Presbyterian 4th grade students Mitchell Black and Christina Rockrise were named to be in the Children’s Honor Choir of the Organization of American Kodaly Educators. With a growing membership of 1,600 music educators, OAKE is an organization that promotes the philosophy of music education inspired by the Hungarian composer, Zoltan Kodaly. OAKE sponsors opportunities for young musicians through select honor choirs directed by nationally renowned conductors of children’s choirs. OAKE also sponsors local, regional and national workshops and conferences for music teachers. The philosophy of Zoltan Kodaly is based on the belief that everyone is born with musical aptitude, which should be developed as early as possible. The primary aim of Kodaly educators is to instill a love of music in every child. School
As a part of the OAKE Children’s Honor Choir, Black and Rockrise will perform at the OAKE National Conference in Washington D.C. The conference will be held March 11-14 for teachers all over the country who teach in the Kodaly style. While teachers attend the conference, students selected for the Children’s Honor Choir will attend rehearsals in order to perform at the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall for the conference’s closing concert. The Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall, a registered national historic landmark, is Washington D.C.’s largest performing venue.
More than 975 students auditioned for these choirs. To enter, each student submitted a recording of America the Beautiful sung a cappella as well as other vocal exercises.