Oklahoma Baptist University’s Music Preparatory Department will conduct auditions for its choirs, for students in grades 3-12, Aug. 15-17, from 3-5 p.m. in OBU’s Raley Chapel room 141.
All interested students in grades 3-12 from Shawnee and the surrounding area are invited to audition for the following select groups of singers. For additional information or to audition by appointment on a different day, contact Conchita Hansford, Shawnee Honor Choir director, at (405) 585-4323 or (405) 273-2273.
Auditioning students will be asked to sing “Happy Birthday” and are auditioned in order of arrival. Three choirs are available for various age groups. All girls and boys, with both changed and unchanged voices, are encouraged to audition. The tuition fee is $140 per semester or $280 for the year.
Beginning its 35th year and continuing its strong tradition, Shawnee Honor Choir is directed by Conchita Hansford. The choir, an auditioned group of third through seventh graders from Shawnee and the surrounding area, is represented by 17 different schools from Midwest City to Seminole. The children study and perform a wide variety of music ranging from unison songs to the more challenging two- and three-part treble choir literature. The playing of Orff instruments, hand chimes and rhythm instruments is also an enjoyable aspect of the choir experience. The choir performs annually in 12 area schools, presents two formal public concerts and frequently presents programs at community events. The choir, which meets on Tuesday afternoons from 3:30-5:15 p.m., has performed six times for the Oklahoma Music Educators Association State Convention in Tulsa.
Concert Choir is designed to provide eighth through twelfth graders with singing experiences that increase individual musicianship and enhance personal growth and development. The choir is represented by students from many area upper middle school and high schools. Along with two on-campus concerts each year, the choir performs for schools and businesses, as well as Brookdale, an assisted living facility in Shawnee. The choir rehearses on Tuesday afternoons from 5-6:30 p.m. and is conducted by Dr. Louima Lilite.
Discovery Singers, for non-auditioned children ages 7 and up, is offered to help children develop their voices and prepare them for future choir success. The class meets on Tuesday from 4:15-5:15 p.m. No audition is needed for this choir and a parent may enroll a child by going online to www.okbu.edu/music-prep.