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Release Date: August 07, 2017

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

The Chickasaw Nation Arts and Humanities Division is accepting applications for the Chickasaw Choir Program.

The art and music facility, 816 Arlington Center in Ada, Oklahoma, will offer a training choir for ages 6 and 7, children’s choir for ages 8-12 and vocal development lessons for ages 13-18.

Lessons begin Monday, Sept. 11, and run through Dec. 1. Classes will also be offered in Ardmore and Tishomingo.

The training choir will teach participants about their voice and music expression through vocal and rhythmic exercise as well as learning breath control.

The children’s choir will continue learning musicianship and musicality through vocal, rhythmic and breathing exercises, but will also work on sound development and performance skills.

Vocal development lessons will help singers to continue improving their vocal skills beyond the children’s choir.

Students will learn songs in both English and Chickasaw, as part of efforts to preserve and revitalize the Chickasaw language.

The goal for the choir program is to offer opportunities for artistic and cultural expression through vocal music training and performances for Chickasaw and other youth.

Since 2002, the Chickasaw Children's Choir has performed at milestone celebrations such as the "Ground blessing" of the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City, Governor Brad Henry's Children's Inauguration and numerous times at the Oklahoma State Capitol.

The choir program is open to the public. Chickasaw preference will be given.

For more information, contact arts and humanities at (580) 272-5520 or Phillip Berryhill at

To apply online, visit