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 Oracle, the surrounding communities and the general Tucson area.

We love to sing together! There is no audition, and while the ability to read music is helpful, it is not a requirement to be a member of the chorus.

Rehearsals are every Thursday evening, beginning September 9, 6:00 – 8:00 pm


Voices in the Oaks welcomes new Choral Director - Mirae Lee

Our new Director, Mirae Lee, is a 3rd year DMA student, studying Choral Conducting with Dr. Elizabeth Schauer at the University of Arizona. She is a Graduate Assistant for the University of Arizona Community Chorus, and she has a long list of choral conducting experience for university, church and secular groups.

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


Singers’ Social

Socialize with old singing buddies, meet some new singers, and learn more at the Singers’ Social to be held on Thursday, August 26 at 6:00 pm.


We’ll answer any of your questions about the upcoming Voices in the Oaks season, and you can also sign up to sing for the Fall season. Light refreshments will be served. This is an optional social and informative event.


We hope to see you there!


CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP


As in seasons past, we have asked members to sponsor a singer for whom the cost of membership (or a singer’s mask) is too high. We hope that those who are able will participate.


COVID policies:

The Chorale will follow these protocols to minimize the risk of COVID transmission:

● Singers will be fully vaccinated for COVID-19

● Singers will wear a mask during rehearsals

● Singers will practice safe distancing during rehearsals

VOICES IN THE OAKS CHORALE

We love to sing!

The Voices in the Oaks Chorale is a community chorus, comprised of singers from Oracle, the surrounding communities and the general Tucson area. The only requirements to sing with the chorus are a love of singing, the dedication to attend rehearsals and learn music, and to perform to your best ability. The ability to read music while helpful, is not a requirement to be a member of the chorus, and there is no audition!

History:

In February of 2016, Mary Huebner founded the Voices in the Oaks Chorale to bring a vocal music component to the Oracle Piano Society. The purpose was to bring enjoyment of music in general to anyone who wanted to participate, and to enhance appreciation for vocal music in particular. The effect has been to create a chorale community that grows in numbers 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)

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.

A. Subset Photography

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

America The Beautiful with Leia Wasbotten, soloist.