USAO Students Named to State Honor Choir

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

CHICKASHA – Four singers from the University of Science and Arts recently received special acclaim when they were selected to perform with the All-Collegiate Honor Chorus in March.

USAO students Elizabeth Sellers, Danyele Oxford, Scott Pitts and Mark Schlasner were among 100 students chosen from Oklahoma colleges and universities to perform in the prestigious choir.

Dr. Jan Hanson, professor of music, said the students represent not only some of the best vocal talent of USAO, but the state in general.

“The Honor Chorus was designed to showcase the talents of some of the best and most accomplished collegiate singers in the state of Oklahoma,” Hanson said. “It is a select, auditioned choir made up of singers from both public and private colleges and universities.

“These singers from USAO were chosen to rehearse and perform with the All-Collegiate Honor Choir because of their superior musical abilities, positive and energetic attitudes, as well as their willingness to learn truly difficult choral music in extra rehearsals.”

Vocal performance sophomore Elizabeth Sellers graduated from Bishop Kelley High School in Tulsa, where she appeared in the musical production, “Fame.” The soprano is president of the African-American Association, University Musicians Club and the Spectators Club.

A senior from Dibble, Danyele Oxford is studying both instrumental music education and elementary education. Oxford graduated first in her class from Dibble High School. She serves as the vice president for the University Musician’s Club and is a member of the USAO Wind Ensemble and Concert Choir. Oxford also was selected recently to perform with the All-Collegiate Band in January. She will present her senior recital this April on both trumpet and voice.

Singing tenor in the choir is Scott Pitts of Comanche. A former all-state choir member, he has competed in both solo and ensemble vocal competitions at both the district and state levels. Pitts also plays trombone in both the USAO ShowBand and the Wind Ensemble.

Bass singer Mark Schlasner is a freshman double major studying psychology and music. He graduated from Bartlesville High School, where he performed in plays, music theatre productions and honor choirs. In 2005, Schlasner performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City with his high school choir. Most recently, he performed in the 25th-anniversary production of the musical, “The Secret Garden,” in Bartlesville.

Under the direction of guest conductor Kathy Saltzman Romey, director of choral activities at the University of Minnesota, the choir will perform March 31 at 3:30 p.m. at First Christian Church in Norman. The performance is free and open to the public.

The All-Collegiate Honor Chorus is sponsored by the Oklahoma Choral Director’s Association.