Choirs

Welcome Kodály Educators and Families!

The March 2019 Conference will be hosted in Columbus, Ohio at the Hyatt Regency Columbus.  OAKE National Conference Choirs run alongside a professional development conference for educators. Choir dates are March 20-23 while the educators’ conference is the 21-24.

Look inside the “Conference Choirs” menu at the top of this page to learn more and find any resources throughout this experience.

The Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE) was founded in 1975 to serve as a meeting place for music educators who embrace the Kodály Concept of Music Education.  It draws its membership from educators of all levels, public and private, students, administrators, and others who share in its support and promotion. OAKE’s mission is to support music education of the highest quality, promote universal music literacy and lifelong music making, and preserve the musical heritage of the people of the United States of America through education, artistic performance, advocacy and research.  OAKE’s vision is the realization of a world where the power of music as a unifying, humanizing, and healing force is an integral part of the lives of the American People.

The OAKE National Conference is an annual event occurring in a different city each year throughout the United States, bringing 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 Choirs.  There are four audition-based OAKE National Conference Choirs, each led by a nationally renowned conductor.  Accepted singers will learn and memorize the music at home with their own teachers before going to the conference city.  Here are demographics for the four 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

 *Middle school males with changed voices: Because many of our conductors feel that the long rehearsal schedule is not healthy for young men whose voices have recently changed, we currently do not accept applications for middle school males with changed voices.

2018-2019 Audition and Registration Timeline

Student Registration & Fee* Deadline
*This year’s fee covers bus transportation, for singers only, to and from the concert venue
December 1 $250
USD Non-refundable
Family pays and submits registration (unless the school covers the fee)
Choir Packets Mailed to Teachers Early December   OAKE National Office
Teacher Conference Registration Deadline December 10   Teacher pays

Choir “Extras” Order Deadline

Deadline to Invite Your Principal

January 15   Family or Teachers are welcome to submit either of these
(BOTH OPTIONAL)

Dates for Accepted Singers: MARCH 20 – 23, 2019 (Wednesday through Saturday) Columbus, OH
*Teachers may arrive later than Wednesday, however, conference attendance and registration are required.

Arrive Wednesday, March 20th in time for choir check-in between 2-4pm.
Grab a quick dinner, then all attend the Welcome / Orientation Event followed by your first rehearsal!

Final Performance Date & Venue: March 23, 2019 | Mershon Auditorium at the Wexner Center

Rehearsal Locations & Hotel Lodgings

All 4 choirs will rehearse in the Hyatt Regency Columbus, Lobby Level

Hyatt Regency Columbus

Nightly Room Costs:  $180 single/double/triple/quad

Parent arranges for student/family
Teacher arranges for themselves

RESERVATION ALERT: The OAKE Conference Rate expires at 5 PM (EST) FEB 22, 2019 OR when the OAKE room block is sold out, whichever comes first.

Flight/Travel to Columbus, OH

Costs Vary

All arrange for self / family

Have Questions?

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

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