Choral Department

Katie Williams, Director

We are excited you are here. This year, there are so many exciting opportunities for you to be involved in our chorus community at OCHS. There is something for everyone. Visit www.ochschorus.com for more information

Welcome to OCHS Chorus

Hey friends! My name is Katie Williams and I have been a chorus teacher since 1996. In 2000, I began teaching at OCHS and I've been here ever since.. Before teaching at OCHS, I taught 1 year at Hart County High School and 3 years at Winder Barrow Middle School. I have a Bachelor Degree in Music Education from Converse College in Spartanburg, SC and a Masters Degree in Music Education from The University of Georgia. I love playing the piano and reading but my biggest hobby is photography. I live in Athens with my husband Richard and our youngest son Charlie. Our oldest son, James, is away at the College of Coastal Georgia.

Chorus Fee & Parent Meeting

Each student in the choral department is asked to pay a Chorus Materials Fee. This donation plays a vital role in the success of the choral program. The fees are $20 per child, per semester and includes a folder and all the sheet music needed for that semester in that class.


If you wish, you may choose to make a larger donation. Your donation will also be used to off-set the cost of materials, accompanists, rehearsal tracks, concert attire replacements, choreography, piano /keyboard maintenance and technology replacements.


We hope that each family will be represented in the parent volunteer group to help organize and plan fundraising events. With the support of families, we are able to provide numerous opportunities for fundraisers that are meaningful and successful. The first Parent Meeting will be Monday, August 8 at 6:00pm in the chorus room at OCHS. At this meeting we will discuss extracurricular activities, performance attire, fundraisers and our spring trip.

How do we get started with a new semester?

Both Parents & Students

Parents

Students

Performances

CONCERT CHOIR Required Concert Dates

  • Thursday, December 1 7:00pm Fall Semester Classes OCCC Theater, FREE

  • Thursday, April 27 7:00pm Spring Semester Classes OCCC Theater, FREE

SHOW CHOIR & MUSICAL THEATRE Required Concert Dates

  • Friday, December 2 7:00pm OCCC Theater, $5 General Admission

  • Friday, April 28 7:00pm OCCC Theater, $5 General Admission

WANT TO BE INVOLVED?

UGA Choral Day

Thursday, September 29, from 8:15am-5:30pm is Choral Day at UGA. Students who are selected are invited to sing in an all-day event. The cost is $50 which includes music and transportation to the event. Parents will be required to pick-up their students. We will take a bus to UGA School of Music and spend the day rehearsing and singing with other schools from across the state. At 3:00, there will be a free concert in Hugh Hodgson Hall where everyone is invited to attend. The $50 “hold your spot” deposit and registration form is due by August 31. Costs are subject to change.

All-State Chorus

This year, the 1st All-State chorus auditions will be held on Saturday, November 5. This is for the most serious chorus student who is self-driven to practice at home. At the audition, students will perform a solo from a select list, sing a major, minor and chromatic scale, and sing three sightreading examples. If they pass this audition, they will prepare for a second audition on January 19. The actual All-State Chorus event is February 16-18 (winter break) in Athens, Ga. The cost for the 1st audition is $25, non-refundable, which is due August 31. If you move on, the 2nd audition is $25 and includes the acceptance fees, music and rehearsal tracks.

Literary Team

Each year OCHS competes in the Regional Literary Competition. This competition includes essay, extemporaneous speaking, dramatic interpretation as well as 4 vocal events. These include Boy and Girl Soloist, Girls Trio and Boys Quartet. Auditions for the literary team will take place in September so stay tuned. Region competition is in late Feb. or early March. Students competing must be GHSA eligible.

Chorus Sponsorships

Sponsorships are a great way to support the chorus program while also allowing businesses to advertise to the public. Business sponsorships are $100 and include website and program “logo” advertising. Family Sponsorships are $50.SPONSORSHIP FORM

OC A CAPPELLA

Rehearsals for OC A CAPPELLA will begin in January. We will rehearse once every 2 weeks from 3:30-4:30 in the chorus room. Rehearsal dates will be determined ASAP. OC A CAPPELLA will perform in the Spring Chorus Concert.

Fundraising Events

Fundraising Events

  • Talent Show, Friday, September 23, 2022, OCCC Theater

  • OCPS/OCES Daughter Dance, Friday, February 10th 6:00-8:00pm OCHS Commons Area