Ohio Choral Directors Association

Promoting excellence in choral music throughout Ohio.

The OCDA Children's Honor Choir is an advanced choral experience for 150 of Ohio’s best unchanged voices in grades 4-8 (current school year). Elementary and Junior High School Music Specialists and community choir conductors are invited to select their finest young singers to participate. Teachers/instructors must be members of OMEA or OCDA to recommend students for this ensemble.

A helpful letter for teachers can be downloaded
here. Please use the parent nomination form to send a letter home to inform parents of their child’s nomination and the information they need to provide.

Honor Choir Details

WHO: 150 students currently in grades 4-8
WHAT: 2019 OCDA Children’s Honor Choir
WHERE: Otterbein University, Westerville, Ohio
WHY: To participate in a highly artistic choral group with other young singers from Ohio
WHERE: June 17-19, 2019; final concert June 19 at 3:00 p.m.
REHEARSAL DATES: Singers must attend 2 satellite rehearsals, dates and locations are below

Registration Information

Teachers are to nominate their students using the Teacher Nomination Form. Click the link and follow the instructions in the form.

An online registration link will be sent via email after your nomination has been accepted. Please make sure contact information is correct so that you will receive the link in your email. Registration must be submitted by April 15, 2019. Be sure to add ocdachc@gmail.com to ensure delivery of Honor Choir materials.

Satellite Rehearsal Dates & Locations

All singers are required to attend 2 satellite rehearsals.  If you are unable to attend this satellite rehearsal for any reason, please email ocdachc@gmail.com right away.  All of the music will be shipped to this location.  

Southeast - Melanie Horn
Ohio University School of Music - Glidden Hall
Room - TBD
June 1st & 15th
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Southwest - Brian & Sara Potts
Wyoming Middle School
17 Wyoming Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45215
Date - June 8th & 15th
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Central - Evan McIntyre
St. Andrew Christian Church
1985 Swansford Drive
Dublin, OH 43016
June 1st & 15th
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Northwest - Chrissy Rohrs
Elmwood Local Schools - Bloomdale, OH
Room - Choral Room
June 8th & 15th
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Northeast - Jennifer Call
Cleveland Institute of Music
11021 East Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44106
Room - Kulas Hall, Room 217
June 1st & 15th
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM


Barbara Lamont
Barbara Lamont Headshot

Dr. Barbara Lamont is director of choral activities at Southeast Missouri State University where she directs all choral ensembles and teaches choral music education classes and conducting. She has a passion for conducting, teaching, and exploring the choral art with young singers and has served as adjudicator and clinician in Missouri and New York. She is looking forward to directing honor choirs in Missouri, Arizona, and Ohio in the coming months.
Prior to graduate studies, Dr. Lamont was the vocal music director at Northeastern High School and South Vienna Middle School in Springfield, Ohio, where she directed the choirs and musicals as well as taught general music. During this time she was also the accompanist and assistant conductor of the Capital University Choral Union under Dr. Lynda Hasseler and was involved in community theatre.
An Ohio native, Dr. Lamont is a summa cum laude graduate of Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, with a Bachelor of Music in vocal music education. While at Capital, she was a section leader and choral assistant in the Chapel Choir and accompanied extensively in the Conservatory.
Dr. Lamont received her Master of Music degree in choral conducting from Michigan State University, studying with David Rayl, Sandra Snow, and Jonathan Reed. While at MSU, she was a graduate assistant for the Women’s Glee Club and Choral Union and assisted the Women’s Chamber Ensemble and University Chorale. She accompanied voice majors, studio classes, and choral ensembles and was the interim director of a high school women’s community choir in the community music school.
She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting at Texas Tech University in May of 2016, studying with Rick Bjella and John Hollins. While at Texas Tech, Lamont served as graduate assistant for the Women’s Chorale, Matador Singers, and University Choir and was instructor of record for undergraduate choral conducting. She also accompanied singers and choirs in the School of Music and was a Choral Scholar at St. John’s UMC, Lubbock. Her lecture recital and document explored the work of a contemporary Irish composer, Rhona Clarke.
Dr. Lamont is a charter member of mirabai, a professional women’s ensemble in residence at Michigan State University. She is also featured as a collaborative pianist on mirabai’s debut recording, Ecstatic Songs. Her essay on Benjamin Britten’s opera “The Little Sweep” appears in the 2017 Cambridge Scholars publication Essays on Benjamin Britten from a Centenary Symposium.
Dr. Lamont is also a 200-hour certified yoga instructor and enjoys exploring the connection between yoga/kinesthesia and choral singing. In her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her miniature dachshund, Gustav.


$220.00 per student with housing (air-conditioned dorm – space is limited) – fee includes room and board (2 nights on campus; 5 meals – Tuesday breakfast through Wednesday lunch), expert instruction, and Children’s Honor Choir t-shirt.

$195.00 per student with housing (non-air-conditioned dorm) –fee includes room and board (2 nights on campus; 5 meals – Tuesday breakfast through Wednesday lunch), expert instruction, and Children’s Honor Choir t-shirt.

$112.50 per student without housing – fee includes lunch (Tuesday, Wednesday), expert instruction, and Children’s Honor Choir t-shirt.

One free chaperone for every 6 singers registered. Additional chaperone fee is $100 for those staying on campus and $50 for commuters. Fees are collected via credit card or PayPal via a separate online registration process after students are registered.

Honor Choir Schedule

Monday, June 17
5:30-6:00 Check-in for honor choir – Cowan Hall lobby
6:00-8:00 Rehearsal 1 – Cowan Hall stage – seated
8:00-9:00 Check into dorm rooms
10:00 Lights out for honor choir singers

Tuesday, June 18
7:30-8:30 Breakfast on campus
9:00-10:30 Rehearsal 2 – Cowan Hall stage – seated
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00 Rehearsal 3 – Cowan Hall stage – seated
12:00-1:45 Lunch on campus – box lunch delivered to Cowan Hall
1:45-3:15 Rehearsal 4 – Cowan Hall stage - seated
3:15-4:00 Break and games (outside if weather permitting)
4:00-5:30 Rehearsal 5 – seated
5:45-7:00 Dinner on campus – SET UP RISERS
7:00-8:30 Rehearsal 6 - Cowan Hall stage – on risers
8:30 Free time and bed

Wednesday, June 19
7:30-8:30 Breakfast on campus
9:00-10:15 Rehearsal 7 – Cowan Hall – risers
10:15-10:45 Break
10:45-11:45 Rehearsal 8 - Cowan Hall – risers
11:45-1:45 Lunch on campus – box lunch delivered to Cowan Hall
Dress for concert/check out of dorms
1:45 Meet back at Cowan Hall to warm up and prepare for the concert
3:00 Performance, children are dismissed to families after the performance

For Parents

• All Honor Choir Correspondence will come from ocdachc.org – please check your spam mail as some providers flag it as spam.

Satellite Rehearsals
• Singers must attend 2 satellite rehearsals to be adequately prepared for their on-campus experience. If needed for scheduling, you may choose 2 different locations.
• Singers will receive music at the first Satellite rehearsal
• Singers should bring a water bottle and snack

Otterbein Packing List
• Sleeping bag and/or twin sheet set, pillow
• Bath towel and wash cloth
• Comfortable clothes and shoes for 2 days
• Performance Attire (see below)
• Toiletries
• Music and any handouts from satellite rehearsals
• 2 sharpened pencils
• Refillable water bottle

Concert Attire
• Clean khaki pants, shorts, or skirt
• Tennis shoes
• Honor Choir T-Shirt (will be provided while on campus)
• Long hair pulled back from face

Concert Details

Honor Choir Final Performance
June 19, 2019 3pm – Cowan Hall, Otterbein University.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online during the registration process, or at the door. Seats are general admission. Registered chaperones do not need to purchase a ticket.
Copyright prohibits audio or video recording of any kind. A professionally produced recording will be made and available for purchase after the event.

Directions to Cowan Hall, site of the performance of the OCDA Children's Honors Choir. Parking is available around the hall but is limited; please plan ahead when considering parking. More information can also be viewed through the Otterbein campus map.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does my child need a chaperone?
Yes, this is one of the most important parts of keeping our singers safe and happy. Each group must arrange for their own chaperones at a 6:1 ratio. Additional chaperones are welcome for a discounted rate ($100 on-campus, $50 commuter).

How do I register as a chaperone?
Chaperone registration happens after the children are registered (to ensure 6:1 coverage). Make sure your child’s teacher knows you want to chaperone and has passed your email to ocdachc@gmail.com to receive a registration link.

My child has a conflict with one satellite rehearsal, can they still participate?
All singers must complete 6 hours of rehearsal. On rare occasion, singers have prepared music with another music teacher and or voice teacher. This must be pre-approved by the Honor Choir team by emailing ocdachc@gmail.com.

My child has a severe food allergy, how can I inform the CHC team about their needs?
There is an opportunity to indicate special medical/allergy requests upon registrations. In addition, you can include that information on the Emergency Medical Form that must be completed before they may stay at Otterbein. We will do all we can to make accommodations to allow for your child’s participation.

We live in the Columbus area, does my child have to stay overnight?
No, there is a separate commuter rate for those wishing to stay at home. Commuting singers still need to have an onsite chaperone while in rehearsal.

My question isn’t listed – what do I do?
Email any additional questions to ocdachc@gmail.com

If you have questions concerning any aspect of the Children's Honor Choir please contact the Honor Choir Chair at ocdachc@gmail.com.