Important news about the March 6th Benefit Concert!
Dine Out at Yogurt Extreme on February 16th!
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Celebrating our connections through music! 

Our choirs are bound together by our common love for singing!

Dear Oregon Children's Choir Families,

Since February is the month of LOVE, I’d like to reflect on the love that exists in our OCC family. Our students are sometimes so busy these days that it’s hard to say whether they actually have time for a social life. All humans long for connection and acceptance, and music and teamwork is the path that we provide for our youths to experience this through our ten wonderful choirs.


Music games and playing together are a BIG part of our Prelude and JAS choirs. They begin to play together and then eventually realize they are singing as a group and feel as though they are contributing and are proud of their contributions. They learn that they can safely be a part of this group without judgement or competition. There is also laughing and movement together, which is so gratifying to see in these young fun-loving choristers.


In our Girlchoir, Boychoir, and Noteworthy, our choristers have begun taking their music seriously. They are learning a huge variety of music styles, and they are feeling great about their accomplishments as a team. Middle School has a reputation for being a hard time for kids to feel confidence and acceptance in their worlds. In our choirs, our directors make sure that there is a positive vibe that resonates with the choristers. They laugh together, learn how to be in sections, learn about their changing voices, tell jokes, and feel as though this is a place where they are accepted, protected, and challenged. Trips and social events are big for these groups as this is one of the only times they get to bond, perform, and have fun as part of a loving group in a safe but adventurous place.


In Outburst, Some Cool Guys, Synergy, and Sforzando, singers have opportunities to perfect their craft as a team. A cappella singing is a huge challenge and relies heavily on teamwork. The acceptance and support in each section is a huge part of being able to even keep singing when learning these songs. I have seen these groups walking to downtown together to perform laughing along the way, breaking up into sectional work and having so much to talk about sometimes they forget to sing, late night rehearsals playing games they may have not played in years, bonding with meals and hugs and hand holding, singing as though that is all that matters in the world at that moment, not thinking about if you have an audience or if everyone is on pitch or if they got all the moves right but just singing and feeling connected through the power of music. As these choirs all have places they will go to compete or share their music in, OCC hopes that all the groups feel the connection of music, and it is that love that they take away and spread from meeting and hearing other choirs.


As I see the connection music has given to so many of our members through the years, I am honored to be involved with an organization like OCC and will continue to support it as our wonderful families have done for 34 years. We are proud of our OCC family from the young to the old!


Love is all around, and it resonates through our music!


Dody Hansen

OCC Executive Music Director


Dine Out for OCC:
Yogurt Extreme!

Please join us on Tuesday, February 16th at Yogurt Extreme! Your purchase will help to support our programs. Please print the flyer and bring it to Yogurt Extreme, and they will donate 25% of our purchases toward OCC! Thanks so much!

Raffle Tickets Available for Pre-Sale!
New this year:  You can pre-purchase raffle tickets online!  

Pre-pay for raffle tickets for you or for someone else, and we will fill them out for you to either be picked up at will call or put into whichever prize hopper you would like (Choose either Will Call or Contact Me when purchasing tickets.). Best part: no wasting time filling out your tickets!  (Need not be present to win.) Good Luck!

We still need volunteers! Can you help?

We still need some help with our Benefit Concert on March 6th! OCC relies heavily on the funds raised by this event to help make our programs affordable and to provide scholarship funds. We'll need help with requesting donations for our auction, with pre-sales of raffle tickets, with arranging gift baskets, and of course we need actual donations for the auction! You can sign up here to volunteer with any of these tasks. Thank you! If you have any questions, please email Kathryn Genoves at Any and all help is welcome! 

Congratulations to our A Cappella Choirs!

Some Cool Guys and Synergy just competed in the ICHSA semifinals!  They were powerful groups and had such a great attitude.  Awards were given to Synergy, Kyra Siegel, Emelia Reed, Margaret Gleason, Abigail Howell for Best Choreography, Jack McGaughey for Best Vocal Percussion and Arielle Ward for Best Soloist!  Their performances were filled with energy and power and OCC is very proud of their work and support of the other groups at the festival! Check out this review of the event! Noteworthy Middle School A Cappella group went to the ICHSA semifinals to cheer on Synergy and Some Cool Guys! It was such a fun event, and the middle schoolers were really inspired by the performances they saw. Congratulations to all, and thanks to our amazing directors!


Themed Gift Baskets for the Raffle!


At our Benefit Concert on March 6th, we will have a raffle of themed gift baskets. Each choir will have their own theme for a basket.  Please contribute toward the theme if you can.  We ask for a money contribution of $2-$5, or, if you can, an item contribution toward the theme.  The sky’s the limit!!  We are also asking businesses to contribute toward these themes as well.  Got some gift cards or holiday gifts you would like to pass on?  We will gladly take them.

Prelude – Lego Basket

JAS Boys – Go Ducks!

JAS Girls – Arts and Crafts

Boychoir – Nerd/Movies (back by popular demand)

Girlchoir – Salon/Spa

All High School Choirs – Gift Card Tree – please contribute toward purchasing a gift card or donating a gift card worth $25 or more.

** Raffle items will be collected at rehearsals.  Thanks so much! **

Director Spotlight

Get to know JAS Boys Director Tama Rowan!

Tama Rowan conducts the Boy Junior Academy Singers. Tama holds Bachelor and Master degrees in Music Education from the University of Oregon. She has taught music in the Eugene area for over 35 years. Currently she is the music specialist at Mt. Vernon Elementary School in Springfield. Tama is also a director with Rose Children’s Theater. Tama has been with the Oregon Children’s Choir since 2003.
-What's your favorite past time?  Well, that’s a hard one.  Until I retire I don’t have much time free for hobbies or past times!  I do like puzzles, pinochle and travel when there’s time! 
-What was one of your favorite songs as a teen?  Any Carole King or Joni Mitchell song…loved Tapestry & Big Yellow Taxi (I listened to a lot of Neil Young and Earth Wind and Fire too!)
-Favorite Restaurant?  Cafe Soriah…their calamari app, Steak Diane and Banana’s Foster! 
-Who is one of your favorite singers?  Bobby McFerrin (& Evynne Hollens!)
-How did you get interested in music and choir?  I started piano lessons when I was four.  Up until Middle School (Junior High), piano playing and accompanying was all I wanted to do.  I didn’t like singing much at all.  When I went to Roosevelt Middle School Arnie Laferty was my home room teacher.  He was an incredibly progressive choir and drama teacher as well.  He and Ed Ragozzino had a theater mecca between Roosevelt and South Eugene High School (kind of like today!).  I sang in an incredible madrigal ensemble with elegant costumes (I had a green velvet dress.)  I also fondly remember being in the chorus of How to Succeed in Business and Jesus Christ Superstar at Roosevelt and, from that point on, I was hooked on singing and theater!
-Who is your favorite composer?  I love Johannes Brahms (his piano Intermezzos in particular).  Chorally John Rutter is a favorite, and then, Stephen Schwartz and Stephen Sondheim are high up on my list of musical composers.
-What would be the greatest performance of your life?  Being able to direct a full chorus (with adult voices & boys choir) and full orchestra of Carl Orff’s, Carmina Burana (I think OCC should do this!!!)  I had the honor of watching my son sing this composition at South Eugene High School under Jim Steinberger’s direction.  I believe it was a long time dream of Jim's too.  Left goosebumps on me for days…seeing and hearing O Fortuna live is AMAZING!
- What is one of your favorite moments with OCC? Oh goodness!  Their are TOO many to list.  I love parts of each and every concert we have shared with our community.  Some of my favorite memories are of the tours though…especially the squirt gun boats in Wilsonville.
- Any closing thoughts?  I love singing.  I love directing singers.  I love listening to all of our incredible OCC choirs.  I love directing with this incredible group of directors and directors of our past.  I love our many talented choristers and their supportive families. I love our Monday rehearsals, they are a highlight of my week and certainly a GREAT way to start it!  I love OCC!!!

Summer Camp Dates!


OCC Vocal Skills Camps this summer will be:
July 11-15, 2016 (grades 6-9)
July 18-22, 2016 (grades K-2 and 3-5)
Mark your calendars!

OCC Concert Schedule


March 6th, 2016 @ 1:30pm
OCC Benefit Concert – OCC choirs perform two songs each
(South Eugene High School)

1:30- 2:30pm   Prelude Choir, Junior Academy Singers Girls and Boys, Girlchoir, Boychoir
2:30-2:45pm    *Intermission: concessions, raffle baskets, and silent auction!
2:45-3:45pm   Outburst Acappella, Synergy, Some Cool Guys and Sforzando

April 30th, 2016 @ 1:30pm 
OCC Solo and Dessert Concert (fundraiser)
(First United Methodist Church)
1:30-3:00pm – Choristers may perform as individuals or in small groups (optional)

May 15th, 2016 @ 2:00pm
Spring Concerts - all OCC Choirs perform
(First United Methodist Church)

2:00-3:15pm   Prelude Choir, Junior Academy Singers Girls and Boys, Girlchoir, Boychoir
3:15-3:30pm    *Intermission and concessions
3:30-4:30pm   Outburst Acappella, Synergy, Some Cool Guys and Sforzando

June 5, 2016
All OCC A Cappella Concert
(time and location TBA)

NOTE: Choristers are encouraged to support each other by listening to each other's performances. However, choir members are free to depart or arrive to performances during the intermission time or when their director schedules their warm up time. As always, we strive to respect each other as much as possible, as we are one big musical family!

OCC Upcoming Special Events

  • March 5 – A Cappella in Albany
  • March 11-13 – Synergy and Some Cool Guys to She Sings in Berkeley, CA

  • April 16 – Pleasant Hill A Cappella and Outburst to Rose City Sing Off A Cappella

  • April 19 – Oregon Children’s Choral Festival – Girlchoir and Boychoir in Hult Center


Do You Ever Buy Stuff?

If you ever shop at Amazon, Fred Meyer, or Market of Choice, you can help OCC just by making your usual purchases! 


The  Oregon Children’s Choir receives 0.5% of sales through the AmazonSmile link.  Register now and bookmark this link for easy access:


Escrip for OCC – Register with Escrip and The Oregon Children’s Choir will receive a portion of sales from grocery, local retail, online shopping and various restaurants.  Go to to register and to pick The Oregon Children’s Choir as your organization of choice.


Fred Meyer Community Rewards – Link your Fred Meyer Rewards card to The Oregon Children’s Choir and Fred Meyer will donate a portion of sales to OCC!  Follow this link to register your Fred Meyer Rewards Card.



Changes to Online Payment and Registration Pages

Welcome, new choristers who are joining us mid-year!

We have made changes to assist our new choristers who will be registering beginning this month.  Tuition prices and payment plans have been updated to reflect the January start date.  As always, we offer the “Make a Payment” option at the bottom of the Online Payment page for everyone’s convenience. If you have any questions about payments, please contact Kathryn at

Support Our Work with a Financial Contribution!

We are sending a letter this December to all OCC alumni in which we will request a year-end financial contribution. Donor support helps area children of all ages be part of something extraordinary – and often life changing! Donations are tax deductible and can be given for general needs or as “scholarship” funds to help children who would not otherwise be able to be part of this great opportunity.

We keep donor information strictly private, if requested, and scholarship gifts go directly to reduce choristers tuition or trip costs. You can pay with any major credit card, bank transfer or e-check through PayPal, the world leader in safe, secure, online payment processing. Thank you for your consideration! 


Looking for more than a tax deduction?

Remember that the Oregon Children’s Choir is a member of the Oregon Cultural Trust!

What does this mean to you? A tax credit and a deduction on your Oregon income tax! A tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction on the bottom-line better than a deduction! In fact,100% tax credit on donations of up to $500 for individuals and $2,500 for corporations!

Sound interesting? Get the full details at? And consult your tax advisor! (Tax ID # 93-0849041)

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