Oak Ridge Chorus

Jaclyn Johnson leads members of the Oak Ridge and Chorus

Welcome to the Oak Ridge Chorus! 

The all-volunteer Oak Ridge Chorus, under its Interim Director Seth O'Kegley, performs regularly with the Oak Ridge Symphony, and gives two Chorus-only concerts during the concert season.

During the 2019–2020 75th Anniversary Season, chorus performances with the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra are The Free Family Concert, Celebration of Our Past & Future, and Native Lands.  Chorus-only concerts are Gloria! and Leap Year & Light Opera!  Additional community performance opportunities occasionally arise.  During the 2018–2019 season, members of the Oak Ridge Chorus performed for the Dedication of the Peace Pavilion & First Ringing of the International Friendship Bell attended by the Consul General of Japan and numerous state and local dignitaries.

The Oak Ridge Chorus also participates in fundraising activities for the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association in support of the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, Chorus & Chamber Music Series.  The Wreath Sale is a popular holiday activity that provides volunteer opportunities and service to ADFAC.  On February 29, 2020, the Oak Ridge Chorus will present Leap Year & Light Opera Luncheon, a fun fundraising event that will be held immediately prior to the concert featuring music by Gilbert & Sullivan and more.

The chorus rehearses weekly on Monday evenings throughout the season, and is an excellent opportunity to meet other music lovers in the community.  All are welcome!  No audition!  Dues: $30; students $15.  For more information about joining the chorus or volunteering for its activities, please contact the ORCMA office at (865) 483-5569 or e-mail office@orcma.org.  And remember to Like Us and Follow Us on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/OakRidgeChorus/ to stay up to date on all our concerts and activities.

Seth O'Kegley is the Interim Choral Director of the Oak Ridge Chorus and the Director of Music & Worship at First United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge Tennessee. In addition to his choral work, Seth maintains an active performance career as a pianist, vocalist, actor, and clinician. He works with a variety of ensembles as a collaborative pianist, having accompanied the University of Tennessee Women's Chorale and the UT Singers. As a vocalist, Seth performs a variety of solo works in the East Tennessee region as well as singing with premier vocal ensembles like the Appalachian Men's Ensemble, Vox Valens Men's Group, and Orison. He leads honor choirs, clinics, and adjudicates festivals regularly.

As an advocate for community involvement in the arts, Seth served as a company member of Encore Theatrical Company (ETC), where he appeared in shows, played in pit orchestras, taught educational camps, and musical directed productions. Aside from ETC, Seth has worked with various other East Tennessee theatre groups in many capacities. 

After his educational residency at Elizabethton High School and the East Tennessee State University School, Seth served as the Interim Music Teacher at East Side Elementary School in Elizabethton, TN, where he taught general music and choir for grades K‒5. He also has served as the Assistant Choir Director at Lincoln Memorial University and an Adjunct Music Professor at East Tennessee State University. 

Seth holds a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Tennessee where he studied conducting with Dr. Angela Batey and Dr. Gene Peterson. Seth holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from East Tennessee State University (ETSU) in Johnson City, TN, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. While at ETSU he studied conducting with Dr. Alan Stevens and Dr. Thomas Jenrette and voice with Karen Smith. Seth is a member of the American Choral Director's Association, the National Association for Music Education, the American Guild of Organists, and Pi Kappa Lambda. Seth is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity from Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO.