VOKE Virginia Children's Choral Festival
with Lauren Walker
January 11-12 2020
About our Festival:   This is a wonderful opportunity for children in grades 4-6 to work with an accomplished guest conductor in a Kodály-inspired rehearsal setting.  The choir is limited to 150 students. ​
About our clinician: 

Lauren Walker earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Choral Music Education from the University of Maryland and her Masters of Kodaly Music Education from Loyola University. Mrs. Walker currently serves as the Director of Choral Music at Central Middle School in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.  At Central she teaches over 250 students in three different choral ensembles.  Her choirs consistently receive Superior ratings at both County and State Choral Adjudications and many of her students participate in county, state and regional honor choirs.

Mrs. Walker also serves as the Managing Artistic Director of the All Children’s Chorus of Annapolis, a community youth chorus for children in grades K-12. Under her leadership, the choir has traveled to Philadelphia, Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Denver and this summer will travel to New Orleans for the Crescent City Chorus Festival.  

Mrs. Walker currently manages the Anne Arundel All County Middle School choirs and previously served on the Maryland Choral Educators Association board as the Junior All State Chorus manager. She has served as a guest conductor and adjudicator throughout the state of Maryland and in Virginia and will be making her conducting debut in Pennsylvania this year. Mrs. Walker has presented at state and regional music conferences on repertoire, literacy and engagement in the choral classroom.

Mrs. Walker is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education, and the Maryland Music Educators Association.  She currently resides in Annapolis with her husband, Grant, and children, Jackson and Caroline. 

This year's repertoire: 

Goin' to Boston; arr. John Campbell; SA; Santa Barbara Publishing

Will There Really Be a Morning?; Craig Hella Johnson; SA; Alliance Music

When In Doubt, Tell the Truth; Nick Page; Two Part; Hal Leonard 

Al Shlosha D'Varim; Allan Naplan, SA; Boosey & Hawkes

Labor of Love, Stephen Hatfield, SSA; Boosey & Hawkes

Peace on Earth... and Lots of Little Crickets; Paul Carey; SA; Walton Music

Who is Eligible:  Singers must be enrolled in Kodály-based choral or music instruction, sing consistently in tune with good tone quality, exhibit strong part-singing skills, and exhibit good citizenship. Teachers must be VOKE/OAKE members and may bring up to 15 students. 


Cost:  $35.00 per student.  This covers snacks and water bottles at the festival,  music octavos,  and salaries for the conductor and accompanist.

Registration: Click on the registration link to view registration information.

Important Dates: 

Pre-Registration and Payment Due November 8


10:00am-3pm, SATURDAY JANUARY 11, 2020

Location: Potomac High School

3401 Panther Pride Drive

Dumfries, VA 22026 (show in google maps)


2:00pm-6pm (Concert at 5pm), SUNDAY JANUARY 12, 2020

Location: Potomac High School

3401 Panther Pride Drive

Dumfries, VA 22026 (show in google maps)

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