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An exciting new year is beginning for OCC! 

We look forward to seeing all of our choristers very soon!
First rehearsals begin next week! (See dates below.)

Dear Oregon Children's Choir Families,

It is always fun to hear about the great music our OCC members and alumni are sharing through their lives all over the nation. OCC has alumni that are singing in choirs all over the nation, alumni also are on the stage, in operas, a cappella groups, teaching music, being amazing concert goers, music fans and inspiring so many others to keep music as a part of their world and share it with others. OCC has raised several ambassadors of harmony that we are so proud of.

Over the summer of 2015, OCC held 4 camps and hosted the Maryland State Boychoir, and all were a success! Our camps were Vocal Skills for Elementary and Middle School, A Cappella for High School and Arranging for A Cappella for HS!  We went over ensemble and solo singing skills, we learned how to arrange and think about music, we were inspired to write our own music and put our own style into our voices, we had workshops with outstanding soloists, teachers and a cappella members from our community and we have great times while doing it all. The Maryland State Boychoir did a workshop with the OCC Boychoir and they were amazing!  We hope to see them again soon!

As we start this new school year OCC hopes you know how important it is to have great music opportunities in our area for youth. We are striving to nurture and educate the youth of today to become musically and vocally diverse artists, patrons, and leaders of the musical world for tomorrow while forming musical bonds and friendships that will last a life time.Do you know of someone who would like to join?  Please share the OCC family with your friends who love to sing and let them know that they are welcome to try it out!

Music touches us in the soul, where words alone can’t. Sing on!

Musically yours,

Dody Hansen
Executive Director

"The only thing better than singing is more singing." ~ Ella Fitzgerald

OCC Parent Meeting!
Sunday, September 13th
3:00-4:00pm at First United Methodist Church!

Parents are requested to attend, but choristers' attendance is optional at this meeting.  We will meet all together in the Fellowship Hall from 3:00-3:30, and then we will break out into our respective choirs from 3:30-4:00.  We will talk about choir goals this year, schedules, uniforms and trips.  Please plan to attend!

IN A RUSH? Make it simpler at the parent meeting by having your forms filled out ahead of time.  Lines can be quite long at the parent meeting.  Our goal is to have everyone registered online and have paid the minimum tuition payment of $75 by this Sunday.  You can also skip an extra step by filling out the health forms ahead of time and bringing them to the meeting instead of filling them out during the meeting.  You can find all the printable forms you need on our website, including health forms, scholarship applications, the parent handbook, etc.  

Print the forms here to save time!


Oregon Children's Choir 2015-16 Rehearsal Schedule
(all rehearsals take place at First United Methodist Church)

Prelude Choir (K-1st gr): Monday 4:30-5:30pm in Room 6

JAS Girls (2nd- 5th gr): Monday 4:30-5:30pm in Room 16

JAS Boys (2nd-5th gr): Mondays 4:30-5:30pm in Rooms 11-12

Girlchoir (6th-8th gr): Mondays 4:10-6:10pm in Room 19

Boychoir (6th-8th gr): Mondays 6:00-8:00pm in Room 16

Middle School A Cappella: TBA (Auditioned from Boychoir and Girlchoir. Starts later in the the OCC Season. Auditions held on October 19.)

Synergy (High School Female): Sunday 4:00-6:00pm in Rooms 11-12

Outburst A Cappella (High School Co-Ed): Sunday 4:00-6:00pm in Room 16

Some Cool Guys (High School Male Only): Sunday 4:00-6:00pm in Room 19

Sforzando A Cappella (Synergy/Outburst Mix): Sunday 6:00-7:00pm in Room 11-12


From now on, OCC concerts will be ticket free!  All are invited at no charge to all OCC concerts! Come enjoy and bring all your friends!

In lieu of ticket sales for our two big concerts, there will be an add-on facility fee of $25 per chorister (formerly, the price for a family season ticket was $35, so it's definitely a cost savings!)  The facility fee can be reduced by scholarships and sibling discounts.  This fee has been added to each chorister’s main tuition amount.  (For the 2015-2016 season only, this extra fee will not have to be paid in full by the tuition balance deadline of October 12th in order to qualify for any early Registration Discounts.)

OCC Concert Series 2015-2016 Season

October  17th, 2015 @ 1:30pm
Preview Concert with Refreshment Social
(First United Methodist Church)

1:30-3:00pm   All OCC Choirs perform two songs each, plus free refreshment social!

December 12th, 2015 @ 1:30pm
Winter Concerts
(First United Methodist Church)

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

March 6th, 2016 @ 1:30pm
OCC Benefit Concerts – 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 and concessions
2:45-3:45pm   Outburst Acappella, Synergy, Some Cool Guys and Sforzando

April 30th, 2016 @ 1:30pm 
OCC Solo and Desert 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!

Additional Performances

Some choirs will have additional performances at special events. Please be sure to note these on your calendar! (Stay tuned for more details!)


  • November 28 – A Cappella Groups

  • November 29 – Jim Brickman Concert in Portland (JAS, Girlchoir and Boychoir)

  • November 29 – A Cappella Groups at Oakway Mall

  • 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

MORE Exciting News!


* NEW Middle School A Cappella Group will start this year!  

The auditions will be on Oct 19 and all auditionees must be from OCC Boychoir and Girlchoir!  This will be a free outbreak group for our OCC middle school choristers this year! Rehearsal times will be an hour once a week and times will be TBA and based on the group’s schedule as much as possible.


* Willamette Honor Choir!

OCC is very proud to host an all new advanced concert choir event called Willamette Honor Choir! With the direction of Christopher Olin, choir and music education professor at the University of Oregon, OCC is proud to announce this new opportunity! If you are in the area of the District 12 High Schools, we are looking for the best 8 choristers from each choir to join in forming the Willamette Valley Honor Choir! The Concert for this choir will be at Beall Hall in the University of Oregon School of Music on February 3, with a rehearsal on January 31.This event will be an advanced opportunity to sing very beautiful and challenging repertoire under the awesome direction of Prof Christopher Olin right where we live! More details to come soon!


OCC JAS Choirs, Girlchoir and Boychoir have been invited to sing at the Jim Brickman "Comfort and Joy Concert" at the Portland 5 Newmark Theater on Nov 29th 2015! We are so honored to be asked to participate in this event! Here is a description of the event taken from his website:

This year, Jim Brickman will bring together the sounds of the season with Comfort & Joy, the 2015 Holiday Tour. Hailed by the Boston Herald as a "crowd-pleaser," Jim celebrates this in a one-of-a-kind concert event filled with lush instrumentals and soaring vocals. 

As he marks this 19 year tradition from coast to coast, Jim will showcase new music, along with holiday favorites and the hits that made him the most charted (30) Billboard® Adult Contemporary artist, earning him two Grammy® nods and four gold albums. With featured musical guests, feelings of comfort and joy are fused together with Jim's most beloved hits like "Valentine,” “If You Believe,” “The Gift," “Angel Eyes,” and "Sending You A Little Christmas.” You’ll be reminded of what we cherish during the most wonderful time of the year. . . Togetherness. 

Payment Information


New Format for Billing!

There will be a new look to all billing notices. OCC is moving to a statement system. All families with siblings will be able to have all their accounts on one statement, which we think will be much easier to read.  

Automatic Payment Plans

Check our online payment page. You will find several options for payment, including automatic 3-month and 8-month payment plans. See our website for more details.

We Need Your Help!

Our dynamic organization thrives year after year because of the invaluable help that we receive from our wonderful parents! There are dozens of ways to volunteer throughout the year. Whether your interests lie in publicity, hospitality, chaperoning, baking, soliciting donations, or ushering, we can use your help! The new Signup Genius link is online, so please see what opportunities appeal to you, and thanks in advance!
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