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Unfortunately due to the current situation with COVID etc, we will be suspending our Cairns Junior Choral Society rehearsals until further notice.

Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this lovely choir over the last few challenging years – we hope to see you again!

And a HUGE thank you to our amazing conductor Mrs Toni Dunstan who has put so much effort into the choir!! xx

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The CAIRNS JUNIOR CHORAL SOCIETY was formed to contribute to and extend the musical and performance education of the youth of Cairns and district.  It was, and still is, run completely by volunteers and has been going strong ever since.

“Fostering, from an early age, the love and appreciation of Music”

The Cairns Junior Choral Society caters primarily for youth aged 8 to 18 years inclusive, but has at times, and under certain circumstances, had members as young as 5. We have had literally hundreds of our local children participate in the Society with quite a number who have gone on to bigger and better things, including lead performances in the Cairns Choral Society, forming their own bands both locally and interstate and also Opera – even overseas.

The Cairns Junior Choral Society Inc. is run entirely by volunteers – with Conductor and Accompanist both professionals in their own rights.  We keep our fees to a minimum so that the lower socio-economic group is able to afford to join. We also won’t turn away any child because of financial difficulties. We do everything in our power to ensure that EVERY CHILD WHO WANTS TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXTEND THEIR MUSICALITY IS ABLE TO DO SO.   Please click here to listen to a pre-concert warm-up.

cjcs_logoIn the early 1950’s, a local school teacher with a love of music decided he would like to form a Junior Choir in Cairns and give the youth of Cairns and District the chance to make beautiful music together.

CJCS circa 1959 ~ Present conductor back row 6th from the right ~

The teacher – Mr Jack Daniel, along with a group of like-minded citizens of Cairns, got together and approached the then Cairns City Council for their blessing and support which they received, and the Cairns Juvenile Choir was formed. The rest, as they say is history.

After working very hard each year for the next few years raising funds to be able to send the choir off to compete in a number of Eisteddfods throughout Queensland – Charters Towers, Townsville, Rockhampton and Brisbane to name but a few, this same committee decided it would be much cheaper, not to mention more beneficial to all the youth of Cairns and District to run a Junior Eisteddfod in Cairns.

Once again this same committee approached the Cairns City Council with this idea and The Cairns Juvenile Eisteddfod was formed.  Both organisations changed their names in the early 1960’s to “The Cairns Junior Choral Society” and “The Cairns and District Junior Eisteddfod”.

The choir competes in two, sometimes three, eisteddfods each year, along with other “sing-outs” if and when required – There are also Theory / Musicianship classes offered and now in full swing – Musical Theatre classes!!  CLICK HERE for more information!

A few years ago, the Society commenced producing a Musical each year, all singing, dancing and acting performed by the members within the Society.   Some of the fun musicals we have done are “Listen to the Lambs” – “Phantom of the Music Room” – “A Trip through Storyland” – “Oh Rats!” – “Jungle Fantasy” – just to name a few.  In 2016 the CJCS worked extremely hard on a reprisal of “Oh Rats!” which was performed on Saturday 10th September 2016 at the Bentley Park Performing Arts Centre.  A resounding success!!!


Annual Medals are presented to the children based on the number of years the chorister has been a member of the Cairns Junior Choral Society.

  • GOLD MEDAL – 10 years
  • SILVER MEDAL – 5 years
  • BRONZE MEDAL – 1 year

You can find a photo of this year’s recipients by clicking here!

2015 saw the inaugural position of Choir Captain being formed.  

This position is one of leadership, support and assistant to the conductor and is a huge honour for the choir members who receive this position.  

Recipient must:

  • demonstrate leadership qualities during their formative years
  • be a senior member of the choir
  • have shown reliability in attending rehearsals and performances over the years
  • generally support for and interest in the choir as a whole.

2019 – Jillian McKenna & Jarred Rasmussen

2018 – Louisa Winiarski & Leisle Kuhle

In 2017 Louisa was very fortunate to go on an extended family holiday for a period of time and Toni Dunstan felt that she really did not have the full experience of being the choir captain last year so this is the reason she has again been awarded the position this year.  It is also very well deserved.

2017 – Isabelle Dunstan & Louisa Winiarski

2016 – Eva Bluett and Darby Conley – both joined the choir in 2010

2015 – Emily Conley – joined the choir in 2010

Emily playing the ‘Pied Piper’ in “Oh Rats!”