Each year nearly 200 singers in grades 4-6 are recommended by their school music teachers to participate in this extraordinary event. Singers from school districts around Northeast Ohio join together in a day of singing, fun, and inspiration.
We are pleased to welcome as this years' guest conductor, our new Artistic Director, Emily Capece. Please scroll down to read her biography.
October 31 – TEACHERS - Deadline to confirm your school’s participation. Complete the Teacher Participation Form to register your school.
November 15 – teachers will receive via email the number of singers they are permitted to select as well as online registration information to share with those families.
~Each student will pay a $45 participation fee at the time of registration.
~Each singer will receive an Honor Choir T-Shirt and choral scores of each piece to be performed.
~Teachers select the students they feel would best represent your school.
November 20 - Online student registration begins!
December – Student scores and teacher guidelines from the conductor will be mailed to your school. These will be mailed prior to December 15th.
January 1 – Student registration deadline.
January 15 – Online recordings will be available to share with your singers to help with the rehearsal process.
January – March – Teachers rehearse with singers at school.
~Participating schools meet with singers an average of 45 minutes a week. Some schools break that up over several days (lunch/recess) and some meet before or after school.
~Teachers will set a rehearsal schedule that they feel will work best for their singers.
March 21, 2020 - Oberlin Choristers Children’s Honor Choir Day
~Participating teachers must be present for the entire Honor Choir Day. Teachers greet their students and observe and assist the guest conductor as needed throughout the day.
*NEW THIS YEAR - Teachers participate in a private Dalcroze Eurithmics workshop with Dr. Gregory Ristow of Oberlin College! (2018 Honor Choir Guest Conductor)
~Bring your school’s most recent emergency medical forms for each of your participating singers on Honor Choir Day.
~PARENTS AND SINGERS please look for an invitation letter from your school music teacher.
Schedule of the Day - March 21, 2020
8:45 a.m. Teachers arrive at First Church, Oberlin (morning rehearsal site) (click here for directions)
9:00 a.m. STUDENTS arrive at First Church, check-in, and change into provided Honor Choir t-shirt.
9:30 a.m. Morning rehearsal at First Church begins
12:15 p.m. LUNCH BREAK
12:45 p.m. STUDENTS WALK TO FINNEY CHAPEL
1:15 p.m. PHOTO and Final rehearsal at Finney Chapel
3:00 p.m. CONCERT – Finney Chapel, Oberlin College, free and open to the public
Please contact the Choristers office with any questions. Email: email@example.com
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9:00am - 4:00pm
Mar 21, 2020 - Mar 21, 2020
Emily Capece enjoys a varied career as a conductor, singer, and teacher. An Ohio native, she is returning home after 22 years. Emily spent the last 11 years as the Artistic Director of womanSong, in Charleston, WV, and served on the faculty of the West Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts teaching choral and vocal music at Marshall University.Formerly, Emily has taught music at all levels, including schools in Okinawa, Japan, Fairfax County, Virginia, New York City, and Charleston. She served as a conductor with the Appalachian Children’s Chorus, the Princeton Girl Choir, and has been a frequent guest conductor and clinician for all-county and all-state choral festivals. Choirs under Capece’s direction have been invited to perform at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, and have toured to Italy, San Marino, and Croatia. A certified elementary Montessori teacher, Emily has taught upper elementary, music, and humanities at several Montessori schools in Charleston.
As a singer, Emily has performed in several professional choirs, the internationally noted Spoleto Festival USA, and many regional and community theater productions in principal roles. Most recently, Emily was seen in the Charleston Light Opera Guild’s 2019 production of Mamma Mia! as Donna Sheridan.
Ms. Capece completed her master’s degree in music education and choral conducting from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, and holds bachelor’s degrees in vocal performance and music education from Otterbein University. She is the recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities Educator Grant to study Mozart Operas in Vienna, Austria. She and her husband Christian have two children, Rudy and Clara.
Emily and her family are moving to Shaker Heights in early July with their dog, Henry. Emily loves all things outdoorsy, reading, drinking coffee, and traveling.
Oberlin Choristers is committed to providing our outstanding programming to all interested singers and work to eliminate financial barriers. Through generous donations from our individual, corporate, and foundation sponsors, we are able to provide financial aid when needed.
There are many unique situations and many ways we can help. Please contact our office to find out more about what kinds of assistance is available.
Our Financial Aid is available to any singer that applies. If your singer qualifies for free or reduced lunches at school, then they are a great candidate for our financial aid award!
Financial Aid is awarded by a confidential subcommittee of our Board of Directors. They review all applications and award the amount based on the need. Please note, the non-refundable deposit cannot be covered by Financial Aid.
Requirements to be considered:
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