Choirs

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 and KSC (Kodaly Society of Canada) 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.

Resources

General Choir Information Parent & Teacher Resources Accepted Student Resources

Choir FAQ

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

2018 Choirs – Audition Instructions
Guide and instructions for teachers submitting auditions

2018 Choirs – Parent Brochure 
Informational brochure for parents of auditioning singers

Audition Fee Payment Form 

Coming Soon

 

Important Dates and Financial Obligations

Steps

Deadlines/Dates

Fee

Responsibility of 

Applications Open 

August 15

 

Teacher

Application and Fee Deadline – Parent submits online payment form** or teacher collects and mails checks to the OAKE National Office.
**New this year!!  Pay the audition fee online
($1 processing fee)

October 15

$25 USD
Non-refundable

Parent pays online or by check

Teacher submits checks

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

 

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

$230 USD
Non-refundable

 

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

 

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

 

Teacher pays

Event Information

Details/Cost

Responsibility of

Dates for Accepted Singers: MARCH 21 – 24, 2018  (Wednesday through Saturday)  Oklahoma City, OK

*Teachers may arrive later than Wednesday, however, conference attendance and registration are required.

Final Performance Date & Venue: March 24, 2018 | Civic Center Music Hall

Rehearsal Locations & Hotel Lodgings (if accepted)

All 4 choirs will rehearse in the Cox Convention Center. ** We are encouraging choir families to book their room at the Courtyard, but either hotel is about equal distance from the choir rehearsal rooms and meeting space.

RESERVATION DUE DATE: The OAKE Conference Rate expires at 5 PM (CST) on FEBRUARY 28, 2018 OR when the OAKE room block is sold out, whichever comes first.

Nightly Room Costs:

Courtyard by Marriott Oklahoma City Downtown
$185 single/double
triple/quad

The Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel by Marriott
$185 for single/double;
$195 for triple/quad

Parent arranges for student

 

Teachers arrange for themselves

Flight/Travel to Oklahoma City, OK

(if accepted)

Costs Vary

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