Presbyterian School Students Selected for OAKE Honor Choir
Four Presbyterian School students were selected from hundreds of applicants to participate in the 2012 Children’s Honor Choir of the Organization of American Kodaly Educators’ (OAKE).
The Presbyterian School students who were chosen included 7th graders, Mitchell Black and Cooper Lueck, 5th grader, Gray Watson and 4th Grader, Amelia Williams.
To enter, each student submitted a recording of “America the Beautiful” sung a cappella as well as other vocal exercises.
With a growing membership of 1,600 music educators, OAKE is an organization that promotes the philosophy of music education inspired by the Hungarian composer, Zoltán Kodály. OAKE sponsors opportunities for young musicians through select honor choirs directed by nationally renowned conductors. OAKE also sponsors local, regional, and national workshops and conferences for music teachers.
As a part of the OAKE Honor Choir, Presbyterian School students were asked to learn and memorize many highly sophisticated and musically complex songs during the months of January, February and March. “Prayer for Peace” by Felix Mendelssohn and “Evening Song” by Zoltán Kodály were just some of the musical selections the students practiced and memorized.
These students then performed at the OAKE National Conference held in Phoenix, Arizona. The OAKE National Conference was held March 14-17 for teachers all over the country who follow the Kodály method of teaching music. While teachers attend the conference, students selected for the Honor Choir attended intense rehearsals in order to perform at Symphony Hall in downtown Phoenix for the conference’s closing concert.
The philosophy of Zoltán Kodály is based on the belief that everyone is born with musical aptitude, which should be developed as early as possible. The primary aim of Kodály educators is to instill a love of music in every child.