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DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME! Spring Forward on March 12th!
Can you help Synergy and SCG get to NYC?
** Summer camp dates now posted! **
 
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Reflecting on what we've accomplished...

Dear Oregon Children's Choir Family,

When  I look back upon all of the memories I have with OCC over the years, I feel so proud of all of our choristers! They are the reason that we work so hard to keep OCC going -- so that they will keep singing! 

Here's a list of ten things that OCC has accomplished during my years of involvement:

  • We've given hope to the youth in our choirs.
  • We've offered a sense of acceptance.

  • We've brought joy to our communities.

  • We've made memories that we smile about later when looking back.

  • We've created a feeling of team spirit, pride, and accomplishment.

  • We've invited, hosted, befriended and welcomed music makers from around the world!

  • We've traveled together in new places. sharing our music with others and having adventures along the way.

  • We've learned new music, singing skills, and how to be good friends together.

  • We've spread love, laughter and belonging to others and each other.

  • We've performed songs that we will treasure in our hearts forever.

I hope that you will take some time to reflect on what choir means to you.  

Let us know what you love most about choir and what you’d like to see more of in choir.  We would love to hear from you! oregonchildrenschoirinfo@gmail.com


Dody Hansen
Executive Director
"Music inspires, moves, and connects us all!"

Summer Singing with OCC!


We are excited to announce the dates for our 2017 Summer Camps! (More details and registration information will follow soon!)

July 17-21 -- Triple Threat Camp! (Offered in conjunction with Rose Children's Theatre and Eugene Ballet Academy) For middle school and high school students.

July 24-28 -- Vocal Skills for Middle/High School!

July 31-August 11 (9am-1pm) -- Recording Camp 1 (Middle/High School)

July 31-August 11 (2pm-6pm) -- Recording Camp 2 (Middle/High School)

August 14-18 -- Vocal Skills for Elementary School! The theme will be "Disney Songbook" with half-day and full-day options!

For more details, visit our website!


 

Benefit Concert! 

Thank you so much!
 
Thank you to everyone who came to OCC's Benefit Concert. Your assistance and contributions raised funds that will help us to keep OCC's programs both enriching and affordable! We're especially grateful because we will be awarding many trip scholarships this year! 
Girlchoir performed "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" at the Benefit Concert.

New OCC Parent & Alumni Choir!


We would meet on Mondays from 6:00pm until 7:30pm, probably every 2 weeks (or as needed). We would sing for an hour and have social time afterwards. It would be at FUMC in room 19. Paula Ward has offered to lead this fun group!  Our repertoire would be 3-4 parts SATB, classic choir literature and maybe collaboration with other OCC choirs. If you are interested, please email oregonchildrenschoirinfo@gmail.com for more details!

Spring Trip Information!


All choirs (except Prelude) plan on taking a trip this Spring. Trip Deposits will begin to appear on statements in January. The elementary choirs will take a one day trip (average cost $50-$75)  The middle school choirs will be taking multi-day trips (average costs $300-$800 depending on choir). Some high school groups will be taking a one-day trip and some will be taking a multi0day trip (please contact your director/parent helper for more information.)

To secure travel plans, OCC will be billing a non-refundable trip deposit. Please discuss with your director if you will not be joining your choir’s trip this year (trips are considered a requirement as a member of the choir unless it has been approved by your director to miss the trip). The deposit will be due beginning the end of February. For any questions, please contact your director or Kathryn Genoves, Accounts Manager at oregonchildrenschoirbilling@gmail.com.

Deposit amounts are as follows:

* JAS choirs -- $25 deposit
* One day high school trip deposits -- $50 deposit
* Multi-day road trip deposits -- $100 deposit
* Trips including airfare -- $200 deposit  
Trip Scholarship Drive!

Can you help us to raise money for scholarships?

Last year OCC provided nearly $2,500 in trip scholarships to those who needed financial help for choir trips. This year we have a 25% increase in membership and will be taking bigger trips, so we anticipate an even greater need for financial assistance than we saw last year. Our goal for 2016-17 is $3,000.

** If you need a trip scholarship, please let us know ASAP! **
Email Kathryn Genoves at oregonchildrenschoirbilling@gmail.com


If you would like to donate to the trip scholarship fund, just click here to donate!
Thank you for helping our choristers have such memorable experiences!!

MORE Fundraisers?


That's right! So many of our choirs have trips coming up, and trips are expensive! These fundraisers will offer much-appreciated financial assistance! Please help us to spread the word about our "March Madness" -- thanks!
 

March 12th -- Oregon Boychoir will be singing at Roaring Rapids Pizza for a Dine Out Fundraiser and selling raffle tickets for prizes worth over $100. Details on our website!

March 15th and 16th -- Dine Out at Dickie Jo's and Dickie Yo's, the NYC Fund will get 25% of flyer sales. You can find the flyers on our Facebook page!

March 19th -- Save the best for last! The Synergy/Some Cool Guys NYC Fundraiser Concert where you will be able to catch both groups; award-winning sets as well as see guest performances by UO's Divisi and Evynne Hollens!! This event will have awesome raffle and silent auction items, too! Starts at 6:30pm at FUMC, 1376 Olive St. Don't miss this one!

Whew!! It is fundraising March Madness!! Thank you for supporting these amazing kids! 

Mark Your Calendar!

(Note the NEW changes!!!)


Free admission to all official OCC concerts! (Each choir may have additional performances throughout the year.)

Final Concerts

May 7, 2017 at 2:00pm - 3:30pm 
High School Choirs

May 7, 2017 at  5:30pm - 7:00pm
Elementary and Middle School Choirs

June 4, 2017 at 7:00pm - 8:30pm
All OCC A Cappella Concert 

Additional Performances

April 15 – Rose City Sing Off – Synergy and Some Cool Guys

April 18 – Oregon Children’s Choral Festival – GirlChoir and BoyChoir in Hult Center

We hope to see you all at all the concerts, and we encourage choristers to support each other! We think that our youngest choristers will benefit the most from these changes, as it is especially hard for them to sit through longer performances.  Thanks for your patience and thoughtfulness of others' schedules.  Please let me know if you know of any major conflicts for large groups of our singers.  The directors and I are trying to accommodate as well as we can. Thanks!
OCC JAS Boys March 5, 2017 - "People Got to Be Free"
JAS Boys performed "People Got to Be Free" at the Benefit Concert.


Parents, we are always looking for volunteers to help in a wide variety of capacities! Click here to sign up for a volunteer position at one of our events! (This Signup Genius page will be updated throughout the year!)

Right now, we are also specifically looking for an
 alumni coordinator
as well as fundraisers.


Please remember that all families are asked to volunteer for at least 2 tasks per year. The other option is to pay $100 (tax-deducatible) and be excused from volunteering duties. To inquire about that option, send an email to oregonchildrenschoirbilling@gmail.com

If you have skills in any of these areas, please let us know!
Just email oregonchildrenschoirinfo@gmail.com
Thanks so much!

It's Not Too Late to Donate to OCC!


If you believe in the mission of Oregon Children's Choir to share the joy of music with youth in the Eugene/Springfield community, we hope you'll take this opportunity to share a monetary donation with us! Whether big or small, every contribution adds up and makes a difference in terms of our ability to serve. The more donations we receive, the more scholarships we can offer!

And, EVEN BETTER, if you donate to OCC and a matching donation to the Oregon Cultural Trust, you'll receive a 100% tax credit for the Oregon Cultural Trust!!


The Oregon Children’s Choir is a proud member of the Oregon Cultural Trust.  If you donate to OCC (up to $1000.00 per household, $2500.00 per class-C corporation) and match the same donation to the Oregon Cultural Trust, you will receive a 100% state tax credit. To donate to OCC, please click here:
http://www.oregonchildrenschoir.com/donate.html

To donate to The Oregon Cultural Trust, please click here:
http://www.culturaltrust.org/get-involved/donate/

Thank you for supporting the arts in Oregon!
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