The Edmond Sun


February 7, 2014

Music students participate in OMEA concert

EDMOND — Middle school students selected from across the state met Feb. 1 at Santa Fe High School in Edmond to sing in a special concert.

Oklahoma Music Educators Associations coordinates the Circle the State with Song Concert and this year is the 21st annual program.

“Nineteen regions in Oklahoma are all singing the same songs at different concerts from January through March,” said Rachel Radcliff, Orvis Risner music teacher.

Exceptional music students get the opportunity to work with guest choral clinicians on challenging music and participate in an exciting choral experience with other students, Radcliff said.

“During the clinic music teachers have the opportunity to observe and learn as the clinician works with the students and to share vocal pedagogy ideas with other teachers,” Radcliffe added.

Both students and teachers participated in the 2014 All-OMEA Children’s Choir.

Teachers must be an active member of OMEA to register students, and any school in Oklahoma whose enrollment includes grades four through eight may enter their students in one of the CTSWS Festivals, according to the Circle The State With Song website. Home schooled students also are eligible to sing in the concert.

Music teachers may bring a specific number of students based on the school building’s population in grades four through eight.

Margaret Ann Adams was the conductor for the 2014 Choral Festival, and Ron Wallace was the accompanist.

Adams has been the music educator and choral director for Bethany Public Schools for 15 years where she teaches music to grades K-5 as well as the 6th grade chorus at Bethany Middle School. She was recently awarded the OMEA State Exemplary Teacher Award. She is also the Professor of Elementary Music Methods at Southern Nazarene University.

Wallace is an educator, church musician and professional accompanist in the Oklahoma City area. Currently he is teaching vocal music at Edmond North High School. Wallace is also the organist at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Oklahoma City. Wallace has taught music at the secondary level since 1990 and has been a church musician for the past 40 years. He also plays for numerous events throughout the United States and Europe.  

2014 Region K Circle the State with Song Co-Chairs are Angie McKenna from Edmond Sequoyah Middle School and Jessica Wheeler, Classsen SAS. Leah McDonald, Edmond Cross Timbers Elementary, and McKenna are 2014 State Circle the State with Song co-chairs. 2014 All-State Children’s Chorus Co-Chairs are Cryse Burns and Leah SaeLim.

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Circle the State        with Song             Edmond Participants

Director Leah McDonald at Cross Timbers Elementary had the following students participate: Keagan Booher, Annalee Crosser, Paige Diamond, Olivia Espiritu, Delaneigh Fiechtl, Sophia Gonterman, Ali Haley, Sagen Janowski, Brooke Kelser, Kendahl Krason, Kayla Lopas, Katherine McCoy, Madi Moore, Audrey O’Rear, Carly O’Rear, Raegan Reece, Rachel Scheitzach, Hannah Slape, Claire Stavish, Eli White and Danny Ziegler.

McDonald also directs the Edmond Youth Chorus. Students representing the Edmond Youth Chorus include: Leahe Franklin, Chloe Singleton and Nicole Yates.

Billie Thomas, choral director at Cimarron Middle School, had the following students participate: Natalie Cavanaugh, Kylie Dale, Lillian Davis, Brianna Day, Nehemiah Diaz, Kyle Humphreys, Ainsley Peck, Luis Tovar, Hunter Wood and Olivia Young.

Alison Boswell, choral director at Frontier Elementary, had the following students participate: Meredith Austin, Luxy Binion, Jorryn Bryson, Treven Cowherd, Cate Gibson, Lain Guilbault, Kaylie McClintock, Rita Menja, LaBraia Owens, Colby Rankin and Lexi Robinson.

Sarah Locke, choral director at Ida Freeman Elementary, had the following students participate: Tobias Bass, Bella Swenhaugen, TyCee Green, Halley Marler, Jennifer Kettner, Austin Painter, Megan Painter, Ryan Ruston, Stephanie Brooks, Brandon Townsend, Macaylee Turpin and Lauren Watts.

Julia Hanson, choral director at John Ross Elementary, had the following students participate: Carmae Jones, Jessica Kassan, Carly Kelley, Alyssa Marler, Makenna Baker, Mackenzie Hattey, Jillian Kumor, Molly Stearns, Marci Strait and Molly Walden. Teacher Scott Goodrich also participated.

Marla Haycox, choral director at Oakdale Elementary, had the following students participate: Nicole Anderson, Jenna Carnine, Kailey Carnine, Emily Cary, Lily Corbett, Jaylen Diller, Danielle Dodson, Avery Dunlap, Molly Erwin, Avery Frazier, Keaton Knopp, Cole Lamb, Reagan Lanier, Katie Lawrence, Shelby Lewis, Peyton Master, Grace Moxley, McKenzie Myers, Phoenix McBride, Zoie Parrott, Kareem Sawan, Paige Scott, James Wiley and Sydney Wiley.

Orvis Risner Elementary music teacher Rachel Radcliff had the following students participate: Brenna Bailey, Tessa Decker, Jaden Goodale, Aidan Hamlin, Shelby Johnson, Josiah Keith, Jadeyn Kline, Callie Prather, Makayla Robles, Katherine Shipp, Bryson Smith and Priscilla Tuck from the school.

Laura Bartlett and Angela McKenna from Sequoyah Middle School had the following students participate: Olivia Bailey, Sweta Bond, Haven Beaver, Carter Bond, Ali Bruton, Allison Cain, Keelie Cargill, Gracie Carpenter, Soomin Cho, Chloe Crosby, Sophia Deleo, Gracie Dorman, Jillian Douglass, Lindsey Fite, Isabella Halko, Jackie Harsha, Hayden Holland, Sarah Holmes, Brittany Homier, Allison Irving, Maddie Izer, Kennedy Klehm, Kristyn Lepard, Cooper Lindstrom, Lilly MacNaughton, Lauren McKenna, Ariadne Monigold, McKenzie Morgan, Ethan Moulton, Isabella Mullaney, Christina Parry, Alia Perez, Anna Perry, McKenzie Reece, Haden Reed, Allison Schaaf, Maddie Thomas, Neil Iyer, Jillian Wheeler and Sooyeon Yeong.

Summit Middle School’s music teacher is Marla Cowherd. Students participating in the chorus include: Sydney Adkins, Alexis Aguilar, Rebekah Amato, Mica Andre, Chyanne Brown, Katy Burkhart, Cayla Charles, Ahlani Daniels, Megan Fratarcangeli, Jasmine Heidary, Pierce Jones, Emma McIntyre, Riley Morrow, Hannah Ondak, Avery Phillips, Kyeli Price, Reagan Ross, Amariah Sheffield, Sarah Short, Marleigh Smith, Selah Spain, Jacelyn Stanley, Caitlyn Stuart, Ashley Thompson, McKenzie Toon and Baile Willmon.

Rachel Sheppard and Mary Beth Singleton are the music teachers at Sunset Elementary. Students singing in the concert include: Skye Brunken-Atkins, David Bailey, Jerzee Baugher, Abigail Collier, Abby Cotner, Tanner Davis, Jordan Garcia, William Maiga, Joey Mecoy, Kaitlynn Stevens, Eva Vance and Ariana Whitefield.

Choral director at West Field Elementary, Toni Jones, had the following student participate: Elizabeth Jones.

There is also a Children’s All State Choir. Representing Edmond are the following: Chloe Singleton, FAI Children’s Chorus, three-year member; Lauren McKenna, sixth grade, Sequoyah, three-year member; Alie Perez, eighth grade, Sequoyah; Jillian Douglass, eighth grade, Sequoyah, two-year member; Allison Cain, eighth grade, Sequoyah, two-year member; and Alyssa Hostetler, eighth grade, Sequoyah.



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