Oakdale Christian Academy Choir
Oakdale Christian Academy Choir is based out of Oakdale Covenant Church on the South Side of Chicago. This children’s gospel choir was originally formed as part of the church’s fundraising efforts to provide disaster relief to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. Their plan was to perform one time at the fundraiser. But a few days later, choir director Terrance Smith got a phone call asking the choir to book another performance... then another... then another!
As director, Terrance Smith works hard to instill the idea that the choir is not just an extracurricular activity but a ministry opportunity. Weekly rehearsals begin with a Scripture reading and reflection time, and children are encouraged to pray with and for each other, as well as for their audiences.
The choir performs regularly throughout the Chicago area and has shared the stage with renowned artists such as Jennifer Hudson and Common. The choir also has a partnership with North Park University, where they have participated in chapel services and traveled with the School of Music.