2021-2022 Memorable Moments
Ada Area Senior Club
Ada Classic Arts Academy holds a Halloween concert every year at the First Presbyterian Church in Ada, OK. Our students (and sometimes instructors) are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes, and they each prepare a “spooky” song to either play on piano, guitar, or with voice. They often pick a song to go with their costume. We plan to host this recital again this fall, but we may switch the theme to “Night at the Movies” and have them choose selections from movies. Costumes will still be encouraged.
Hyechka Club (Wetumka)
Our club sponsored 14 piano students of our local piano teacher, Lisa Peel, with a recital and reception at the First United Methodist Church. We used the red and white theme of our club colors. We had 76 people attend this year’s performance.
MacDowell Club of Allied Arts (Altus)
Our December 2021 meeting was hosted by two of our newest members, Manda Stephens and Cindy Stitt. The program featured Christmas songs by six of our men members. Men4Music lead by Nancy Cox, Jim Bayers, Don Stone, Ken Cix, and Sam Stitt sang songs of the season. “White Christmas” was sung by Shaun Connally. Clark Huey played several piano selections. Nancy Cox led the members in singing Christmas carols before all enjoyed treats of the season.
The 100th anniversary in 2021 of the Ponca City Federated Music Club marked a special event for Ponca City. This was also the 90th anniversary of the unveiling of the Pioneer Woman statue. A multimedia musical theater production was written and produced by PCFMC President Debra Harden Rue. PIONEER WOMEN served as the major project for our anniversary year. The musical had three performances at the historic Poncan Theater with a cast of over 40 actors and over 300 costume pieces. With grants and community support over $25,000 was raised in three months to mount the production. This “leap of faith” with COVID issues still present was well received by the public as they experienced the songs and stories written to represent 12 statues commissioned by former Oklahoma Governor, E.W. Marland. His vision was to have a statue constructed to honor the pioneer women who helped shape America. The 3’ tall statues traveled by rail to 13 major cities across the country where the general public voted for their favorite. “Confidence” was erected 17’ tall weighing 12,000 pounds on a base rising to 33’ at a cost of $300,000.
Poteau Musical Arts
We had our State Bound Festival Winners Recital on Saturday, April 16th at the First United Methodist Church in Poteau. We had seven of our state bound students participate in this recital. Students use this opportunity to practice for State Festival. We set it up similar to how things are done at the state level so the students become familiar with what is expected. The students did an excellent job and we had a decent turnout from the public for the recital.
Schubert Music Club (Lawton)
We presented the 81st annual performance of Handel’s Messiah. Last year we were not allowed to have an audience in the auditorium. This year we did the performance with everyone masked and distanced on the stage and we live streamed it. We actually reached more people than the auditorium would hold. We had comments from people living all over the world.
St. Cecilia Music Club
Nothing to report this year. We did not hold any events.
Wednesday Morning Music Club (Okmulgee)
COVID has continued to provide challenges to our club in 2021-2022. Our 2021 Christmas program hosted at the home of Dana Mims was a memorable program. We brought together approximately 25 music loving individuals. Our program featured 2 student performers and 6 member performances. Our program closed with carol singing accompanied by violin and piano and followed with wonderful seasonal goodies and refreshments.