The Edmond Sun

July 5, 2013

2 Edmond residents chosen for elite choral institute

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma recently selected Edmond residents Dustin Boatright, an Edmond Memorial High School student, and Caitlin Carlson, a Heritage Hall High School student, for its Summer Choral Institute, July 8-13.           

Presented in alliance with the Oklahoma Center for Arts Education, the institute is a highly competitive choral program for Oklahoma high school students. Of the more than 70 who auditioned, only 24 were selected to participate.           

“We are excited to have these exceptional students attend this year’s Summer Choral Institute,” said Karl Nelson, director of Central choral studies.           

“Every high school student in Oklahoma has the opportunity to audition for this tuition-free workshop. It is a true honor to be one of the 24 students who were accepted.”           

Boatright and Carlson will stay on Central’s campus along with their fellow institute participants while attending the week-long institute consisting of intensive choral rehearsals, vocal master classes and music theory classes led by Central faculty.

The Summer Choral Institute will culminate in a concert highlighting what participants learned during the week at 1 p.m. July 13 at the Radke Fine Arts Theatre in the UCO Center for Transformative Learning.           

The concert is free and open to the public.           

For more information about the Summer Choral Institute or other Oklahoma Center of Arts Education summer programs, visit