Pioneer Children’s Honor Choir, USAO Concert Choir to Present Holiday Concert

Picture of the USAO Concert Choir.

Pioneer Children’s Honor Choir, USAO Concert Choir to Present Holiday Concert


More than 100 voices from the Pioneer Children’s Honor Choir and the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Concert Choir will join together for a holiday concert Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Te Ata Auditorium on the USAO campus.

The performance is free and open to the public.

Both choirs have been preparing for this performance since August.

Holiday favorites such as “Let It Snow,” “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of The Year” and “Silent Night” will be performed during the program. The choirs will present a variety of styles, including swing, vocal jazz and traditional. The evening will also include instrumental ensembles, including a handbell choir and brass quartet, along with instrumental solos and duets for piano, percussion and woodwinds.

The USAO Concert Choir is an ensemble of women’s and men’s voices representing not only music majors, but also a number of other majors from across campus. The choir performs annual fall and spring concerts on campus and has sung for special occasions on and off campus, including the Festival of Arts and Ideas series and numerous USAO Foundation events.

The Pioneer Children’s Honor Choir is made up of auditioned students from the third through eighth grades. Many of the Pioneer singers will perform at the Circle the State With Song festival in Norman in January. The students will present a Christmas Concert on the USAO campus Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m.

Crystal Wyatt, director of the children’s honor choir and music specialist at Pioneer Elementary School, teaches music and directs the Gifted and Talented programs. Wyatt is also the director of music at First Presbyterian Church, Chickasha, and is a faculty member of the ArtsScope summer arts camp.

Rhenada Finch, collaborative artist, serves as the staff accompanist at USAO and teaches class and private piano. She is a graduate of USAO and was the coordinator for USAO’s Festival of Arts and Ideas series. She professionally performs with a band and serves in the music ministry at he church. Finch resides in Lindsey on a farm with her husband, Mark.

Dr. Jan Hanson serves as professor of music at USAO. Along with directing the choral ensembles, Hanson teaches coursework in music history and literature, conducting and music methods. She has served as the conductor for dozens of music theatre productions with the Chickasha Community Theater and USAO Theater Arts department. Hanson serves on several state boards and is a faculty member of the Inspiration Point Fine Arts Academy in Eureka Springs.