The Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE) holds auditions every year for students who want to earn a place in their national conference choirs. Many students from Round Rock ISD auditioned along with students from all across the United States. Two students from Stony Point High School and two students from Hernandez Middle School were selected to be part of this distinguished group.
Olivia Lewis and Kallie Smalley from Stony Point High School were selected to be in the Women’s Choir, under the direction of Dr. Andrea Ramsey. Dr. Ramsey is an award-winning composer of over 100 published musical works, and she is an internationally known choral conductor and music scholar. Mackenzie Connell and Deja Warren from Hernandez Middle School will perform with the Youth Choir, directed by Fernando Malvar-Ruiz. Malvar-Ruiz directed the American Boychoir for 17 years and has also been widely sought after internationally as a guest conductor, lecturer, and clinician.
All four of these students put in countless hours learning and memorizing the music they will perform in Oklahoma City, OK this week. They will spend Wednesdayevening through Saturday morning immersed in a vigorous rehearsal schedule leading up to their performance at the Civic Center Music Hall in OKC on Saturday, March 24th. They will perform music in a variety of languages, including Latin, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, and Maylay.