Summer camp details! Profile of Director Chris Dobson!
And can you help us by pre-ordering a professional video
of our final concerts from Stafford Video?
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April showers bring... more singing! 

We're looking forward to our Final Concerts and Summer Camps!

Dear OCC Families,

Our OCC summer camps are going to be awesome this summer!  

I remember going to music camps during my younger years.  The feeling of accomplishment, fun times, friend connections, silly times with the staff and being inspired to create with music throughout the school year made camp, some of the most enjoyable times in my youth.

OCC Campers will learn skills like solo and ensemble singing, vocal music reading skills, ear training, vocal technique and health, audition technique, performance skills, songwriting, song emoting and interpretation, breath control and more!  There will be fun times like Karaoke, crafts, games, music video making and more!

OCC has some of the very best directors in town -- and an unbeatable price!  Such great connections and memories are made at camps... OCC strives to give skills and fun to all our campers.  Go to our website at to get more info and register. Bring a friend and let others know about these great opportunities!

“I don’t sing because I’m happy; I’m happy because I sing!” - William James

Dody Hansen

OCC Executive Music Director

Summer Camp Details!

with Chris Dobson
OCC 6th-12th Grade
June 27-July 1 & July 5-8

To Register for OCC Recording Skills Camp CLICK HERE

6th-9th Grade Vocal Camp
with Chris Dobson and Madison Kettwig
July 11-15
from 10:00am-3:00pm
(optional arrival time of 9am)

To Register for OCC 6-9 Grade Vocal Camp CLICK HERE

Elementary Vocal Camps
K-2nd Grades & 3rd-5th Grades
with Kathryn Leonard, Madison Kettwig, Wayne Strong and JoVone Kettwig
July 18-22 from 9:00am-1:00pm

To Register for OCC Elementary Vocal Camp CLICK HERE

Director Spotlight

Get to know Boychoir Director Chris Dobson!

Chris holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Oregon. He grew up in Eugene, participating in school choirs, the Oregon Children’s Choir and the Oregon Bach Festival Youth Choral Academy.  At the University of Oregon, Chris sang in the University Singers, the Chamber Choir and On the Rocks (the University of Oregon’s male a cappella group).  Chris was the 2005 recipient of the Max D. Risinger Award for Excellence in Choral Music Education.  As an active local musician, he conducts and sings with various choirs throughout the performance season. He has also served as clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor for various Oregon choral festivals such as the 2016 International Championship of Collegiate Acappella Northwest Semifinals and the 2013 Oregon Children's Choir Festival.  Chris currently teaches choir at South Eugene High School and Spencer Butte Middle School, directs the Oregon Boychoir and Outburst Acappella, and sings with the nationally-recognized contemporary acappella group, Rezonate. He is also an active composer and arranger, having won the best original arrangement award at the Northwest Harmony Sweepstakes competition in March of 2009.

-What's your favorite pasttime?

I count myself truly fortunate that I am able to have a career centering on what is also my very favorite hobby.  I play and sing music for fun constantly.  I also love to travel, create things like origami and bow ties, and do things involving technology.

-What was one of your favorite songs as a teen?
My teenage playlist was all over the map.  The memories that come to mind right away are listening to Dave Matthew's Band's "Under the Table and Dreaming" album almost every day one year in high school, fervently "conducting" Gabriel Fauré's "Cantique De Jean Racine" in my room and riding in the car on the way to the coast with my family listening to the Cranberries' "Linger" on repeat as quickly as I could get my walkman to rewind the tape.

-Favorite Restaurant? 
I know it's not a restaurant, but my favorite place to eat out is the Searl's house.  They really know how to cook!  I also enjoy McMennamin's North Bank, admittedly for the view.

-Who is one of your favorite singers?
This changes constantly for me as my inspirations and experiences develop, but if I had to limit my playlist to just one singer for a week, I think I would listen to Dianne Reeves.  She is able to manipulate her voice to be both powerful and nuanced in a way that is very rare for singers.  She is also one of the greatest performers I have ever had the privilege of seeing live.

-How did you get interested in music and choir?
As with many things in life, it started with my parents.  My dad was a trumpet player and my mom loved to sing in church choir.  When they saw me singing as a toddler, they wouldn't let me stop; not that I wanted to!  I remember my audition for the Oregon Children's Choir when I was in 2nd grade.  I auditioned for both Randy Moore and Paul Westlund at the U of O School of Music.  Since then, music has been my refuge when faced with adversity and my vehicle for expressing joy and understanding myself; it's how I have learned to express my heart with my mind.  That makes the motivation very intrinsic.

-Who is your favorite composer?
This also changes constantly!  Lately, I've really been exploring the works of Antonio Vivaldi.  His harmonies invoke incredible amounts of tension which is then masterfully resolved in small phrases, and at the same time, over increasingly large parts of each of his compositions.  I'm inspired by his versatility as well.  Composing during the Baroque era, he created music that was on the edge of what was considered acceptable, while at the same time, paying homage to the great composers before him.  J. S. Bach himself was very inspired by Vivaldi's work.

-What would be the greatest performance of your life?
Conducting the South Eugene Concert Choir on stage at Carnegie Hall was incredible.  That being said, there have been so many great performances, it's hard to choose just one.  I was awed by the feeling of performing at Lincoln Center with On the Rocks in college.  I remember singing at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome with the Dorians in high school.  Even with these wonderful experiences, I think the greatest performance of my life is every time in a performance when the music begins to make itself, and a connection is formed in that moment between myself and my ensemble.  It doesn't happen every time; only when every member of the ensemble is completely dedicated to one another and engaged in the creative process at the same time.  It's such a powerful experience... It's difficult to put into words and probably impossible to understand until you have experienced it.

- What is one of your favorite moments with OCC?
My favorite moment with OCC occurs all the time!  It's the moment when someone realizes their value and starts know who they are.  Sometimes, it happens when the group cheers for them after auditioning for a solo.  Sometimes, it happens when someone realizes how important their part is to the sound of the whole group.  Other times, I see it when someone feels truly needed as a leader of their section or the whole choir.  I have even seen it happen in unstructured time, when someone is respected for being really good at a video game, really funny or really skilled in things other than music.  We are a community who just so happen to sing together.  That's how it should be!

- Any closing thoughts?
I am honored to continue to serve this organization.  It has, in many ways, been responsible for the person I am and the things I have been able to accomplish in my life.  After almost 11 years of directing the Boychoir, I can confidently say that I believe we are stronger than ever.  Our high school groups sound amazing and I am so happy to work with the team we have created.  This is, and will continue to be, one of the greatest organizations in Eugene for kids.

OCC Concert Schedule


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!

Thanks so much for your help!

Thank you to all who supported OCC at our Benefit Concert and Auction.  Together we exceeded last year’s total, raising over $3700!!  We couldn’t do this without the generous support of our volunteers, contributors, directors, and, of course our choristers and their families. 

Pre-Orders of Concert Videos!

Stafford Video is willing to videotape our final concert in May IF we can get at least 20 pre-orders of DVD recordings. Please email Sarah McCoy at if you would like to pre-order a copy! The pricing will most likely be $25 for the first DVD and $15 for additional copies. Thanks!

Dine Out for OCC! 

Thank you to The Wild Duck Café and Yogurt Extreme for hosting our last two Dine-Out fundraisers.  Combined, we made over $100.  Thank you to all who participated.

Our NEXT Dine-Out for OCC will be at Roaring Rapids Pizza, this Tuesday, April 5th from 5-8pm.  No flyer needed.  Just come and mention you are there for the OCC fundraiser.  OCC will receive 40% of food sales (no soliciting at the door, please).

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.



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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