Larry E. Farmer

• Leslie B. Barron

• Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church

• Margo Cooper

• Marva H. Thomas

• Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church

• Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Institutional Church

• National Christian Foundation Orlando

• Orange Blossom Family Health Center

• Orlando Chapter of Girl Friends, Inc.

• Orlando Community & Youth Trust, Inc

• Orlando Utilities Commission

• Patricia A. Seitz and Alan Graham Greer

• Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Gamma Delta Sigma Chapter

• Plantation Oaks Senior Living Management, LLC

• Ralph Johnson

• Ronald O. Rogers

• Sandra Woodard Johnson

• Stephen H. Goldman Foundation

• Stephen Walker

• Tangerine Sports Association, Inc.

• Terry & Shayla Prather

• The Children’s Home Society of Florida

• The Harris Rosen Foundation

• The Honorable Belvin J. Perry, Jr.

• The Hope Church

• The Martin Andersen – Gracia Andersen Foundation, Inc.

• United Arts of Central Florida

• Vicki J. Brooks

• Walbridge

• Washington Shores Presbyterian Church

• Willie C. Wiley

• Willie J. Weaver

• Women’s Club of Winter Park, Inc.

• Joan Lemosy

• John H. Dyer, Jr.

• Julius Broadway

• Ka’Juel Washington, Esq.

• Kenneth R. Poston

• Kim & Charles Bailes

• Lake Mann Estates HOA

• Latoya Barrow

• Loretta Ings Brandon

• Maria Ruiz Hays

• Mary & William Wilson

• Morgan & Morgan

• Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church

• Orlando Police Department

• Parker Conference Management, Inc.

• Postell’s Mortuary

• Rev. Helen H. Norman

• Roy Cockrum

• Rynette Upson Bush

• Shirley G. Bryant

• The Boeing Company

• The Coca Cola Company

• The Rafman Club, Inc

• Thomas Gaiter Foundation

• William Hayes

• Willie F. Bacon

• Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Inc.


• ACME Cleaners, Inc.

• Antoine Bethel

• Barbara P. Burns

• Barry Wilson

• Bridgadette Club of Orlando, Inc.

• Carrie L. Johnson

• Debonnaires Civic & Social Club

• Dennis & Jillian O’ Connor

• Dr. & Mrs. Kenneth L. Margeson

• Dr. John Peterson

• Dr. Michael J. Meares

• East Winter Garden Community Development Corp

• Esther Drayton Stephenson

• Eugene Sullivan

• First Christ Ministries Church

• Florida Citrus Sports Events, Inc

• Gary McCall

• Gateway Plaza Limited

• Gayle Pritchett Danner

• Harry H. Dickens

• Jacqueline A. Holley

• James Lowry

JHS Class of 1956

JHS Class of 1968

JHS Class of 1974

• Jim Davis

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