Welcome Kodály Educators and Families!
The March 2020 Conference will be hosted in Portland, Oregon. OAKE National Conference Choirs run alongside a professional development conference for educators. Choir dates are March 4 – 7 while the educators’ conference is March 5 – 8.
Look inside the “Conference Choirs” menu at the top of this page to learn more and find any resources throughout this experience.
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) – Singers in grades 4 – 5
- Youth Choir – (SSAA) – Singers in grades 6 – 8 with unchanged voices*
- Concert Women’s Choir – (SSAA) – Sopranos and Altos in grades 9 – 12
- Chamber Ensemble – (SATB) – Soprano and Alto singers selected from the ‘Concert Women’s Choir’ auditions and Tenors and Basses, all in grades 9 – 12
*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.
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