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The OCDA Children's Honor Choir is an advanced choral experience for 100 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. Information regarding the 2018 Children's Honor Choir can be found by clicking on the bars that correspond to the information you need. Please check back here for updates and information.

Honor Choir 2018 Details

WHO: 100 students currently in grades 4-8
WHAT: 2018 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 18-20, 2018; final concert June 20 at 3:00 p.m.
REHEARSAL DATES: Singers must attend 2 satellite rehearsals, dates and locations are below

Registration Information

1) Singers must be recommended by a teacher/conductor who is a member of OCDA or OMEA 2) Teachers may nominate up to 8 singers using this Student Recommendation Form. Teachers are also required to supply an appropriate number of chaperones (4:1 singer to chaperone ratio). Deadline for nomination submission is March 15, 2018.  Download the teacher letter HERE. – Letter ATTACHED to EMAIL 3) A helpful parent letter can be downloaded HERE. – Letter ATTACHED to EMAIL Please print and copy for each student you wish to nominate.  4) Singers accepted into the choir will receive a private link via email to register online. Registrations must be submitted by April 15, 2018. 5) Join us at OCDA Summer Conference to see your singers shine!

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 2nd & 9th
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Southwest - TBD
Location - TBD
Room - TBD
Date - TBD
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Central - Allie Garner
St. Andrew Christian Church
1985 Swansford Drive
Dublin, OH 43016
June 2nd & 16th
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Northwest - Chrissy Rohrs
Elmwood Local Schools - Bloomdale, OH
Room - Choral Room
June 9th & 16th
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 9th & 16th
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM


Kristina Caswell MacMullen
Kristina MacMullen
Kristina Caswell MacMullen serves as assistant professor of conducting and assistant director of Choral Activities at The Ohio State University, where she conducts Women’s Glee Club and instructs both undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of conducting and choral pedagogy. As an active adjudicator and clinician, Dr. MacMullen has conducted All-State and honors choirs throughout the United States. Upcoming engagements involve students in Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. In 2011 she was runner-up in the National American Choral Directors' Association graduate level conducting competition. Other awards include selection as a Fulbright Fellowship Alternate to Slovenia, the Don and Kay Cash Fellowship, and being named a graduate student of distinction for Texas Tech University in the areas of music and humanities. Her teaching and conducting is featured on the DVD "Conducting-Teaching: Real World Strategies for Success" published by GIA (2009). Dr. MacMullen earned both the bachelor of music education and master of music degrees from Michigan State University. She completed the doctor of musical arts degree at Texas Tech University. Prior to her appointment at The Ohio State University, Dr. MacMullen enjoyed a diverse career as a public school teacher, interacting with students in rural, suburban, and urban settings, elementary through high school She has presented and co-presented interest sessions at state, regional, national, and international conferences.


$195.00 per student with housing
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 4 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 that will open April 16, 2018.

Honor Choir Schedule

Monday, June 18
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 19
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 20
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 20, 2018 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 4:1 ratio. 4 paid singer registrations pay for 1 chaperone – fees will be prorated based on number of registered singers.

How do I register as a chaperone?
Chaperone registration happens after the children are registered (to ensure 4:1 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.

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