Over spring break 11 Prairie students participated in the Organization of American Kodaly Educators (OAKE) National Honor Choirs in Columbus, Ohio. These students auditioned in October, were accepted in November, and prepared their music starting in January. For the first time ever, we were fortunate to have Prairie students representing us in each of the four honor choirs, we were also the only school from Iowa in attendance! This year the four OAKE honor choirs had nearly 500 singers that came from 184 cities and 35 different states.
The Children’s Choir had the opportunity to perform the world premiere of “The Tide Is Rolling Out” by Douglas Beam. The Youth Choir singers spent many tireless hours working to perfect music from Czechoslovakia, Hungary, England, Canada, and Australia. Sophia Chadima was selected as a soloist in the Women’s Choir performance. Finally, sophomores, Adrianna Clark and Marlee Johnson, were both celebrating their third year participating in the OAKE National Conference Choirs and their first year in the Chamber Ensemble which is the top ensemble at the OAKE National Honor Choirs.
We are so proud of all of these Prairie students and all of their work and the great ambassadors they were for Prairie Creek, Prairie Point and Prairie High School while they were in Ohio.
Children’s Choir (4th and 5th Grade Students)– Dyllon Demorest,
Benjamin Hollinger and Molly Rafferty
Youth Choir (6th through 8th Grade Students)- Mary Baughan, Rose Forcier, Kylie O’Brien, Carlie Robertson, and Zoe Wolrab
Women’s Choir (9th through 12th grade students)- Sophia Chadima
Chamber Choir (9th through 12th grade students)- Adrianna Clark and Marlee Johnson