Friday, August 11, 2017

Orientation for 2017-2018


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,