Choral Experience

Oklahoma Homeschool Choral Experience

Coming March 7, 2015!

What is the Choral Fest?

The Choral Fest is actually two events wrapped into one day--a solo and ensemble contest for those desiring individualized feedback and a large-group choral experience for those desiring to sing quality choral literature with a nationally known clinician.  It is an event organized by Central Oklahoma Homeschool Choirs open to all Oklahoma homeschool students ages 8 and up.

What is the purpose of the Choral Experience?

The goals of the Choral Fest will include providing a one-day opportunity for students to:
  • Sing exceptional choral repertoire
  • Develop new vocal pedagogy techniques with a well-known choral clinician
  • Experience an exciting choral performance with other students from across the state

What can I expect on the day of the event?

While the schedule is subject to change, one can expect the day to look something like this:

8:40 a.m.  Student Check-In
9:00 a.m.   Large Group Rehearsal in Sanctuary
10:15 a.m.  Break
10:30 a.m.  Large Group Rehearsal in Sanctuary
11:45 a.m. Lunch and Free Time (on your own)

2:15 p.m. Large Group Rehearsal in Sanctuary
3:15 p.m.   Break
3:30 p.m.   Large Group Rehearsal in Sanctuary
4:15 p.m.   Concert Doors Open
4:30 p.m. Concert in Sanctuary
5:15 p.m. Conclusion of the Choral Fest

Where will the Choral Experience take place?

Baptist Temple
2433 NW 30th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73112

Who is this year's Choral Fest clinician?

This year's Choral Experience Clinician is Cristi Cary Miller.  Cristi Miller is highly regarded across the United States as a master teacher, conductor and composer. After graduating from Oklahoma State University, she began her teaching career instructing grades 7-12. She eventually moved to the Putnam City School system in 1989 where she worked in the elementary classroom for 21 years. During her time at Putnam City, she was the co-director of the Putnam City Honor Choir. This chorus was highly regarded in their area, winning many honors at festivals and competitions.

In 2008, Cristi became a National Board Certified Teacher and in 2010, Mrs. Miller became a part of the Fine Arts Staff at Heritage Hall Schools in the Oklahoma City area where she teaches middle school music. Many of her students have received All-State honors through her leadership and her choirs have maintained superior ratings at statewide contests. Mrs. Miller’s honors include Putnam City Teacher of the Year, Putnam City “Excellent Educator” Award, Putnam City PTA Teacher of the Year and OMEA Exemplary Teacher. In addition, in 2014 she will be inducted into the OMEA Hall of Fame.

Cristi has served as the Elementary Representative on the Oklahoma Choral Directors Association Board of Directors as well as the Elementary Vice President and President for the Oklahoma Music Educators Association. Along with her educational responsibilities, Mrs. Miller authors and co-authors a column for a national music magazine entitled Music Express! and was a contributing writer for the Macmillan McGraw-Hill music textbook series, Spotlight on Music. In addition, she served as the consulting editor for Little Schoolhouse book series, Christopher Kazoo and Bongo Boo. Mrs. Miller is frequently in demand as a clinician and director across the United States and Canada. She has numerous choral pieces and books in publication through the Hal Leonard Corporation and has also been the recipient of several ASCAP awards for her music. Cristi and her husband, Rick, live in Oklahoma City.

What is the cost of the Choral Experience?

The cost of the Choral Experience is a non-refundable registration fee of $60 per student which will cover the cost of registration, music, a t-shirt, rehearsal mp3s, and other associated fees.

What will a student be responsible for preparing in order to participate in the Choral Fest?

Each Choral Experience participant will receive a pdf of all music (original copies will be included in each participant's Choral Experience packet on the day of the event), rehearsal mp3s, and information via the e-mail address provided upon registration. Students will be expected to listen to and sing along with the rehearsal tracks a minimum of twenty times and be prepared to sing his/her part by memory when he/she arrives at the Choral Fest.

    What is the registration deadline to participate?

    All registrations (any payments) for either event must be received and/or postmarked by January 30, 2015.

    How do I register?

    Registration for the 2015 Event is now closed.  Be looking for more information in the fall about our 2016 event!

    Pay your registration fee (if you haven't already):

    Choral Experience Registration
    Student's First and Last Name:

    I registered online but have yet to receive my music, mp3s or other information.  What's next?

    All online registered participants should receive a confirmation email within an hour of registration.  Once confirmed, you will begin receiving information within 48 hours via email including your rehearsal tracks and music.  If you did not receive this confirmation email or any follow-up emails, please contact Kathy Gossen for more information.

    That's it!  We look forward to seeing you in March and hope you will spread the news so we can make this the biggest music-filled homeschool event Oklahoma has ever seen!