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May 2016 be a year of joyful song for us all!
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Happy New Year! 

May 2016 be filled with joyful song!


Dear Oregon Children's Choir Families,

A new year brings new music and renewing of our goals to be ambassadors of harmony through music to the world around us. I hope you feel refreshed and ready to start the new year with OCC and all that is in store!

 

The OCC Winter Concert on December 12 was wonderful!  All the varieties of music and so many opportunities for the choirs to showcase their wonderful teamwork. It truly is a wonder to see the progression from Kindergarten through Seniors and how they grow in skills and professionalism.  I hope you felt the warmth and fellowship of your choirs this Winter season. OCC thanks all who volunteer and donate and purchase concessions to help make OCC be better and affordable for all!  Thanks so much for your generosity!

 

Our next OCC concert will be March 6 at 1:30pm at South Eugene High School!  This will be our annual benefit concert. We plan to keep the music lively and feature our own singers in our OCC choirs to ensure a concert of just the right length for all to come to!

 

As we start this new year, OCC would love to hear from you!  Ideas? Suggestions? Things that are working well.  We will be planning our spring and summer workshops.  

 

Thinking ahead...there will be a solo concert for OCC members who wish to perform on April 30.  We will be having sign ups and practice sessions in April. We are hoping for a variety of upbeat songs and ballads so be thinking of what might be fun for you to share with an audience.  

 

Thanks so much for making OCC a part of your lives!  Memories from these times will last forever!

 

Dody Hansen

Executive Director

January Registration Drive!

Help us to recruit new members!


January is a wonderful time for new members to join our choirs! Do you have a friend, a cousin, a neighbor, or a new classmate who might enjoy singing with us? Please encourage them to come to a rehearsal and learn more! You might want to take a peek at our ad in Oregon Family Magazine this month!

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!

Dine Out for OCC: Update Coming Soon!


Thank you to everyone who came out for our "Dine Out for OCC" event at the Wild Duck! We will post the total amount earned as soon as we hear back. Meanwhile, we'll have a new event on Tuesday, February 16th at Yogurt Extreme! Stay tuned for details!
Do You Wanna Plan a Benefit?

There will be a Benefit Concert Planning Meeting on Monday, January 11
th at 5:00. (The location at the church is TBD, but it will be somewhere at First United Methodist Church!)  We will be coming up with raffle basket ideas, silent auction ideas and concession ideas.  If you have any questions, please email Kathryn Genoves at genoves@comcast.net. Any and all help is welcome!

OCC Upcoming Special Events

  • January 29 – Synergy and Some Cool Guys ICHSA
  • February 3 - OCC Hosts the Willamette Valley Honor Choir directed by Professor Christopher Olin at University of Oregon Beall Hall

  • 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 www.escrip.com 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. https://www.fredmeyer.com/account/communityrewards/enroll

 

 

Thanks for your help!


Our concessions and gifts table was a huge success! Thanks goes out to all our concession and craft contributers and purchasers as well as our generous donors at our Winter Concert.  Together we raised over $1700.00.  These funds help with keeping our program enriching as well as reasonable for our choristers, including funding tuition and trip scholarships. THANK YOU!

Changes to Online Payment and Registration Pages

Welcome, new choristers who are joining us in January!

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 genoves@comcast.net

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? http://www.culturaltrust.org/ And consult your tax advisor! (Tax ID # 93-0849041)

 
 
 
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