Choir For web smaller The OAKE National Conference Choirs is a high-quality performance program featured at the annual OAKE National Conference. Held in a different city each year, the National Conference brings together well-known clinicians, educators, conductors, and entertainment over the course of four days culminating in the Saturday performance of the students who have been selected to participate in the National Conference Choirs. Only active OAKE members are eligible to audition their students for participation in one of the four choirs, each of which is led by a nationally renowned conductor. The singers will learn and memorize their music at home with their own teachers before coming to the conference. Once they arrive, they will be immersed in an intensive rehearsal schedule leading up to the final performance featuring all four choirs. Below are descriptions of the four National Choirs:

  • Children’s Choir – (SSA) – Treble singers in grades 4 – 5. 
  • Youth Choir – (SSAA) – Singers in grades 6 – 8 with unchanged voices. 
  • Concert Women’s Choir – (SSAA) – Female singers in grades 9 – 12. 
  • Chamber Ensemble – (SATB) – Male changed voices in grades 9 – 12, plus female singers selected from all the high school women applicants.

Starts Wednesday at 2PM located on the 3rd and 4th floors of the Marriott Hotel. Please check the Choir Welcome Packet for specific locations based on choir. 

A limited number of concert tickets will be sold at the OAKE Booth in Exhibit Hall. Exhibit Hall will be located in what’s called Franklin Hall on the Fourth Floor of the hotel. Exhibit Hall officially opens at 4 pm on Thursday and will remain open until 1 pm on Saturday. Tickets will not be sold at the venue of the performance. 


General Choir Information Parent & Teacher Resources Accepted Student Resources

Choir FAQ 
(Frequently Asked Questions)

Choir Concert DVDs/CDs/Photos
Use these order forms to order DVDs, CDs, and Photos from this and past years’ Conference Choir Concerts
Online Order Form
Paper Order Form

2017 Choirs – Audition Instructions  
Guide and instructions for teachers submitting auditions

2017 Choirs – Parent Brochure 
Informational brochure for parents of auditioning singers

NEW!  Choir Welcome Packet 
Please note: The Friday and Saturday schedule have changed from a previous version on our website.

Choir Resources
Listening Tracks, Sheet Music, and Conductor Notes

Choir Divisi/Parts Listings 

Choir Repertoire Lists for Each Choir 

Excused Absence Form 

Choir Registration Information for Parents 

Important Dates and Financial Obligations




Responsibility of 

Applications Open – Applications found online at

August 15, 2016



Application and Fee Deadline Parents are responsible for application fees, although some schools may cover this fee.  Teacher collects and mails checks to the OAKE National Office.

October 15, 2016

$25 USD

Parent pays

Teacher submits

Audition Results and Notification Emails Sent – Teachers will receive audition results via email.  Typically a day later, acceptance and rejection notifications are sent to parents via email.  Acceptance emails will contain registration links and other important information for parents.

by November 10, 2016


OAKE National Office

Accepted Student Registration & Fee Deadline – Parents are responsible for paying registration fee unless the school covers the fee.  Parents complete the online registration and either pay online or send the check directly to the OAKE National Office.

December 1, 2016

$230 USD

Parent pays and submits registration

Choir Packets Mailed to Teachers – Teachers will receive music packets to begin rehearsing repertoire with students in early December.

Early December, 2016


OAKE National Office

Teacher Conference Registration Deadline – Teachers are required to attend the OAKE National Conference if their student(s) have been selected to participate.  Philadelphia-area teachers can register for the one-day Secondary Choral Track.

December 10, 2016


Teacher pays

Event Information


Responsibility of

Dates for Accepted Singers:  MARCH 22 – 25, 2017  (Wednesday* through Saturday)  Philadelphia, PA
*Teachers may arrive later than Wednesday, however, conference attendance and registration are required.

Final Performance Date & Venue: 3 pm, March 25, 2017 | Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Each singer receives two complimentary tickets to the concert

Rehearsal Locations & Hotel Lodgings (if accepted)

The Marriott Philadelphia Downtown is the official conference hotel.  Children’s Choir, Youth Choir and Chamber Ensemble will rehearse at the Marriott Philadelphia Downtown; Concert Women’s Choir will rehearse at St. John the Evangelist which is two blocks away from the Marriott.

Nightly Room Costs: 

Marriott Philadelphia Downtown                                                 

$199 single/double/triple/quad

Parent arranges for student


Teachers arrange for themselves

Flight/Travel to Philadelphia, PA

(if accepted)

Costs Vary

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Saturday, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm | $25/GA, $5/Student
Each singer receives two complimentary tickets to the concert
Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

This is the culminating event of the National Conference – an opportunity to experience the exhilaration of being an integral part of a highly artistic performance – either as a performer or as an audience member. This year’s directors are Fred Meads (National Children’s Choir); Lynnel Joy Jenkins (National Youth Choir); Rollo Dilworth (National Chamber Ensemble); and Susan Glass (National Concert Women’s Choir).

The Kimmel Center is a 15 minute walk along Broad Street from the Conference Hotel. The entrance to the Kimmel Center Parking Garage is located just south of the Broad Street entrance to the building and can be accessed only by cars traveling south on Broad Street. Parking may be pre-purchased online for either the Kimmel Center Garage or the Avenue of the Arts Garage. Pre-paid parking is available most weekends and weekday evenings. Pre-paid parking is not available on all performance dates. For more information, please go to

Ticket and Parking Information: Tickets will be sold during the conference at the Registration Desk only, tickets will not be available at the door. Seating is first come, first serve, general admission. 

Have Questions?

Please check our Choir FAQ for Frequently Asked Questions by teachers, parents and students.

If you need further assistance, please feel free to Contact Us