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Mini-Conference with Dr. LÁSZLÓ NEMES
Choral Repertoire in Creative Ways
Thursday, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm | $75/Members, $100/Non Members

This workshop will provide practical ideas for teaching choral repertoire in creative ways, both in the music classroom, as well as in choral rehearsal.Repertoire will be selected from a wide range of musical genres which exhibit great variety in terms of difficulty.

Opening Ceremonies Keynote Address
Thursday, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, open to public
Keynote with Dr. LÁSZLÓ NEMES

Dr. László Norbert Nemes has been director of the International Kodály Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Kecskemét since 2008. For twelve years he worked as the associate conductor of the Hungarian Radio Children’s Choir. Since September 2014 Dr. Nemes has been artistic director of the New Liszt Ferenc Chamber Choir of the Liszt Academy, a highly sought after choral ensemble formed from current and past students of the Liszt Academy of Music. As a music pedagogue and guest conductor, Dr. Nemes regularly gives workshops and master classes all around the world. In recognition of his artistic activities he received the Bartók-Pásztory Award in 2005.


Opening Ceremonies Opening Concert
Thursday, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, open to public
Opening Concert 
with The Norman Children’s Chorus

Norman Children’s Chorus is celebrating its 26th season. Our mission is to provide children with the opportunity to sing quality choral music in a community setting, to further the singer’s vocal development and musicianship skills, and to provide the community with the opportunity to hear a variety of traditional and contemporary choral music sung by children. The Chamber Choir is an auditioned choir for children 5th-8th grade with unchanged voices. NCC has an educational partnership with The University of Oklahoma, hiring two OU students as interns every year. Our choir meets once a week for 90 minutes and enjoys collaborative concerts with local artists in our September to April season. NCC has sung for the OMEA state music conference eight times over the years. We are honored to sing for OAKE.


Sunday Spotlight Session with JILL TRINKA
Children’s Singing Games in the North American African Diaspora
Sunday, 10 am – 12 pm
Participants in this extended session will learn children’s singing games from West Africa, The Caribbean, South and North Eastern United States, and the Deep South as they investigate potential use in music literacy-based curricula, from elementary through collegiate ear training levels of instruction. Performance style and notational issues will be considered.

Dr. Jill Trinka is Professor and Coordinator of Music Education at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC, where she teaches ear training and sight-singing, elementary music methods, and classroom instrument courses. She has directed Kodály Institutes at The University of Texas (Round Top), University of North Texas, DePaul University (Chicago), Portland State University (OR), and the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN), and has taught in Kodály programs at West Chester University, Texas Tech, Holy Names, Fresno State, and The Hartt School. A past president of the Organization of American Kodály Educators and 2003 recipient of their Outstanding Educator Award, Dr. Trinka is internationally known by children, parents, and music educators as “a dynamic, winsome, and energetic teacher and performer.” Her performances bring new life to the musical and cultural treasures of American folk music as she accompanies herself on the dulcimer, autoharp, guitar, and banjo. Jill’s publications – My Little Rooster, Bought Me a Cat, John, the Rabbit, and The Little Black Bull; Jill Trinka: The Bass Hall Children’s Concerts (Ft. Worth, TX); and recordings Had a Little Rooster, There’s a Hole in the Bucket, and Old Joe Clark – are available from GIA Music.


Choir For web smallerNational Conference Choirs Concert
Saturday, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | $25/GA, $5/Student or Child
Civic Center Music Hall
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 National Conference Choir Concert will be held in the beautiful Civic Center Music Hall, a 15 minute walk (.7 miles) from the Conference Hotel. For parking information, please go to okcciviccenter.com/your-visit. The Civic Center has street level, ADA accessible, and private paid garage parking available, subject to availability.

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