We want to make all of you aware of a couple of important changes we are making in light of the fact that OSSAA Marching Band Contest
falls on the same day this year as the COCDA festival: October 29. In order to ensure that students do not have to choose band over choir, or vice versa, we have decided to allow marching band
students who are accepted into a COCDA choir to leave the festival for a portion of the day in order to compete in the marching band contest. This will require the teacher of the affected students to
submit to the board the names of those students who will be leaving to participate in the contest, along with the name of the person/people with whom the student will be traveling. We will also have
a system in place at the festival to check your student out and back in to the festival rehearsals.
Because this is relatively short notice, we are extending our entry deadline by one day, to this Friday, September 6. We hope that this
will give evertyone enough time to enter all of the students who may wish to audition, regardless of whether or not they have a marching band conflict.
Also, please make sure that all of your students, if selected for a COCDA honor choir, are able to attend the festival. Since COCDA
does not select alternates, we want to ensure that all of the selected members actually participate in the festival, and that we do not take spots away from students who WILL be able to attend the
festival. So please, if you have a student who is unsure of whether or not they will be able to attend the festival if selected, don't enter that student for an audition. Thanks so much for your
Welcome! COCDA stands for Central Oklahoma Choral Director's Association. This organization is made up of choral
music educators from all over the Oklahoma
City metro area. The mission of COCDA is two fold: we want our students to have an excellent honor choir experience, and we want to help prepare our students for state
choir auditions. COCDA hosts a one day honor choir festival in the fall.
Use the tabs at the top of the page to find information about the audition and festival, including audition date and location, repertoire, procedures, and
COCDA has two junior high choirs: a mixed choir made up
of approximately 170 students, and a treble choir made up of approximately 130 students. Students in grades 7, 8 and 9 audition in September for this honor. They audition with the
OCDA Junior High All State audition selections. The students audition on voice parts exactly like they would for Junior High All State (S1, S2, A1, A2, T1, T2, B1, B2). Clinicians from
all over have been brought in to work with students. Previous clinicians for this festival include Dr. Terry Barum, Dr. Steven Curtis, Ms. Janis Dawson, Dr. Darla Eshelman, Mr. Victor
Johnson, Dr. Mark Lucas, Ms. Laura Farnell, and Dr. Judith Willoughby. The mixed group performs the three OCDA Junior High All State audition selections, and one other piece of the director's
choice. The treble group performs four pieces of the director's choice (two of which are from the OCDA Treble Chorus Rep list).
COCDA is in its fifth year of having an auditioned high
school choir. Students in grades 10, 11 and 12 audition using two of the four OkMEA All-State audition pieces. The number of students accepted depends on how many audition. The officers work to make
sure the choir has a balanced number of students per section.