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OCDA Children's Honor Choir

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: 2021 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 21-23, 2021; final concert June 23 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, 2020. Be sure to add ocdachc@gmail.com to ensure delivery of Honor Choir materials.
  • Satellite Rehearsal Dates
    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.
    • Clinician
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      Jeanne Wohlgamuth
      Celebrated for her artistic vision and top-tier choirs, Jeanne Wohlgamuth is a champion of choral education. Since beginning her tenure as Columbus Children’s Choir artistic director in the spring of 2011, Mrs. Wohlgamuth has paved the way for a new and exciting era of the organization. Under her direction the New World Singers received a special invitation to sing with the Vienna Boys Choir in a tour of Austria and Hungary in 2017. She has expanded community engagement efforts to make Columbus Children’s Choir a point of pride for our city.

      Alongside her work with Columbus Children’s Choir, Mrs. Wohlgamuth is the fine arts department chair and director of choirs at Dublin Jerome High School, the vocal affairs chair for the Ohio Music Education Association, and a recipient of countless awards including the Community Champion Award presented by the Dublin Chamber of Commerce.

      Mrs. Wohlgamuth is a fervent advocate for higher education. She has served as an adjunct professor in the master’s of music education program at the Kodály Institute at Capital University and taught undergraduate choral methods. She has presented workshops on developing sight-reading in the choral rehearsal, and middle school choral techniques and repertoire for the Midwest Kodály Music Educator’s Conference, The Ohio State University, Capital University, Columbus City Schools, the Tri-City Kodály Music Educators, and the Ohio Music Educators Association state professional conference.

      Mrs. Wohlgamuth currently serves as vocal affairs chair for the Ohio Music Education Association and is the secondary choral advisor for the Organization of American Kodály Educators. She has served as the national children’s choir coordinator and secretary for the Organization of American Kodály Educators and treasurer for the Tri-City Kodály Music Educators as well as creative events chair for the Ohio Music Education Association.

      Mrs. Wohlgamuth is the recipient of the Teacher of the Year award at Dublin Jerome High School, Karrer Middle School, Wright Elementary, and Bowen Elementary. She was also honored with the Golden Shamrock Award for Excellence in Education from Dublin.
    • Fees
      $225.00 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.

      $150.00 per student without housing – fee includes lunch (Tuesday, Wednesday), expert instruction, and Children’s Honor Choir t-shirt.
    • Schedule
      New schedule will be posted for the 2021 event.
    • For Parents
      Correspondence
      • All Honor Choir Correspondence will come from ocdachc@gmail.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
      • Concert 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
      New information for the 2021 Event will be posted when available.

      Tickets
      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.

      Recording
      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?
      Chaperones will be provided by the Children's Honor Choir. Collegiate Music Education students who have been trained and background checked will provide excellent attention and care to your singers.

      May I register as a chaperone?
      Parents are welcome to attend with their children, but will need to register as a commuter and stay off-site.

      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 will need to be dropped off before the first rehearsal of the day and then picked up at the end of the last rehearsal. Lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday and dinner on Tuesday will be be provided.

      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.