JFK has up to six separate performing groups depending on the year:

  • Mixed Chorus is a beginner group. This chorus gains required knowledge about music and theory in order to become prepared for the next level. This instruction includes ear training, pitch control, sight reading, training the voice in vocal pedagogy, and other personal musical advancements. No audition is necessary.
  • Concert Choir consists of grades 10 through 12. Admittance to the concert choir requires a brief, simple audition. This choir performs more difficult music while continuing the music theory and vocal pedagogy training.
  • Variety Choir is a select, after school group requiring an audition. The Variety Choir learns wonderful advanced music in varied styles, and rehearses once a week.
  • Women's chorus runs certain years and consists of about 20 members of the Concert Choir. They rehearse a different period than Concert Choir learning their own repertoire as well as the Concert Choir's repertoire. They perform separately and together in the concert.
  • Male and Female Student-Run A Cappella Choirs exist as well. Since they are student run, it depends on the year whether one or both are up and running. There are student presidents who run auditions and rehearsals in their homes. The group picks the repertoire and Mrs. Pincus only steps in to tweak things around conccert time.

The John F. Kennedy choirs are directed by Mrs. Jeanette Pincus.

Jeanette Pincus began singing on stage when she performed Benjamin Britten's "A Boy Was Born," along with the New York City Opera Children's Chorus at Merkin Concert Hall at the age of 5.

Through the years she has sung with the Canticum Novum Singers under the direction of Harold Rosenbaum, jazz legend Marian McPartland, the Mark Morris Dance Group, famous composer/comedian P.D.Q. Bach (twice at Carnegie Hall), has toured Italy as a soloist, and has played saxophone in various jazz, Dixieland, and symphonic bands as well as behind saxophone legend Michael Brecker.

Mrs. Pincus attended SUNY Geneseo and earned her B.S. degree at Hofstra University where she was active in voice, piano, and saxophone. She also did graduate work at Queens College, and received her Masters Degree from Five Towns College. Before coming to JFK, Mrs. Pincus taught choir, music theory, and music history at Sacred Heart Academy in Hempstead, NY.

Mrs. Pincus singing on tour in Italy, 1998

The JFK Choral Department welcomes any and all new members.

Come and check us out at any of our performances. Without a doubt you will want to be a part of the music that is taking place!

Just visit Mrs. Pincus in the Vocal Music room anytime, and you will be placed in one or more of the JFK choirs.


JFK Choir 2017-2018