"OVOC Stories"

A Sense of Purpose

I had been at Bethel Christian Academy, (BCA), a private Christian school, with my husband, Chris, serving as principal, while I worked, as a monitor, in the Learning Center, and, with the Music Department. This was from the Fall of 1992, to the Spring of 1998. After this was over, I wanted an avenue for my music, since I was done, there. (Chris and I, had thought it best, for him to return to radio, after this. So, I moved on, at this point, too).

I was hoping for a chance to be a part of a choir, and, also, to do some solo work. I had heard about the Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus, (OVOC), on the radio, on Open Line. So, I decided to go to the rehearsals. I sing 1st Soprano, in the chorus part of OVOC.

I started in the Fall of 1998. And, it has been wonderful, ever since. I have had a wonderful chance, to be part of a choir. And, I have had the wonderful opportunity, to do some solo work, too. This has given my life a lot of fun, and an added sense of purpose.

And, I have also had the wonderful opportunity to get acquainted with some truly lovely people, too. As a result of being involved in the "Mother's Day Extravaganza," in the Spring of 2008, I decided to get involved in some of the Spring musicals, as well.  As a result, I was in "Beauty and the Beast," in the Fall of 2008.

I was also involved in "Annie Get Your Gun," in the Spring of 2010, and "Spamalot," in the Spring of 2013. And, I will be involved in "The Little Mermaid," this coming Spring of 2017, also.

These concerts and musicals, have given me the opportunity to have something to invite my friends and family to.

Tina Maria (M.) Schmidt ! 🙂

Heidi Goes To Broadway

I cannot thank the Okanogan Orchestra and Chorus enough for the tremendous and unique exposure they gave me to the performing arts as a youth. My involvement in the OVOC yearly spring musicals served as the base for my career as a professional performer.

As a child I recall being completely swept up and mesmerized by the fabulous productions the OVOC staged, longing to climb onto the stage myself.

As a teenager, I was given the opportunity to join in on the fun and the course of my life in the performing arts was set. It's hard to explain to people outside the Okanogan Valley area just how special the productions the OVOC presents are, how for such a small town there can be so much talent and production value.

Working in the professional world I find myself even more impressed by how amazing the OVOC productions are with everyone volunteering their time and talents.

It truly blows my mind and I am so proud to have been a part of it.

~Heidi Brucker​

A Family For When Times Are Rough

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About eight months after my husband and Dad passed away, I joined the chorus. The weekly practices and concerts were so much fun, they were part of my healing process.

It gave me something to focus on and be a part of and being involved with this group is so uplifting.

I never leave a practice or concert without a smile on my face. The members are so friendly and welcoming and I am so thankful to be a part of this wonderful organization.  ~Kim Simpson