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The OCDA Children's Honor Choir is for 150 Ohio unchanged voices in grades 4-8 (current school year). Elementary and Junior High School Music Specialists and community choir conductors are invited to select their finest young singers to participate. Teachers/instructors must be members of OMEA or OCDA to recommend students for this ensemble.

Information regarding the 2016 Children's Honor Choir can be found by clicking on the bars that correspond to the information you need. Please check back here for updates and information.

IMPORTANT PARTICIPANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS Click here.

Registration Information

1) Singers must be recommended by a teacher/conductor who is a member of OCDA or OMEA

2) Teachers may nominate up to 10 singers using this Student Recommendation Form. Teachers are also required to supply an appropriate number of chaperones (4:1 singer to chaperone ratio). Deadline for nomination submission is March 31, 2016 (EXTENDED). Download the teacher letter HERE.

3) A helpful parent letter can be downloaded HERE. Please print and copy for each student you wish to nominate.

4) Singers accepted into the choir will receive a private link via email to register online. Registrations must be submitted by April 30, 2016.

5) Join us at OCDA Summer Conference to see your singers shine!

Satellite Rehearsal Dates & Locations

Southeast - Melanie Horn
Ohio University School of Music - Glidden Hall
Room - TBD
June 11th & 18th
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Southwest - Sandy Thornton
University of Cincinnati - Cincinnati Conservatory of Music
Room - TBD
June 4th & 11th
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Central - Dr Sandra Mathias
Broad Street Presbyterian Church
Room - TBD
June 11th & 18th
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Northwest - Chrissy Rohrs
Elmwood Local Schools - Bloomdale, OH
Room - TBD
June 11th & 18th
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Northeast - Suzanne Walters
University of Akron - Guzzetta Hall
Room - TBD
June 4th & 11th
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Clinician

Fred Meads
Meads webphoto

As Director of Vocal Studies, Fred Meads trains choristers of The American Boychoir School through private vocal instruction and classes in music theory. He conducts the Training Choir daily and prepares its members for the musical and social demands of the advanced Concert Choir. Previously, he served as Artistic Director of the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir from 1999-2009.
Mr. Meads has directed honor choirs in several states and presented workshops for the Indiana Music Educators Association, American Choral Directors Association and Organization of American Kodály Educators National Conference in Dallas. Last spring, he traveled to Hong Kong to present workshop sessions for public school teachers and the YIP Children’s Choir. He served on the board of Indiana Choral Directors Association and currently is the boy choir representative for New Jersey-ACDA. He also serves as the Children’s Choir Director at Marble Collegiate Church in New York City and accompanist for the Princeton Girl Choir.
Mr. Meads received the Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Ithaca College, NY and the Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He was selected as a participant in the Chorus America Master Class in San Francisco and the International Choral Conductor’s Symposium in Toronto. Further vocal studies include attending the Brevard and Bay View Music Festivals. He completed his Kodály training at Capital University in Columbus, OH. In 2005, he was the recipient of the Excellence in Arts Education award presented by Arts United of Fort Wayne, Indiana.


Fees

$195.00 per student with housing – fee includes room and board (2 nights on campus; 5 meals – Tuesday breakfast through Wednesday lunch) and Children’s Honor Choir t-shirt. Chaperone fee is $100. Fees are collected via credit card or PayPal as part of the online registration process.
$112.50 per student without housing - fee includes lunch (Tuesday, Wednesday), expert instruction and Children's Honor Choir t-shirt.
One free chaperone for every 4 students registered. Additional chaperone fee is $100 for those staying on campus and $50 for commuters. Fees are collected via credit card or Paypal as part of the online registration process.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHO: 120 students currently in grades 4-8
WHAT: 2016 OCDA Children’s Honor Choir
WHERE: Otterbein University, Westerville, Ohio
WHY: To participate in a highly artistic choral group with other young singers from Ohio
WHERE: June 20-22, 2016; final concert June 22nd at 3:00 p.m.
REHEARSAL DATES: Singers must attend 2 satellite rehearsals, dates and locations are above.

COST: $195.00 per student with housing – fee includes room and board (2 nights on campus; 5 meals – Tuesday breakfast through Wednesday lunch) and Children’s Honor Choir t-shirt. Chaperone fee is $100. Fees are collected via credit card or PayPal as part of the online registration process.
$112.50 per student without housing - fee includes lunch (Tuesday, Wednesday), expert instruction and Children's Honor Choir t-shirt.
One free chaperone for every 4 students registered. Additional chaperone fee is $100 for those staying on campus and $50 for commuters. Fees are collected via credit card or Paypal as part of the online registration process.
REGISTRATION: An online registration link will be sent via email after your nomination has been accepted. Please make sure contact information is correct so that you will receive the link in your email. Be sure to add ocdachc@gmail.com to ensure delivery of Honor Choir materials.
CONCERT TICKETS: may be purchased online at the time of registration or at the door the day of the event. All tickets are $10 and all seating is general admission.

Directions to Performance

Directions to Cowan Hall, site of the performance of the OCDA Children's Honors Choir. Parking is available around the hall but is limited; please plan ahead when considering parking. More information can also be viewed through the Otterbein campus map.


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If you have questions concerning any aspect of the Children's Honor Choir please contact the Honor Choir Chair at ocdachc@gmail.com.




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