Students to shine in holiday concert Dec. 5

A holiday choral concert featuring more than 500 singers will be presented on Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. The concert will be free and open to the public. The USAO Concert Choir will join in performance with choirs from Grand Elementary, Lincoln Elementary and Chickasha Middle School. Students from grades 1-8 will perform seasonal music in various styles, from popular to classic.

Students to shine in holiday concert Dec. 5


Choirs from Grand Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Chickasha Middle School and the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma are scheduled to come together to present a holiday choral concert on Dec. 5 at 3 p.m.

More than three hundred singers will participate in the free performance to be held in the Te Ata Memorial Auditorium.
Several performers will be featured in the choral concert, including Deborah Johnson, USAO instructor in music, as well as USAO music majors Kari Westmoreland, Casey Coppedge and Jason Hobbs.

Johnson has served as the accompanist for the USAO Concert Choir for eleven years. In addition, she is the president and a licensed life/health agent at Royce Terry Insurance Company in Chickasha. Johnson also owns D-Jay Video Productions.

She began formal piano studies at the age of nine in Napa, California and travelled for over ten years as a professional musician, playing piano and singing Southern Gospel with the “Crystal River Band”.


Kari Westmoreland, senior music education major, is a flautist in the USAO Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Dan Hanson. A 2003 graduate of Purcell High School, Westmoreland was selected to perform with the Oklahoma Music Educator’s Association’s All-Collegiate Honor Band this past January in Tulsa.

Westmoreland has consistently been named to the USAO honor roll and is a collegiate member of the Music Educator’s National Conference and USAO’s University Musicians club.

Trumpet major Casey Coppedge is a junior from Putnam City. Coppedge participated in marching band and competed in marching and ensemble contests while a student at Putnam City High School.

He has played trumpet in the USAO Wind Ensemble for the past three years and performed at home and away games as part of the USAO Pep Band. Coppedge will be featured as a guest soloist in a polychoral piece by the Baroque composer, Antonio Vivaldi.

Jason Hobbs is a senior guitar performance major at USAO. He is the guitar student of Joe Settlemires, instructor in music and director of the USAO ShowBand.

Hobbs is a graduate of Waurika High School where he participated in band as a brass player on trumpet and baritone. He has recorded two CDs with the USAO ShowBand in Nashville, Tennessee.

Hobbs is a member of the USAO Wind Ensemble and has performed with the Pep Band. His future plans following his graduation at USAO include opening a private studio in guitar instruction and working in the studio recording industry as a professional guitarist.

The concert is free and open to the public.