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 which occurs in a different city each year, bringing together music educators and clinicians over the course of four days. The Conference culminates in the performance of singers selected to participate in the OAKE National Honor Choirs. There are five 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.
The following are the composition of each National Honor Choir:
- Children’s Choir (SSA) – Treble singers in grades 4 – 5
- Youth Treble Choir (SSAA) – Singers in grades 6 – 8 with unchanged voices
- Youth Mixed Choir (SATB) – Singers in grades 6 – 8
- Concert Treble Choir (SSAA) – Sopranos and Altos in grades 9 – 12
- Chamber Choir (SATB) – Soprano and Alto singers selected from the “Concert Treble Choir” auditions and Tenors and Basses, all in grades 9 – 12.