The Ohio Choral Director’s Association (OCDA) will hold their Children’s Honor Choir for 150 unchanged voices in grades fourth through eighth June 21 in the Cowan Choir Hall at Otterbein University in Westerville.
Jackson Local Schools this year will have five kids participate in the performance. The participating students are Lake Cable Elementary School fifth graders Lauren Durr and Gracie White and fourth graders Sophia Pavichevich, Aubrie Reiss and Katie Sweeney.
Lake Cable choir teacher Nathalina Schloneger explained how students are chosen to participate in this event.
“The Children’s Honor Choir is open to any singer with an unchanged voice currently in grades four to eight,” emailed Schloneger, who has been teaching for 26 years, the last 25 and a half years in Jackson. “Elementary and junior high school musical specialists and community choir conductors are invited to select their finest young singers to participate in this incredible experience. Teachers/instructors must be members of the Ohio Music Education Association or OCDA to recommend students for this ensemble.”
The OCDA choir show is part of a three-day conference from June 19 to June 21. The conference presents a wide spectrum of professional development activities for educators at all grade levels. There are also opportunities for high school and elementary aged choral performers with the high school men’s and women’s honor choruses and the children’s honor chair.
“This choir opportunity has been offered by OCDA every year since 2005,” wrote Schloneger, who has sent students to this competition every year but two. “This is the 13th year that a Children’s Honor Choir has performed for their summer conference.”
The 137 students participating in this event will be attending satellite rehearsals in one of five regions across the state. The Jackson students are participating in the Northeast region at Chagrin Fall High School under director Pat Haynish.
The choir will sing four selections. Schloneger said the six pieces are:
- Cedar Swamp, an Appalachian folk song by Jay Broker;
- How Can I Keep From Singing?, a Quaker song arranged by Ginger Littleton;
- Laudamus Te from “Gloria” by Antonio Vivaldi with English text by Mason Martens;
- Three Quotes by Mark Twain: The Silent Fool, Telling the Truth, My Dear Mother, by Andrea Ramsey;
- Mother by Andrea Ramsey;
- Will There Really Be A Morning with words by Emily Dickinson with music by Craig Hella Johnson
Jackson is not the only Stark County School sending choir members to this event. Washington Elementary School in the Marlington Local School District is sending seven students and Perry Local Schools is sending 12 students with four from Edison Middle School and eight students from Pfeiffer Intermediate School.