Please note: the OAKE National Conference has two parallel events – one for teachers and another for choir singers. Professional Development for teachers is March 3rd – 6th, 2022, as seen in the logo. The National Choirs are offset one day earlier – choir check in is Wednesday, March 2, 2022 in the afternoon with a Welcome Event and first rehearsal. The choir experience concludes with a concert the evening of Saturday, March 5th, 2022.

Join us in Pittsburgh for the 2022 National Conference!

Ruth Dwyer – Children’s Choir (SSA) 
Mary Ellen Junda – Youth Treble Choir (SSAA)
Jeffery Redding – Concert Treble Choir (SSAA)
Rollo Dilworth – Chamber Choir (SATB)

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.

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
  • Concert Treble Choir – (SSAA) – Sopranos and Altos in grades 9 – 12
  • Chamber Ensemble – (SATB) – Soprano and Alto singers selected from the “Concert Treble Choir” auditions and Tenors and Basses, all in grades 9 – 12.





Responsibility of

If Accepted




Student Registration & Fee Deadline

December 15

$300 USD
partial refunds in limited circumstances

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

Teacher Conference Registration Deadline

December 15


Teacher pays

Choir Packets Mailed to Teachers



OAKE National Office

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

January 15


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

Event Information


Responsibility of

Dates for Accepted Singers:  MARCH 2 – 5, 2022 (Wednesday through Saturday) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
*Teachers may arrive later than Wednesday, however, conference attendance and registration are required.

Final Performance Date & Venue: March 5, 2022    |   Carnegie Music Hall

Rehearsal Locations & Hotel Lodgings
(if accepted)

Choirs will rehearse in the Westin and at the David L Lawrence Convention Center (they are right across the street from each other)

Westin Hotel
1000 Penn Avenue
Right across from the David L Lawrence Convention Center

Nightly Room Costs: $165+tax

Nightly Parking: $24-36

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

RESERVATION ALERT: The OAKE Conference Rate expires FEB 9, 2022 OR when the OAKE room block is sold out, whichever comes first.

Flight/Travel to Pittsburgh, PA
(if accepted)

Costs Vary

All arrange for self / family


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