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Final concert May 15th! Volunteers needed!
Early registration for next year begins May 16th!
Summer camp information! And MORE! 
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OCC Meet and Greet on Thursday, May 5th!

Membership Meeting on Monday, May 16th! 


Dear OCC Families,

AS our 2015-16 Season comes to a close we want to thank you the families for all your efforts to support your chorister in their vocal education!  All the song memorizing , rehearsals, trips, performances, festivals, laughing with each other, creating with each other and being inspired by each other has made this year a great one of memories and music!

I’d like to thank our OCC board that takes the time to make sure that OCC keeps on the right track and is building a strong youth arts community in our cities. Being on the board doesn’t only mean meeting about the budget but and policy but it represents the OCC community and drives what OCC’s future will look like.  I thank you for your dedication!

I’d like to thank those that volunteered!  From trips, rehearsals, performances, fundraisers, and camp helpers to meetings, office cleanouts, website building, music copying, finance checking and more!  OCC could not be happier to have all your help through the year.  Volunteers make the world a better place!

OCC directors are so great!  Each director has a skill set all their own making it a great music and vocal education as the choristers go from choir to choir.  They pick, teach, sing, play, laugh all while holding to high expectations of not only performance but respect, bonding and supporting each other.  I’m so glad our directors work so hard and happily to bring your chorister up to meet their potential chorally and in a community of love!

Please look into registering in the Spring starting on May 16 for the next 2016-17 Season!  I have a feeling it will be our best yet!  So much fun and music!  Don’t miss it!  

“I don’t sing because I’m happy; I’m happy because I sing!”
Dody Hansen
OCC Executive Music Director

Meet and Greet on Thursday, May 5th!

The OCC Board would love to meet-and-greet all parents with a gathering at FUMC, Thursday, May 5th at 6:00pm.  We will have snacks and a little presentation about the OCC board.  This coming year is going to be so much fun! The OCC Boards of the past and present have worked so hard to make the structure of the organization strong, and we are now at one of our largest enrollment years ever.  Please consider being part of our team!

Move-Up Day! Bring a Friend!

Monday, May 16th is Move-Up/ Bring-a-friend day where kids graduating from their choirs can visit the choir they will be in next year, and all kids can bring a friend to rehearsal and show them how much fun choir is. Please invite a friend who would love OCC -- the more, the merrier! 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE FINAL CONCERT

OCC families, the final concert is Sunday, May 15th.  Please sign up for a job through this Signup Genius link.  This is a great opportunity to help out if you haven’t already.  We do ask that families contribute their volunteer tome at least twice during the choir season.  We also have a volunteer opt out of a $100 tax deductible donation.  Contact Kathryn Genoves if you are interested in opting out, genoves@comcast.net

OCC Member Meeting and Board Election!
We'll have important news about next year!

 
On Monday, May 16th at 4:30pm, OCC will have a quick membership meeting and election for new board members.  All families registered during the choir season are members of OCC.  Please come and hear a very short presentation about how our year went, get information about summer camps and early registration discounts for the next choir season.  We will also be holding an election for next year’s board members. Make your vote count!

Registration for 2016-17 begins May 16th!

Discounts for early registration and siblings!
Scholarships available!

On Monday, May 16thwe will launch online registration for the next choir season. 

Those who register online between 5/16 and 6/30 and pay the first tuition payment of $75 will receive a $50 discount if tuition is paid in full by 10/10.

Those who register between 7/1 and 8/31 and pay the first tuition payment of $75 will receive a $25 discount if tuition is paid in full by 10/10.

Sibling discounts and scholarships are, as always, available. Our goal is to make our programs accessible to as many children as possible!

Summer Camp Dates!

 

Mark your calendars and register today!

Registration is in full swing for our three summer camps.  
** Please note, the Recording Studio camp is close to full. **
More details (and online registration) on our website!

Recording Studio Skills Camp:  June 27th-July 8th, M-F (except July 4th)
Director: Chris Dobson
Location: South Eugene High School. 
This is open to 6th-12th graders.  The $225 fee includes all the equipment needed to create your own recordings at home (the equipment is yours to keep after the camp) including microphone, headphones, etc .  Students do need to bring a laptop from home that can run Windows or Mac OS.

Vocal Skills Camp (Grades 6–9): July 11th – 15th
Directors: Chris Dobson and Madison Kettwig
Location: South Eugene High School. 
The campers will develop skills on how to inprove their solo and ensemble singing, music reading skills, emoting a song, breath and range support skills and much more.  We will also be featuring some fantastic workshoppers throughout the week

Elementary Vocal Skills Camp (grades K-5): July 18th – July 22nd 
Directors: Kathryn Leonard, JoVone Kettwig and Wayne Strong with vocal solo work by Madison Kettwig
Location: Wesley United Methodist Church, 1385 Oakway (PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN VENUE)  This camp will include solo and ensemble skills, working with instruments, playing games, and karaoke fun.  This year our finale concert will be at the Lane County Fair where all students get to sing on stage at the Fair!!

Final Concert Warm-up Locations
and Sound Check Times!

Prelude - Youth Center (downstairs)
JAS Girls - Room 16
JAS Boys - Room 11
GirlChoir & Noteworthy - Room 19
BoyChoir - Basement
Outburst - Room 18
SYNERGY & SFZ - Chapel
Some Cool Guys - Room 6

Sound check (in the Sanctuary) will be short:
12:50-1:00pm - Noteworthy
1:10-1:20pm - Synergy
1:20-1:30pm - Some Cool Guys
1:30-1:40pm - Outburst
1:40pm - Sanctuary Doors open

OCC Concert Schedule

 

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!

Sign-up for A Cappella Auditions!
Sunday June 12th 4:00-8:00pm 

 

We will be having 5 minute audition slots for OCC’s Advanced Women (Synergy with Megan Lenhardt), Advanced Men (Some Cool Guys with Josh Lenhardt) and OCC’s New Intermediate Men and Women’s A cappella Group with Madison Kettwig. Please bring a 1-minute a cappella song that shows your range and vocal strengths. Click here for more information and to sign up for your audition slot!

 

Junior Academy Singers (JAS)
Spring Tour is May 23rd!


The JAS Girls and Boys choirs will be taking a combined singing tour and trip on May 23rd.  They will be visiting Mt. Vernon and Pleasant Hill Elementary Schools, and then it’s off to the Family Fun Center in Wilsonville, Oregon for mini-golf, go carts, pizza and much more! There will be an important parent meeting on Monday, May 16th at 5:00pm.

 

Director Spotlight

Get to know JAS Girls Director Kathryn Leonard!

Kathryn Leonard has worked with the Oregon Children's Choir since 2013, first as the director of the Prelude Choir, then as the director of the Junior Academy Singers Girl Choir. Kathryn is the music and drama specialist at O'Hara Catholic School, where she teaches general music to students in Preschool - 8th grade, as well as elective choir and theatre programs. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Marylhurst University, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Pacific University. She is certified in early childhood and elementary education, as well as music education. Kathryn has served on the voice faculty of The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts, and as the Music Director and Curriculum Designer for the Eugene Concert Choir’s Educational Outreach Program. As a performer, Kathryn has given solo recitals in venues such as Pittock Mansion, the Old Church, and as part of the Hult Center’s SHOcase series, and has sung with many choirs across the Northwest. Locally, Kathryn has been a soloist for the Eugene Vocal Arts Ensemble and the Eugene Concert Choir, and has been a lead performer for the Oregon Festival of American Music. 


-What's your favorite past time?
    Beyond teaching and performing music, I love to garden. My favorite flowers are roses and lilacs, and my favorite edible to grow is strawberries.

-What was one of your favorite songs as a teen?
    I loved N'Sync as a teenager! Some of my favorites were "Bye Bye Bye" and "Tearing Up My Heart." 

-Favorite Restaurant?
    I enjoy the cheese and chocolate fondue at The Vintage in downtown Eugene.

-What is one of your favorite singers?
    Josh Groban is one of my favorites. I have seen him in concert more than any other artist...4 times as of last year! I had several of his songs performed at my wedding.

-How did you get interested in music and choir?
    Coming from a musical family, I loved to sing from a very young age with my mom. I started first in church choirs, and then at school and in drama productions. I loved performing, and I decided to major in music in college. To help pay for college, I taught private lessons in my own studio, where I discovered my love of teaching. I decided to combine my two loves in my career track.

-Who is your favorite composer/performer?
    Musical theatre composers are some of my favorites. I love Andrew Lloyd Webber, especially his dramatic songs, such as "All I Ask of You" from the Phantom of the Opera. I love Sondheim, Schwartz, Gerswin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and Alan Menken, to name just a few.

-What would be the greatest performance of your life?
    My favorite performance was my portrayal of Tuptim in "The King and I," produced by the Shedd Institute at the Hult Center. That part was full of drama, and allowed me to show off some of my highest vocal range. Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals are some of my favorites, and it was a dream come to true to play a part in one of my favorite shows.

- What is one of your favorite moments with OCC?
    I love any time all of our OCC choirs sing together. I think the collaboration of our littlest students with our oldest students and everyone in between is so fun to watch and be a part of!

- Any closing thoughts?
     I love directing for OCC, and watching the musical progress and friendships being formed through the years! 
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