All students, ages 6 through 14, who want to learn more about vocal music and performance are welcome to participate in the Chickasaw Children’s Choir. The choir consists of talented children from communities and surrounding areas of Ada, Ardmore, Purcell, Sulphur and Tishomingo.
Choir conductor Phillip Berryhill said enrollment is open to all students, native and non-native, who are interesting in developing their talents in the vocal arts and choir performance.
Students learn music theory, voice and pitch and perform original music along with contemporary songs translated into the Chickasaw language.
Rehearsals are conducted regularly in Ada, Ardmore and Sulphur. Other locations may be scheduled as students are added.
Since its beginnings in 2002, the Chickasaw Children’s Choir has had the honor of performing at milestone celebrations such as the “Ground blessing” of the American Indian Cultural Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry's Children’s Inauguration and numerous times at the Oklahoma State Capitol. The choir also performs at a variety of tribal events, including the Chickasaw Annual Meeting and Festival and Youth Arts Celebration.
For more information about the Chickasaw Children’s Choir, contact Berryhill, Cara Criswell or Laura Stewart at the Chickasaw Nation Division of Arts and Humanities at (580) 272-5520.