In December, the Jerusalem Music Centre held a training workshop for Israeli band conductors from across Israel.
The goal was to help improve the musical experience and strengthen the rapport that is necessary between
conductors and band members for a cohesive performance.
Dr. Joseph Missal, a world-renowned band conductor from Oklahoma State University, was chosen to lead this
workshop. Dr. Missal is a world-renowned band conductor. At OSU he conducts the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic
Band, and Chamber Winds and guides all aspects of the OSU Band Program. He also directs the graduate
conducting program, and serves as Chairman of the Wind and Percussion Division. His ensembles have performed
all over the world, and he has been in Israel before and has a very good reputation here.
OKIE was excited to be a partner with the Jerusalem Music Centre, offering this opportunity to the more than 70
youth bands from across Israel.
OKIE - Jerusalem Music Centre Partnership a Great Success
Since Israel literally made the desert bloom it is only fitting that Agritech Israel is one of the
world's most cutting edge exhibitions in the field of agricultural technologies. The
OKlahoma Israel Exchange (OKIE) attended Agritech 2012 (the exhibition is held every
three years). This year OKIE sent another delegation to the 2015 exhibit held April 28 - 30
at the Israel Trade Fairs and Convention Center in Tel Aviv. Those attending reaped the
benefits of visiting booth after booth filled with state of the art advances touching on all
aspects of farm innovation.
One facet of the OKIE mission is to cultivate an exchange of technology in agriculture
between Oklahoma and Israel. Through the efforts of our office in Jerusalem, Itzsak
Esquira, an Israeli agricultural expert and consultant lead a tour to visit drip irrigation at
work and see first hand a wastewater treatment center.
Esquira introduced the group to beneficial insects, new plasticulture products, research on
new strains of wheat and the most advanced treatment for wastewater and its applications
for fruit and vegetable crops. The relationship with Mr. Esquira has deep roots - he has
visited many produce farmers around our state and has been a keynote speaker at the
Annual Plasticulture Conference, headed by Micah Anderson with the Oklahoma
Department of Agriculture Food & Forestry (ODAFF). This year Anderson was a
participant in Agritech 2015 along with Oklahoma Wheat Commissioner Kenneth and his
wife Marcia Failes, and Susan Robertson, OKIE Executive Director. The four joined over
35,000 attendees and 250 exhibitors who displayed the latest technologies in the farming
world. The trip represents a growing partnership between Oklahoma and Israel in the field
of best practices that will yield more robust Oklahoma crops.