Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Thank You!

Yesterday was a wonderful day!

Great choirs, great songs, great clinician (Steven Zielke), great special guest (Peter Hollens) and most of all, GREAT SINGERS!

Many, many thanks to all the volunteers, directors, adjudicators, and Hult Center staff for a fabulous festival!

Bruce & Jennifer

Just a few of the photos from the day...



Thursday, April 16, 2015

1000 Peter Hollens Faces Makes Me Smile!

If you want to hear Peter Hollens tell his story about how he got to be a huge YouTube star, but think that you are too old to sing in the Oregon Children's Choral Festival, you're in luck!

Come to the Hult Center, Tuesday April 21st at 1:20pm to hear the mass choir recording session with 400 kids from all over Oregon followed by Peter Hollens, or at 2pm to catch Peter's session. Of course, no matter what your age, you'll need one of these pretty guest buttons to get in and we'll have them in the lobby for you for just $5 ($8 for full day button). Win!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Peter Hollens - Special Guest for Oregon Children's Choral Festival 2015

Peter Hollens

I can't tell you how excited we are to have Peter with us!

At the festival, Peter will be sharing his story, his music, answering questions and inspiring our young singers to reach for their dreams and to start reaching now!

For those of you who know him, I don't need to introduce him. Those who haven't yet been touched by his heart and music are in for a real treat. There are a lot of "great" things listed below that Peter is doing and has done, but to me the best things about Peter shines even brighter.

What I really love about Peter is how he has managed to keep a sense of humility and kindness to those around him during his climb to notoriety. Like in this photo of him, you can see that the love of what he does and the people around him shines even brighter than the dazzle of lights around him. If you get to chat with him, he is still a real person that sees you as a real person too... even though he is totally stinkin’ awesome!

Peter Hollens is an American pop singer and producer best known for his work on YouTube as an a cappella cover artist. With over 950,000 subscribers, his videos have reached more than 100 million viewers since 2011. Hollens has collaborated with some amazing artists, including Jason Mraz, Hunter Hayes, Brian Wilson, Lindsey Stirling, Members of Pentatonix Avi Kaplan and Scott Hoying and many more.. He has released over 85 digital singles and has been involved with a cappella music since 1999 when he co-founded the University of Oregon’s male a cappella group On The Rocks. In 2010, he was featured on NBC’s The Sing Off Season 2 with On the Rocks and in 2014 he signed with Sony Masterworks. Peter also is an advisor for Patreon, Loudr, Tubular and on the Youtube creative advisory board, and consults and advises his fellow musicians all the time on best practices and how to succeed in the music industry.

See you all soon!


Bruce & Jennifer Searl – Festival Directors
Oregon Children's Choral Festival/Aardvark Hill

Friday, June 13, 2014

Date for 2015 Festival - Tuesday, April 21st

Just a quick post to let you know nest years' festival date so you can mark your calendars!
2015  Tuesday April 21st

Do it now! Mark your calendar and plan on joining us.

Please help spread the word and the date!

Our Guest Clinician

Steven Zielke

Professor, Music Area Coordinator, Director of Choral Studies,
Chamber Choir, Oregon State University

It’s going to be a great festival!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Hult Center - Check!, Stage setup - Check!, Sound System and Mics - Check, Multi-Camera Video gear setup - Check, 600+ singers at 9:am - This morning - Check! The 2014 Oregon Children's Choral Festival is about to kick off!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

2014 Festival Details Posted!

Check out the our Adjudicators Bio, Song Selections and Order Music!

Click "Details" tab above or click here!

Please help spread the word and invite all your director/choir friends to join us this year!

We'll be sharing the Hult Center with the Metro Choral festival this year. No overlap, but Metro starts up as we finish and pack up... it's a giant day of choral music for up through high school age choirs!

Monday, October 14, 2013

2014 Festival Date - Tuesday, April 22nd

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 is the date for next years' festival.

Mark Your Calendars - Spread the Word! We need your help letting people know about this great festival. Please send your recommendation, along with a link back to our site to all your choral friends!

Special Note: We'll be sharing the Hult Center with the Metro Choral Festival this year! Children's Choral all day, High school Choral all evening! An even fuller day of great music and singing!

Remember to encourage your kids to submit their compositions to be considered to be our Featured Youth Composer for 2014!

Click here for Details (last years info will be updated soon)

Just in case you don't know what to say... send them here or read them this quote from Margo - Thanks Margo!

WOW!  What an amazing day of musical talent!  THANK YOU SO MUCH for putting in so much hard work planning organizing this event.  The report from my kids was...."This is the BEST day ever!" 

We truly appreciated the amazing experience of singing on the Hult Center stage - nothing can compare!  (I'm actually a little nervous to rehearse them on our little stage with limited lighting and sound now...... :-)  I am still a little shocked that our group received the award and am overwhelmed by the whole experience.  THANK YOU!

Thank you for impacting so many kids lives musically...such a blessing to be apart of!

LOVED your daughters song as well - so inspiring for many of my students who are already writing their own music!

Margo DeYoung
Music Specialist
Liberty Elementary Schools

Yeah! It was that good! ;-)

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