ARTISTIC STAFF OF THE TULSA CHILDREN'S CHORUS
Charlotte Blakely is the Artistic Director of the Tulsa Children's Chorus. Charlotte received her B.A. in Voice from Northeastern State University and made her operatic debut as the infamous Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro with the Tulsa Opera. Additionally, performing Mrs. McLean in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, the Witch in Sondheim’s Into the Woods and Carmen. She has performed in several operas, including The Magic Flute, Fidelio, Carmen, Tosca and Madame Butterfly. She has appeared as an also soloist in numerous concert and oratorio works such as Handel’s Messiah, Camille Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio, J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor as well as Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. Mrs. Blakely has also made many appearances performing alto/mezzo solos with the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus. These include Mozart’s Requiem, Schubert’s Magnificat in C, Mozart’s Vesperae Solemnis de Confessore and Beethoven’s Mass in C. For her performance of Beethoven’s Mass in C, the Tulsa World praised Mrs. Blakely for singing “most impressively” and “with authority throughout the evening."
Mrs. Blakely has been involved in choral music all her life,starting with being a chorister herself, then by directing adult and children's choirs for over 21 years. These include choirs at All Souls Unitarian Church, First United Methodist Church Owasso, First United Methodist Church Claremore and currently First Presbyterian Church in Claremore. She has taught choir in the public schools for several years and is currently the vocal music director at Will Rogers Junior High in Claremore. She is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, Oklahoma Music Educators Association and Northeastern Choral Directors Association.
As well as performing professionally as a mezzo-soprano, Mrs. Blakely enjoys performing as a bassoonist. She performed as principal bassoonist of the Tulsa Youth Symphony for five consecutive years as well as principal chair in the Oklahoma All-State Orchestra for three consecutive years. She performed with the University of Tulsa Orchestra and the Northeastern State University Orchestra as principal bassoonist. She has performed with the Oklahoma Symphonia, and most recently, Bartlesville Symphony, Southwest Kansas Symphony, and the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra.
Mrs. Blakely lives in Claremore with her husband Doug and four children: Cameron, Connor, Christian and Claire. It is Mrs. Blakely's belief that music can unite people world-wide in a profound way, which is her ultimate pursuit.
Joan Hatley is the Accompanist of the Tulsa Children's Chorus. She began her piano study in Tulsa with Georgann Gasaway and continued at Phillips University in Enid, where she studied piano with Dr. Jon Nelson and organ with Dr. Eugene Ulrich. She completed the degree Bachelor of Music in piano performance at the University of Oklahoma where she studied with Dr. Edward Gates.
Hatley resides in Tulsa and has taught piano here since 1981. She is the parateacher in the French fifth grade at Eisenhower International School. She has been the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus accompanist since 2002, and an accompanist for the Tulsa Children’s Chorus since 2009. On the music staff at Boston Avenue United Methodist Church, Ms. Hatley directs two children’s choirs–the Academy Cherubs and the Academy Choraliers—and accompanies the Chapel Choir rehearsals. She has traveled to schools throughout Oklahoma as accompanist for Tulsa Opera’s educational programs, and has directed the music for nearly three dozen Tulsa productions, including West Side Story, Chicago, Jesus Christ Superstar, and most recently, The Music Man and Curtains. As season accompanist for the Tulsa Performing Arts Center’s Brown Bag It recital series since 1988, Joan has accompanied some of Tulsa’s finest musicians. Along with duo-partner Mary Sallee, Joan has performed many recitals throughout the region of music for both one and two pianos. The duo was selected to perform a showcase recital at the OK Mozart Festival in June 2003. Joan has been an initiated member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity since 1980, is a member of the Tulsa Alumnae Chapter, and serves at the national level as Chairman of the Member Laureate Committee. She has been awarded the Sword of Honor, and was a featured performer at the SAI National Centennial Convention in 2003. Her composition, “Be Thinking,” is published in the SAI Supplemental Songbook.
Joan’s choral accompanying experience began with her seventh grade chorus, and continued through two years as Oklahoma All-State accompanist, under Paul Salamunovich and Doug McKuen. She accompanied the University of Oklahoma Concert Choir under the direction of Dr. Dennis Shrock. Perhaps her most significant influence in the world of choral music has been Dr. Marilyn Carver, her mother.
Joan is the proud mother of two teenaged boys: Dylan and Jonathan.
Ginny LeDoux is the founder and Artistic Director/Conductor Emerita of the Tulsa Children's Chorus. LeDoux holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Her outstanding work with children's choirs and time as an adjunct professor at Tulsa Community College has earned her acclaim throughout Oklahoma. She is an active clinician and has been a leader in the American Choral Directors Association for many years. Ginny currently serves as Director of Children’s Music Ministries at Boston Avenue Methodist Church and is a music teacher at Holland Hall.