OCC asks all families to volunteer for two events per choir-year. We offer a variety of ways for parents and guardians to help at our Winter Concerts, including donating and selling refreshments, ushering, setting up, and cleaning up. Please Sign Up Here.
Two Days Till Giving Tuesday!
We’re so thankful for your music and all you do for OCC. For Giving Tuesday this year, our goal is to raise $3,000 to complete the funding of our $8,000 financial aid scholarship program. On December 3, please join the movement by donating here, and by sharing #GivingTuesdayOCC on your social media channels!
Winter Concerts, Sunday, December 15
In the Sanctuary at the Eugene First United Methodist Church. 5:00-6:00 pm: Prelude, Oregon Junior Boychoir & Oregon Junior Girlchoir 7:00-8:30 pm: Oregon Girlchoir, Oregon Boychoir, Young Men's Ensemble, Synergy, Counterpoint
Each of our eight choirs will perform a full program showcasing their amazing work. Highlights include seasonal favorites; youth soloists; and a collaborative performance between Girlchoir, YME and OCC executive director and alumna Dana Abel, a member of the Americana band Misty River. A reception in the Fellowship Hall with the OCC founder, UO professor emeritus Dr. Randall Moore, will follow each concert. Free admission. Invite your family and friends! Look for details about call time and concert attire from your choir directors.
Legacy of OCC Founder Honored
at Winter Concerts
OCC is thrilled to honor OCC Founder Dr. Randall Moore at the Winter Concerts and receptions. Read about Dr. Moore’s impact on the choir and three of its current directors, Jennifer Searl, Chris Dobson and Dana Abel, here.
Singing for Seniors: Monday, December 16
In lieu of regular choir rehearsal, Junior Girlchoir, Junior Boychoir and Girlchoir will be bringing their joyful music to residential senior living communities on December 16. Be on the lookout for details from your choir director.
Oregon Girlchoir and Young Men’s Ensemble Community Performances
In addition to our exciting Winter Concerts, come support the Oregon Girlchoir and Young Men’s Ensemble at these community events:
OCC Cantabile Collective to Sing at Eugene Ballet's The Nutcracker
The Cantabile (pronounced "kahn-TAH-bee-lay") Collective is an OCC invitational choir that is assembled and rehearses for special projects in our community where children's choirs are needed. This season Cantabile will participate in Eugene Ballet’s The Nutcracker and Eugene Opera’s production of Tosca (March). Find Nutcracker tickets and information here.
Earn a Tax Credit Through the
Oregon Cultural Trust
Did you know you can support OCC and earn a tax credit? Match Your OCC donation with a gift to the Oregon Cultural Trust! Here’s how:
— Donate to OCC
— Give a matching amount to the Oregon Cultural Trust
— On your State tax form, report your gift to the Oregon Cultural Trust
— You’ll receive a 100% tax credit (up to $500 for individuals and $2500 for corporations)
More information at www.culturaltrust.org. And consult your tax advisor!
Thank You, Precision Capital
OCC would like to thank Precision Capital Integrity Foundation for its generous donation of $5,000 to the OCC scholarship fund. This gift will help make our music programs available to all who wish to join OCC.
Enjoy Winter Break
December 19 - January 5
Choirs will not rehearse during winter break, but most Monday choirs will hold rehearsal on January 6. Please confirm with your choir director.
Winter Term Begins January 6, 2020 Invite Your Friends!
Did you know that new singers can check out OCC for free? Invite your friends to attend a free OCC rehearsal. Find more information here.
Spotlight on Anya Martin
OCC chorister Anya Martin had a Duck experience of a lifetime: she was chosen to sing the National Anthem at the November 5 men's basketball game in front of thousands of fans! Though this was her largest audience to date, Anya’s not a stranger to performing. A high school freshman, she’s been with OCC since fourth grade. She started in the JAS Girlchoir (now called the Junior Girlchoir), has interned with the directors of Prelude and Junior Girlchoir, and now sings with Girlchoir and Synergy (with a vocal range from first soprano to alto!). She’s also performed many times with Rose Children’s Theatre. And it’s not the first time she sang the National Anthem: she and fellow Girlchoir member Mary McCoy sang for a South Eugene High soccer game. All this experience helped calm her nerves when she was singing on the field with a camera right in her face. “OCC really helped, because the directors are so good and give you one-on-one coaching and mentorship,” she says. “And you’re not singing alone. I love Girlchoir because I’ve made so many friendships. We all work really well together and understand each other’s voices. Jennifer is one of the best directors—she’s like a mom to us.” Anya is certainly a well-rounded musician: she’s also played piano, marimba, ukulele, and guitar, and takes voice lessons on top of that. She hopes to continue singing and perhaps find a career in music education. Congratulations to Anya on all her accomplishments!