VOICES IN THE OAKS CHORALE


Sponsored by the Oracle Piano Society, the Voices in the Oaks Chorale is a community chorus, made up of singers from the Oracle/Oro Valley/Tucson area. We are a small, non-auditioned chorus of 20 – 25 singers.

Our location in the high desert town of Oracle, Arizona is perfect for any singer who wants a quality choral experience, but is tired of fighting traffic to drive to rehearsal in downtown Tucson. Our venue, the Oracle Center for the Arts is only a 30 minute drive from Oro Valley!


Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at:

Oracle Center for the Arts

700 E Kingston St

Oracle, AZ 85623


Our first rehearsal of the 2022-23 season is August 25. This first rehearsal is an open sing night.

To register online for the Fall season, click here: https://form.jotform.com/222156786792165

There will be no fee to sing that evening. It will be a time to reconnect with past singers, and for new singers to try us out. Please invite anyone who you think might be interested.

Voices in the Oaks Choral Director – Mirae Lee

Returning for her second season with the Voices is our Choral Director, Mirae Lee. Mirae is a 3rd year DMA student studying Choral Conducting with Dr. Elizabeth Schauer at the University of Arizona. She has a long list of choral conducting experience with university, church and secular groups.

Mirae also holds a degree in Music Composition and has written and performed a number of works for chorus and piano.

Concert Schedule:

As more information is available regarding concert programs, it will be posted here.

Fall Concert: November 13, 3 pm at Oracle Center for the Arts

Messiah Sing Along: Sunday December 11, 3 pm at Oracle Center for the Arts

Messiah Sing Along: Saturday December 17, 4 pm at Saddlebrooke Ranch Sol Ballroom.

Spring Concert: April 23

Covid Guidelines:

We have updated our Covid Guidelines to reflect changing conditions and transmission risks.

  • Anyone may wear a mask at any time during rehearsal or performance.

  • Stay home if you feel sick.

  • Wear a mask if you have been exposed to anyone with Covid. Take a Covid test before returning to rehearsal. Tests are available free online at: https://www.covid.gov/tests

  • When you must stay home, continue to practice with rehearsal recordings.

  • Follow the new CDC risk Risk by County If at any time, the risk for either Pinal or Pima counties reaches ‘high risk’ status, all singers are required to 1) wear a well-fitted mask, 2) stay home or

  • 3) present a negative Covid test taken within 24 hours of rehearsal.

  • COVID vaccinations are encouraged, but those who are unvaccinated will not be excluded from participation.


VOICES IN THE OAKS CHORALE

The Voices in the Oaks Chorale is a community chorus, comprised of singers from the surrounding Tucson area. The Chorus is not auditioned. All are welcome to join us. The only requirements are a love of singing, the dedication to attend rehearsals and to learn the music, and to perform to your best ability.


History:

In February of 2016, Mary Huebner founded the Voices in the Oaks Chorale to bring a choral music component to the Oracle Piano Society. The purpose was to bring enjoyment of vocal music to anyone who wanted to participate, and to enhance appreciation for music in particular. The chorus has created a chorale community that grows in number and musicianship with each concert presented! Mary directed the chorus until March 2019 when she stepped down from the conductor's box and stepped up on the risers doing what she loves; to sing.


The Chorale presents two concerts per season plus a Messiah Sing Along in December.

Past Performances:

May 2016 Songs of the British Isles

Nov 2016 American Folk Songs

Mar 2017 Classic Broadway

Nov 2017 Veterans Day Salute

Dec 2017 GF Handel, Messiah Sing Along

May 2018 PDQ Bach, Oedipus Tex

Dec 2018 GF Handel, Messiah Sing Along

Mar 2019 St. Paddy’s Day Concert

Nov 2019 Tribute to Veterans

May 2021 Connected (a virtual concert)

Nov 2021 R-E-C-O-N-N-E-C-T-E-D

Dec 2021 Handel, Messiah Sing Along

Apr 2022 Songs and Sonnets of William Shakespeare


Membership:

Anyone who loves to sing may join the Chorale!

Particpation fee is $60 and helps cover music, director, and accompanist fees.

Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from 6-8 pm


Chorus Director

Mirae Lee

DMA, Choral Conducting, in progress at University of Arizona

MM, Choral Conducting, University of Alabama

BM, Composition, Chung-Ang University, South Korea

Mirae Lee is a conductor, composer, and pianist with a variety of worldwide performance experiences. She is currently a DMA student in Choral Conducting at the University of Arizona under Dr. Elizabeth Schauer. Mirae was awarded the Medici scholarship in addition to numerous other scholarships, and a fellowship at the University of Arizona. She has also worked with University Community Choir and Tucson Arizona Boys Choir as an assistant conductor. Recently, she is serving as a music director of the Tucson Apple Tree church and as a Communication Chair in a graduate chapter of the American Choral Directors Association at the University of Arizona.

During her academic years in Tucson, Mirae published her article, Understanding Arirang, Korea’s Representative Folk Song in The Antiphon, which is a publication of the Arizona American Choral Directors Association. Also, Mirae was invited as a guest lecturer for a choral literature class at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and for a webinar by the University of Arizona Community Chorus. She served on a panel for a session on Virtual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Series provided by the Western division of the ACDA.

Before she moved to Tucson, she completed her master’s degree at the University of Alabama. She got a full scholarship for two years served as a teaching assistant and an assistant conductor for the University Singers, University Chorus, Women’s Choir, Chamber Choir, and Men’s choir under the direction of Dr. Andrew Minear from 2017 to 2019. In addition to teaching choirs, she also assisted with the teaching of the Fundamentals of Conducting classes, which were primarily attended by undergraduate students. She was selected as a participant for a Student Conductor’s Masterclass in Southern Region ACDA at Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Ken Fulton and Dr. Judy Bowers served as the clinicians and Mirae conducted the University of the Cumberland’s Chorale. She was also selected as a presenter in the reading session of the conference.

Before she moved to the United States, she attended Chung-Ang University where she received her Bachelor of Music in Composition. During her college time, she became passionate about composing new choral works, and her original works were premiered by both professional and collegiate choirs across Korea. One of her works, Poong-nyeon Noh-ree, was won a grand prize ats the Choral Music Composition Competition hosted by An-Dong City, South Korea.

Mirae also holds a special passion for children’s arts education, leading her to go to Nairobi, Kenya for the purpose of volunteering and teaching music to Kenyan Children in 2013. She taught choir, piano, and basic theory to all different levels of Kenyan children’s groups. Inspired by this experience, she co-founded an organization called the Watoto Wangu Foundation in 2014 with Korean and Kenyan friends which was instrumental in the creation of the bus library, a community resource that served to distribute books to local children alike, and that also hosted community-based children’s art events which included music making and art lessons.

Accompanist

Annalupe Rodriguez

Annalupe Rodriguez was first introduced to piano at the age of six, when she began lessons with the local piano teacher, Mrs. Elaine Helzer, in Oracle, Arizona. She continued her studies through elementary, middle, and high school, performing in recitals and public events in her hometown.


Her first role as an accompanist was in the high school choir at Canyon del Oro High, where she participated as both a pianist and singer.


She also participated in the Oracle Piano Society Chamber Music Festival in January 2020.


During her senior year of high school with the COVID-19 pandemic closure, she participated in a year-long merit-based online music conservatory organized by the Oracle Piano Society under the tutelage of Artistic Director, Dr. Stephen Cook.


Apart from piano, Annalupe also studies voice. She has experience on the guitar, and has dabbled on the French horn briefly in the past.


Outside of music, Annalupe also enjoys cooking as she helps her family run their business, De Marco’s Pizzeria, in Oracle.


She also enjoys watching movies with her family and hanging out with her pets (a cat, a rabbit, a duck, and two birds!).


Currently, Annalupe is a second-year student at the University of Arizona and is pursuing a B.M. Piano Performance degree in Dr. Daniel Linder's studio.

A. Subset Photography

The Chorale performs PDQ Bach’s hilarious oratorio “Oedipus Tex” in Spring 2018.

America The Beautiful with Leia Wasbotten, soloist.