NC Sings 2023
Saturday, October 14th, 2023 at Duke Chapel
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Meet the Directors!
Vincent Oakes is entering his twentieth year as Artistic Director of the Chattanooga Boys Choir, a music education and performance organization founded in 1954 which now includes over 120 choristers ages 8‐18 in five ensembles. Including innovative performance opportunities and collaborative community initiatives, the CBC maintains a performance calendar of thirty appearances annually, as well as a technology‐based music education and choral musicianship curriculum for its participants. The choir has performed and toured extensively under Mr. Oakes' direction, including performance tours to Europe, Canada, and Cuba, as well as significant domestic appearances at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, St. Louis Cathedral Duke University Chapel, and Carnegie Hall. The CBC represented the United States at the Festival Internacional de Coros por la Paz in Costa Rica in June 2019 and was the first American children’s choir to perform in Cuba in nearly half a century in their 2013 performance tour to Havana. Recording opportunities for the CBC have included commercially released recordings with Stephen Curtis Chapman, Casting Crowns, and the GRAMMY‐ nominated NAXOS recording of Ravel’s L'enfant et les sortilèges with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Oakes earned the Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Florida and the Master of Sacred Music degree in Choral Conducting from Emory University. He has contributed articles to Choral Journal and chapters in the textbooks Choral Pedagogy (3rd edition) by Robert Sataloff and Brenda Smith and Class Voice: Fundamental Skills for Lifelong Singing by Ron Burrichter and Brenda Smith. An advocate for choral and community partnerships, Mr. Oakes has founded several initiatives in the Tennessee Valley region, including the Only Men Aloud! Men’s Chorus festival, a biennial ecumenical community hymn festival, and the SafetySing music project for preschool‐aged children. In 2014, he started the Tennessee Valley Voices, a choir comprised of Tennessee Valley-area arts teachers to raise awareness of the importance of music and arts education.