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Talent show seeks to prepare students for future careers

The Professional Music Educators (PME) on the Oklahoma Christian University campus will be using their talent this Friday, as they host a Talent Show as a fundraising tool for their organization.

The talent show will include singing, French horns, piano solos and spoken word, but is open to the entire student body.

“We’re trying to encourage as many people as possible who are not in the music department to come and participate,” senior Andrea Ochoa, student president of PME, said. “We want to show the talent of our campus while also showing the talent of our department because there’s a lot of talented people that go to this school, especially who study music that not everyone knows about.”

PME is a student organization within the music department comprised of two larger organizations for professional development, National Association for Music Educators (NAFME) and Music Teachers National Association.

Associate Professor of Music, Dr. Paula Hutton, serves as the faculty advisor for the PME organization.

“They can rub shoulders with the people who are doing what they’re really inspiring to do,” Hutton said. “It helps them stay focused on what their true goal is and that is to teach music in some capacity. Also, it looks good on their resume to be involved in something like PME.”

Outside of being presented as a member of a professional organizations on resume, Ochoa said PME’s goal is to go to the Oklahoma Music Educators Association (OKMEA) convention in January, and the talent night helps raise money to attend.

The OKMEA convention holds seminars with different choirs, bands and teachers from all over the state. There are performances each night and throughout every day. Oklahoma Christian’s chorale is set to perform at the convention this year.

“When we pay to go, we have access to all three days of all the content they have for us so it’s really exciting,” Ochoa said. “It’s just a great organization for musicians and for people who are passionate about teaching music.”

Hutton said the convention helps music students think about what they want to pursue in the music field after they graduate.

According to Ochoa, PME gives students the opportunity to participate in real-world experience along with the education they are already receiving.

“PME is a hand coming in and feeding us an idea from the actual field, which is different from just studying it in our music and education departments,” Ochoa said. “It’s not a supplement in any way to the education we are receiving but it’s a little addition that gives you far more information that we can receive in a classroom setting.”

The PME talent show is Friday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. in Judd Theater. The entry fee for the event is $2 and concessions will be available for purchase outside of the theater.

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