Friday, December 8, 2017

Important Request From the Choral Directors


  • Please see that your children have a nutritious lunch before they come for the concert.
  • Performing uses a lot of energy. 
  • Also, be sure that ME and Principio have made a restroom stop before the 1:30pm call.


We love your children and are looking forward to a wonderful concert.

The Choral Directors

Final Notes for Concert Day

Everyone is so excited about tomorrow's concert.  The choirs sounded wonderful today at rehearsal. Thank you for all your work this semester.  Here are a few notes:


  • Please keep your children's coats, hats, gloves, scarves, etc. when you drop them off at the south door. (Same door as you did today at rehearsal.)
  • Please keep you children's cell phone when you drop them off at the south door.
  • ME & Principio call at 1:30pm
  • Illuminate & BV call at 2:30pm
  • The concert will be recorded and you can sign up to purchase tomorrow at the concert. The cost will be $5.
  • The live streaming will be from myshbc.com (Southern Hills Baptist Church website). Look in the upper left hand corner and click on the "watch live" or "watch now" button.
See you soon,

Jacque

Monday, December 4, 2017

Schedule Reminder for Friday and Saturday - Rehearsal and Concert

Friday, December 8, 2017 

Students need to wear their Uniform "B" to the rehearsal.

Rehearsal 
Southern Hills Baptist Church

·       8:45am- 10:15am  Music Experience will need to be dropped off at the south door under the awning.  Parents can pick up their children at the same awning at 10:15am. 

·       8:45am - 11:00am Principio will need to be dropped off at the south door under the awning and will be ready for pick-up at 11:00am. The extended time is because they are performing a finale song with Illuminate and Bella Voce. 

·       10:15am - 12:00pm Illuminati and Bella Voce will need to be dropped off  and picked up at the south door under the awning.

Saturday, December 9, 2017 

Students need to wear their Uniform "A" to the concert.

Christmas Concert 
2:00pm 
Southern Hills Baptist Church

·       1:30pm  Music Experience and Principio warm-up in south entrance foyer.
·       2:00pm-2:45  Music Experience and Principio Performance
              Music Experience and Principio students will process out into the main foyer at the conclusion of their part of the program. Parents can meet         their children in the foyer.  Principio students are invited to stay to sing along with Illuminati & Bella Voce in the finale song. Music Experience is welcome to stay with their parents in the audience to enjoy the Christmas carol sing-a-long and older choirs' performances.
·       2:30pm  Illuminati and Bella Voce warm-up in South Entrance foyer. 
      2:45pm  15-minute intermission 
     3:00pm  Christmas Carol Sing-a-Long
              We invite all guests to join in a congregational Christmas carol sing-along as a prelude to
                     the Illuminati & Bella Voce performance. 
·       3:15pm Bella Voce & Illuminati performance.

     Blessings


Registration Is Open for Spring - December 1, 2017 through January 18, 2018

Please note:  If you are a current student, there is no reason to register again.

If you know someone who is interested in joining the choir, now is the time.
Registration opened on December 1, 2017 and will close on January 18, 2018.
We are very excited to welcome new students.
If you have questions, please email admin@centralokhomeschoolchoirs.com.

Jacque

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Christmas Concert Rehearsal Reminder

Friday, December 1, 2017 -  Combined Choral Rehearsal 

Since our choirs meet in three locations, a time of rehearsing all together is vital for the blend of their voices and the confidence needed for your children to relax and enjoy performance day. 

Therefore, our rehearsal on Friday, December 1, 2017 at Baptist Temple, located at 2433 NW 30th Street, OKC, OK 73112,will focus on singing.  

Please have your students arrive 5-10 minutes early so they can be in the correct location at the start of rehearsal. 

·       1:00pm - 2:45pm Illuminati and Bella Voce Rehearsal.  Enter through the north entrance with the awning.   
            
·       3:00pm-4:30pm Music Experience and Principio Rehearsal.  Enter through the north entrance with the awning.   

Monday, November 27, 2017

Christmas Concert Flyers



Here is the Christmas Concert flyer. I will be putting them up around the city at libraries, Mardel's, Hobby Lobby, etc. Due to printer issues at Office Depot, they will be ready this evening, so those of you in Norman and Edmond, you can pick some up at rehearsal on Wednesday to put up in your area, possibly your churches, businesses, etc.  Those in OKC, call or text me and I will make arrangements to get some to you, too.

So excited!! We are less than two weeks away from the concert. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Stay well and I will see you soon.

Jacque

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Attention!!! Message from the Choral Directors about Christmas Concert

Christmas Concert 
Saturday, December 9, 2017
2:00pm
Southern Hills Baptist Church

Students need to wear their Uniform "A" to the concert.

·       1:30pm:Music Experience and Principio warm-up in south entrance foyer.
·       2:00pm-2:45 Music Experience and Principio Performance
              Music Experience and Principio students will process out into the main foyer at the                conclusion of their part of the program. Parents can meet their children in the foyer.  Principio students are invited to stay to sing along with Illuminati & Bella Voce in the finale song. Music Experience is welcome to stay with their parents in the audience to enjoy the Christmas carol sing-a-long and older choirs' performances.
·       2:30pm -Illuminati and Bella Voce warm-up in South Entrance foyer. 
     2:45pm - 15-minute intermission 
     3:00pm - Christmas Carol Sing-a-Long
              We invite all guests to join in a congregational Christmas carol sing-along as a prelude to
     the Illuminati & Bella Voce performance. 
·       3:15pm Bella Voce & Illuminati performance.

We will have two rehearsals before performance day.

The previous two Christmas concert venues were ‘gifted’ to us by Southern Hills Baptist Church in exchange for one of our choirs singing at their Christmas concert. Both years, COHC had negative incidences occur during rehearsals and concerts in areas of the church that our students were not permitted. Although this involved only a few members of COHC…it is now affecting us all. Due to these past negative incidences, our space and time has been reduced.

We appreciate the opportunity to use the facility at Southern Hills Baptist Church and want to be respectful in all we do and say while we are there for the rehearsal and the concert.

As choral directors, our goal is for your students to have a successful concert experience. Because of the limited rehearsal time and space at our concert venue, we are asking your students to attend two Friday rehearsals to prepare for the concert:  Combined Choral Rehearsal (Dec. 1) and Staging Rehearsal (Dec.8).The December 8th rehearsal has been on the schedule since the beginning of the semester, but the December 1st is an extra rehearsal due to the
reasons given above. 

We appreciate your flexibility.

DEC 1st
Rehearsal #1/Combined Choral
Since our choirs meet in three locations, a time of rehearsing all together is vital for the blend of their voices and the confidence needed for your children to relax and enjoy performance day. Therefore, our rehearsal on Friday, December 1, 2017 at Baptist Temple, located at 2433 NW 30th Street, OKC, OK 73112,will focus on singing.  Please have your students arrive 5-10 minutes early so they can be in the correct location at the start of rehearsal. 

·       1:00pm - 2:45pm Illuminati and Bella Voce Rehearsal.  Enter through the north entrance with the awning.   
           
·       3:00pm-4:30pm Music Experience and Principio Rehearsal.  Enter through the north entrance with the awning.   

Dec 8th
Rehearsal #2/STAGING
Another rehearsal is needed to work out staging logistics at our concert location. This is another important time for your children. Therefore, our rehearsal on Friday, December 8, 2017 at Southern Hills Baptist Church will focus on moving on an off the stage and the technical aspects of sound and lighting, etc. They will be singing, too, to become comfortable with the sound in the auditorium.  

·       8:45am- 10:15am  Music Experience will need to be dropped off at the south door under the awning.  Parents can pick up their children at the same awning at 10:15am. 

·       8:45am - 11:00am Principio will need to be dropped off at the south door under the awning and will be ready for pick-up at 11:00am. The extended time is because they are performing a finale song with Illuminate and Bella Voce. 

·       10:15am - 12:00pm Illuminati and Bella Voce will need to be dropped off  and picked up at the south door under the awning.

Students are expected to be at both Friday rehearsals as they are essential to an excellent choral concert with seamless transitions on/off stage.  If your child is in an academic co-op during one of those times, please contact their choral director. These rehearsals will make the concert successful for all.

Blessings


Friday, November 3, 2017

Congratulations and Thank You

A Great Big Thank You

You all did a great job tonight at the OKC Blue Basketball Game. The National Anthem was beautiful, the handling of the huge American flag went off flawlessly, and the "High Five" team encouraged the OKC Blue to victory. It was a fun night for all.

Thanks for representing COHC so well.

Blessings,

Jacque

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Important Announcements About Events in the Next Three Weeks

Open House for Music Experience and Principio

Monday, October 30             3:00pm - 4:00pm         Baptist Temple, OKC
             Music Experience        Joy Cavett, director
             Principio                      Pam Matlick, director

Wednesday, November 1      9:00am - 10:00am       Trinity Baptist, Norman
             Music Experience        Kayla Russell, director
             Principio                      Pam Matlick, director

Wednesday, November 1      3:00pm - 4:00pm         FBC, Edmond
             Music Experience        Joy Cavatt & Kate Geesaman, directors
             Principio                      Pam Matlick, director

Please come and sit in on rehearsal. Your children will enjoy showing you what they do every week and you will experience the wonderful teachers COHC is privileged to have on our team.

OKC Blue Basketball

Friday, November 3, 2017 at the Cox Convention Center
  • 4:30pm call for the singers (Clay, our contact at OKC Blue, will have a room for us to gather and rehearse the National Anthem.)
  • 5:30pm call for the flag holders (The singers will join them for a sound check with the technical crew of the OKC Blue.)
  • 6:30pm call for the students that will stand with the players
  1. Please email or text me the name(s) of the student(s) participating.
  2. Every person attending, even the students participating will need a ticket. The tickets are $10 per person. 
  3. The students will wear Uniform B. Please check the website for specifics on Uniform B. If anyone has an issue with their t-shirt, please contact me as soon as possible. (405-919-3776)
  4. Here is the link and code for ordering tickets for the OKC Blue Basketball game.
https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/okcnba/EN/link/promotion/home/53f19539fa77777d09aeb33117f92692e0ecf438  

Code: COHC
  • Singers: Bella Voce/Illuminati
  • Flag Holders: Illuminati/Principio
  • Stand with Players: Principio/Music Experience

If you have questions, please call me at 405.919-3776.  

I am so excited for us to have a great showing. This is going to be a great evening, so sign up early and bring the whole family! 


Uniform "A" Check

Monday, November 13                   Baptist Temple, OKC
Wednesday, November 15              Trinity Baptist, Norman
                                                        FBC, Edmond

Please have your child wear their Uniform "A" that day.  Our board members will be at each location to check the uniforms. If you have questions, please call me at 405-919-3776.

Pick-up Line at FBC Edmond

Please be aware of keeping an entrance and exit open to keep traffic flowing during drop-off and pick-up.


Thanks,

Jacque


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

I have been asked about the time for the Christmas concert.

Rehearsal will be Friday morning, December 8 from 9am - noon. I will work with the choral directors on a schedule so no one will need to be there all morning.

The concert will be on Saturday afternoon, December 9 at 2:30pm.

Location: TBA

Free Concert - Vienna Boys' Choir in OKC, OK

The Vienna Boys' Choir will be giving a FREE concert here in OKC!!

Where:  First Presbyterian Church
              1001 NW 25th Street
              OKC, OK  73106

When:  Tuesday, November 7
             7:30pm - 9:30pm


This will be a wonderful concert.  Hope many of you can attend.

Friday, October 20, 2017

50% off Kid's Clothes at Land's End through 11:59pm this Sunday, October 22

Attention Music Experience and Principio Parents: FYI

50% off offer on kid's clothes at Land's End valid through 11:59 pm this Sunday, October 22.
It is for regular-priced kid's clothes only.
At checkout, manually enter the Promotion Code: APPLE and the PIN: 1045.
This can be used online, in-store, or by phone.
Excludes shipping and taxes.
5-7 business day delivery to most addresses.


Special thank you to Joy Cavett for making us aware of this offer.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Call Times and Info About the OKC Blue Basketball Game - Friday, November 3, 2017

OKC Blue Basketball
Friday, November 3, 2017

Here is additional info about that evening.

  • 4:30pm call for the singers (Clay, our contact at OKC Blue, will have a room for us to gather and rehearse the National Anthem.)
  • 5:30pm call for the flag holders (The singers will join them for a sound check with the technical crew of the OKC Blue.)
  • 6:30pm call for the students that will stand with the players
  1. Please email or text me the name(s) of the student(s) participating.
  2. Every person attending, even the students participating will need a ticket. The tickets are $10 per person. 
  3. The students will wear Uniform B. Please check the website for specifics on Uniform B.
  4. Here is the link and code for ordering tickets for the OKC Blue Basketball game on Friday, November 3, 2017.
https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/okcnba/EN/link/promotion/home/53f19539fa77777d09aeb33117f92692e0ecf438  

Code: COHC
    • Singers: Bella Voce/Illuminati
    • Flag Holders: Illuminati/Principio
    • Stand with Players: Principio/Music Experience

If you have questions, please call me at 405.919-3776.  

This is going to be a great evening, so sign up early and bring the whole family! 

Jacque


Friday, October 13, 2017

OKC Blue Basketball link and code - For Friday, Nov. 3, 2017

Hi,

Here is the link and code for ordering tickets for the OKC Blue Basketball game on Friday, November 3, 2017.


  • Please email or text me with the name(s) of the COHC student(s) participating.
    • Reminder:  40 singers, 40 flag holders, and 25 stand with the players
    • Singers: Bella Voce/Illuminati
    • Flag Holders: Illuminati/Principio
    • Stand with Players: Principio/Music Experience


  • Every person attending, even the students participating will need a ticket. The tickets are $10 per person. 


  • We need to arrive at 4:30pm. We will have a place to gather, line-up, warm-up, and prepare for flag holding and the pre-door sound check at 5:30pm. 


  • The students will wear Uniform B. Please check the website for specifics on Uniform B.


  • The doors open for the public at 6:00pm.

If you have questions, please email or text me.  I'm sure there will be another message sent, so please be looking for it. If you have any problems with the link or code, please let me know. I tried it this evening and it seems to be working fine.

This is going to be a great evening, so bring the whole family! 

Jacque


https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/okcnba/EN/link/promotion/home/53f19539fa77777d09aeb33117f92692e0ecf438  

Code: COHC

Monday, October 2, 2017

Open Board Meeting Reminder

Don't forget the Open Board Meeting Tuesday evening, October 3

7:00pm
5901 Stewart Drive
Mustang, OK  73064
405-919-3776

Stewart Drive is located off SW 59th between Mustang Road and Sara Road.

Due to space, the meeting is limited to adults and nursing babies.

Carpool if possible because it is against our HOA for people to park on the street, so please park in our driveway.


Attention Bella Voce, Illuminati, Principio & Music Experience

You guessed it!

We have been invited to sing and assist at the OKC Blue Basketball game on Friday, November 3, 2017.  I would love to fill all of the spots up with our students.

  • We need 40 Bella Voce/Illuminati students to sing the National Anthem. 
  • We need 40 Principio/Illuminate students to be the Red, White, & Blue Team. 
  • We need 25 Music Experience students to stand on the court while the players are introduced.
  • There is also an opportunity to be a part of the Post-game Free Throws.
This is the only community event outside of our Christmas concert that we will do this fall, so everyone that can, mark your calendar. More information to follow.

See you there!
Welcome to October!!

Can you believe it is already here?  I do love fall and look forward to the beautiful colors God brings to our world.

Please mark Friday, November 3, 2017 on your calendar.  There are many opportunities for our students that evening.

  • NationalAnthem (sing) 
  • Red, White, & Blue Crew (holding the flag) 
  • Player Introductions (standing on the court while the players are announced)
  • Post-game Free Throws (shoot on the court after the game
I will send more details soon.

Have a wonderful week.

Jacque


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Open Board Meeting - Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 7:00pm-9:00pm

You are invited to attend the Open Board Meeting.

Due to space, the meeting is limited to adults and nursing babies.

It will be held at Jacque Hocking's home, 5901 Stewart Drive, Mustang, OK 73064. Stewart Drive is located off SW 59th between Mustang Road and Sara Road.

It is against our HOA for people to park on the street, so please carpool if possible and park in our driveway.

Board members, please bring a finger food/snack. I will provide water and tea.

My phone number is 405.919-3776.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Re-sending information on 2017-2018 t-shirts

Please add our email address to your addresses of our emails will not go to your "Junk" or "Spam" folders.

Good Evening,

If this is a duplication, please disregard it. 
I am resending this information because we suspected some emails were going to "junk" or "spam" folders. 


Hi,

I am very excited to announce that after a few adjustments from design to printing we are close to the t-shirts arriving. 
I have attached a .jpg of what the t-shirts will look like.
Each student in COHC will receive a short-sleeved t-shirt, which is covered in your fees.

This information is for those want to purchase extra t-shirts for siblings, parents, grandparents, etc. 
Please send me your order by Sunday, September 24. Sizes and prices are listed below.

Thanks,

Jacque


Short-sleeved T-shirts - Youth Small through Adult X-Large - $10.00 each; Adult 2X Large - $12.00 each

Long-sleeved T-shirts - Youth Small through Adult X-Large - $12.50 each; Adult 2X Large - $14.50 each
Attachments area

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Clarification of Orientation and First Rehearsals

Clarification

Orientation for all choirs from all locations will be held at Baptist Temple NW30th & Villa in OKC on Wednesday, August 23 from 10am - 11:30am.
First Day of Rehearsal for Edmond is Wednesday, August 30 in the afternoon at FBC Edmond.
First Day of Rehearsal for OKC is Monday, August 28 in the afternoon at Baptist Temple.
First Day of Rehearsal for Norman is Wednesday, August 30 in the morning at Trinity Baptist.

Thanks,

Jacque

Friday, August 11, 2017

Orientation for 2017-2018

Hi,

If you have not met me in person, my name is Jacque Hocking and I am the new Executive Director of the Central Oklahoma Homeschool Choirs. I am excited about the opportunity to work with you, the board, the choral directors, and the students. I believe God opened this position for me to assist the Central Oklahoma Homeschool Choirs to continue fulfilling a vision that was started 20+ years ago. Your children becoming fine musicians is in the hands of our talented, experienced, and loving choral directors is our first goal. Their heart for God and your children is so evident in all they do. It has been a pleasure watching them prepare for this coming school year. By providing the students with opportunities to sing in the greater Oklahoma City area we satisfy our commitment as a non-profit organization and most importantly our dedication to the mission God has given each of us to share His love.  

We have made an adjustment to our schedule and I wanted to get the information to you as quickly as possible.

The decision has been made to have to one orientation this year. It will be on Wednesday, August 23 from 10:00am - 11:30am in the sanctuary at Baptist Temple, which is located at NW 30th & Villa in OKC.  There were a number of situations that perpetuated this change. A few of them were:  

1) Our cost for using the churches has risen and this is one way we can cut down on cost (i.e. not needing to pay three churches for orientation days) and I
          did not want to come to you and ask for more tuition to cover the increases.
2) We are competing with the eclipse. Many families want to see this unique event. 
3) The need for more opportunities for the students from the three locations to bond. If you have participated in a choir, you know the difference a bond can
          make in performances.
4) It has been noted that orientation is not well attended and we want to make the time valuable to you.

On Wednesday, August 23 before and after our meeting, Laura Stoabs and two board members will be accepting tuition payments. The first part of the orientation will be introductions of the choral directors, the board, and Laura Stoabs, our CFO. During the second part of the orientation, the students will go with the choral directors to their rooms for a time of fun, music, and fellowship while the parents will stay in the sanctuary for more information concerning changes in drop off and pick up, clarification about uniforms, and a question/answer time.

The following week, to make the first day of rehearsals run smoothly, there will be a board member at each location. 

This year is going to be a time of change and growth. We are developing a permanent branding of the organization, pursuing a grant from Hobby Lobby (Please pray that God would grant us favor with the committee that will read our proposal.), updating the website, and making decisions about possibly expanding our locations in the future. We ask that you pray for us and we will pray for you.  

If you have any questions about anything in this email, please contact my by email, text, or phone. My number is 405.919-3776.

Thank you for this opportunity to serve,

Jacque

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Oklahoma Hello! from Jacque Hocking, the new Executive Director

Hi,

Now that we have a week behind us after the wonderful spring concerts, I am writing to mostly say hello and to let you know I am committed to you, your children and this organization. I am so excited to begin this journey with you. Music has been and continues to be an enormous part of my life; from standing beside the piano and singing with my grandmother to singing "I Love You a Bushel and a Peck" to my grandchildren. Whether one develops into a professional musician or just enjoys the joy, peace, and comfort music brings, the gift of music should be embraced.

I am determined to keep the Central Oklahoma Homeschool Choirs a vital part of our state. I am also excited about the growth of our group. Your family's part in this organization is what keeps us going. I want to hear your thoughts and ideas and will share them with the choral directors and board. I will strive to make this experience one you and your children will cherish.

Currently, I am in the thick of the 'learning curve' and appreciate your patience as I sort out and make the rigors of this position a part of my everyday life. The plans for fall are well underway and the choral directors and the board will be meeting soon to continue our work, which will make the 2017-2018 season successful.

May God richly bless you and your family this summer and keep you safe in the palm of His hand.

Sincerely,

Jacque

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

OKC Dodgers Tickets STILL AVAILABLE!

STELLAR.  

The students presented a stellar performance last night for the 20th Spring Concert.  Thank you to all of the students, Choral Directors and Accompanists for working so hard for such an amazing night of choral music.  Congratulations!  You have all completed another year with the Central Oklahoma Homeschool Choirs. 

If you missed the opportunity to purchase tickets for the OKC Dodgers game on June 4th on Tuesday night, you can still purchase the $15 tickets online.  We’ve worked with the Dodgers to update the Promo code and it will be valid until May 19th.  They advised users to open the link in Safari or FireFox.  You can pass this link & code along to friends and family.  

Promo Code :COHSC


For Bella Voce & Illuminati students:  Information will be sent prior to June 4th of a REHEARSAL day, time, and location.  You will be performing the same National Anthem sung at the OKC BLUE game.  

REGISTRATION for 2017-2018 is open ONLINE!  Pass this along to friends and family… 

Remember that we have 3 rehearsal locations.  If your schedule conflicts with one location, consider trying one of our other rehearsal sites. 
Mondays:  OKC @ Baptist Temple (afternoons)
Wednesday: Norman @ Trinity Baptist Church (mornings)
Wednesday: Edmond @ First Baptist Church (afternoons)


And now on a personal note… 

This is my last Member News to write for the COHC. My sincerest thanks to you all for pouring out your kinds words to me yesterday.   Even though I’m not fulfilling the role as Executive Director any longer, I will still be working with the Bella Voce Choir in Edmond.  We can reconnect at all concerts and events throughout the year in person—rather than through Member News.  

Make an effort to introduce yourself to Jacque Hocking at Orientation, rehearsals and concerts.  She is a lovely woman with oodles of experience in areas beneficial to the COHC.  In case you want to send her a message, her email address is:  admin@centralokhomeschoolchoirs.com 

Many blessings to each one you!



Elizabeth Lopez