OAKE National Honor Choirs Announcement

Dear Choir Families and OAKE Teachers and Members,

I hope that this letter finds you in good health and know that I am anxiously awaiting when everyone can once again sing together at an OAKE conference, hopefully in the near future. 

Many of the amazing things that happen through OAKE, including the OAKE National Honor Choirs are run by volunteers who closely work with the OAKE staff throughout the year. Many of the volunteers that routinely work with the honor choirs are employed in the field of music education. As you know these volunteers are very busy due to COVID, they are redesigning their curriculum and reimagining what their classrooms look like, sometimes on a week to week basis.

The OAKE National Honor Choirs have long been established as quality music making ensembles when they meet every spring. The choir committee along with the OAKE staff wanted to make sure that if any virtual programming was offered to singers it would match our expectations of an OAKE National Honor Choirs experience.

It is with a heavy heart that I write to you that we will not be able to offer any singing opportunities to students this year. We know that many of our OAKE singers are missing music making deeply, and wish that we were in a circumstance to offer a singing opportunity. However, pulling from our current volunteers we are unable to provide an experience we dream of for an OAKE National Honor Choir. We are turning focus this year toward a virtual professional development conference for teachers, strengthening OAKE’s resilience, and planning an excellent conference and honor choir experience for the following year. I am hopeful that in 2022 we will once again be able to join in song in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with amazing conductors and provide a memorable experience to singers at all levels.

We are excited to announce these internationally respected conductors for the 2022 OAKE National Honor Choirs in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania!

Ruth Dwyer – Children’s Choir
Mary Ellen Junda – Youth Treble Choir
Jason Holmes – Youth Mixed Choir
Jeffery Redding – Concert Treble Choir
Rollo Dilworth – Chamber Choir

I hope to interact with many teachers through the 2021 OAKE Virtual Professional Development Conference and cannot wait to meet singers and families in Pittsburgh in 2022.

Lauren Fladland
Chair, OAKE National Honor Choir Committee

Welcome Kodály Educators and Families!

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.


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