National Choir and Audition Information

2025 choirs will be in Chicago, Illinois March 5 – 8 (Wednesday – Saturday)


If your music teacher sent you here, that’s wonderful news! They’ve identified your child as a potential participant in the OAKE National Conference Choirs! Many families have found this choral endeavor to be life-changing for their young singers.

What is OAKE, the OAKE National Conference, and the National Conference Choirs?

The Organization of American Kodály Educators has a mission 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.

The OAKE National Conference occurs annually, bringing together music educators and clinicians over the course of four days and culminating in the performance of singers selected to participate in the National Choirs.  The audition-based OAKE National Conference Choirs are each led by a nationally renowned conductor.  Accepted singers will learn and memorize programmed music at home, with their own teachers, before going to the conference city where they participate in a rigorous 4-day rehearsal schedule, culminating in a final performance. 



Please explore the OAKE website and speak with your music teacher to learn more. 

  • If your family can commit to these dates and financial obligations, complete the Student Info Form in the Family Brochure and return it to teachers who will then work with singers to complete the audition process. Many audition for this artistic experience and acceptance into the choirs is not guaranteed. 
  • $26 audition fee: must be paid for auditions to be considered. Your teacher will email you a payment link unless your school is covering that cost. Families do not need to create any accounts on the OAKE or Opus websites.
  • Full financial commitment, if accepted: $300 registration fee, plus travel and hotel: Once accepted, choir registration and fee are a very quick turnaround in December. Do estimate other travel expenses.
  • Should your singer be accepted, register quickly by the deadline, then music packets will be shipped to teachers who will work with singers to prepare! The OAKE website will have all the info you need and we’ll alert you to updates by email. 
  • Families must stay at the official conference hotel: It’s close to rehearsals and these reservations defray the cost of rehearsal space and other aspects of the choirs which would otherwise drive up the cost of registration itself. Plus, it’s just fun to see everyone, including the teachers enjoying their own professional conference!
  • Travel plans: Be at the conference hotel in time for Wednesday afternoon Check-in and Orientation. Concerts are Saturday and we recommend Sunday departure.
  • Supervision: The National Conference Choirs Committee will take care of students only during rehearsals. Families or a designated chaperone must accompany them during all down-time, including meal breaks. The rehearsal schedule will be finalized in the weeks just prior to their trip.

Please be mindful that if your singer is accepted but then turns it down, another deserving singer has lost the opportunity.  


Important Dates and Financial Obligations  (subject to change)




Responsibility of

Audition Applications Open Online

August 15

Teacher educates families and singer about opportunity to participate

Audition and Fee Deadline
paid online through Opus Events

October 15

$26 USD

Family completes student info form and returns form to teacher. Family pays fee online (unless school pays). Teacher submits audition.

Audition Results emailed
accepted or declined, all will be emailed 

by November 15


If Accepted



Responsibility of

Student Registration & Fee Deadline
music packets can only be sent for singers registered by the deadline

December 1

$300 USD

Family pays and submits registration 
(unless the school covers the fee)

Music Packets Mailed to Teachers


OAKE / music distributor

Singers Learn Music with Teachers



Teachers, Singers rehearse regularly

Teacher Conference Registration Deadline

Early Bird
January 20


Choir “Extras” Order Deadline
t-shirts, additional concert tickets, etc

January 15


Family or Teachers are welcome to order extra
(both optional)

Event Information

Details / Cost

Responsibility of

Accepted Singers In-Person:  Chicago, IL   MARCH 13-16, 2024 (Wed-Sat rehearsals, Saturday performance) 
*Teachers may arrive later than Wednesday, conference attendance and registration are required.

Visit the Choir Menu at for 
Rehearsal Locations & Hotel Lodgings and group rate booking link

The Palmer House Hilton Hotel

Parent arranges for student/family.
Teachers arrange for themselves.

WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND booking hotel long before the OAKE special rate deadline as the hotel block may fill sooner.

Flight/Travel to Chicago, IL (if accepted)

Costs Vary

All arrange for self/family


$26 Audition fees are non-refundable. If your singer is accepted, $300 participation/ registration fees are due early December. OAKE incurs expenses in anticipation of the event and cannot refund these fees.


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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

(updated 4-3-2024)