RA Students Perform with the OAKE National Choir

RA Students Perform with the OAKE National Choir
Posted on 04/04/2018
2018 OAKE National Choir performing on stage

Oklahoma City, OK – The local Nor’easter snow storm did not keep our OAKE National Choir participants from singing!  On March 21-24, 2018, three Renaissance Academy students, attended and performed at the 2018 Organization of American Kodaly Educators National Honors Choir (OAKE) Conference held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Earlier this year, sophomores, Aliyah Quill and Genevieve Heme along with 6th grader, Maribelle Buli went through a rigorous audition process to be selected for this distinguished national choir.

Mrs. Keller and Mrs. Smith, both RA music teachers and members of OAKE prepared the three singers for the auditions and once accepted the selected repertoire.

The OAKE was founded in 1975 with a purpose to promote Kodály's concept of "Music for Everyone" through the improvement of music education in schools.  Held in a different city each year, the National Conference brings 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 Conference Choirs.

While in at the conference, the RA choir members learned from world-renowned composers and attended musical workshops with their music director and fellow singers from around the country, and had the opportunity to tour Oklahoma.

The OAKE choir members began practice with the conductor at the conference starting on March 22 and continued practicing until their feature performance on Saturday, March 24.