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
Dr. Joseph Missal talks about the
music workshop
Dick Rubin, who had known Donna for several years through her husband, Tom, a client of Dick’s business consultancy, invited Donna to an OKIE board meeting where the idea was discussed and met with enthusiam. Next came a meeting with Dick, Donna and Drew Diamond at the Tulsa Jewish Federation where he endorsed the idea. Dr Karen York, Director of Collections and exhibitions at the Sherwin-Miller museum became curator of the exhibition with Troy Jackson, from Bacone College, an award-winning native artist, as co-curator.

Surprisingly, Native American artists were not anxious to send their artwork overseas. So an alternate plan took shape: an exhibit at the Sherwin Miller followed some time later by an exhibit in Israel, once the artists became comfortable with the idea. This concept fit nicely with Drew’s intention to have more temporary exhibits at the Sherwin-Miller Museum as a method to build traffic through the museum and raise community awareness.

Dr. York and Troy Jackson began working with the Southeast Indian Artist’s Association and the artists began to explore Jewish history looking for parallel experiences . . .and they found many. Some of the artists incorporated historical Jewish materials in the creation of new work, others had existing works which fit the theme, and Ancient Ways: Modern Forms was born.

Click here for an excerpt from the catalog and a few images of the artwork

Click here for some interesting information about the Cherokees.

Gloria Estlin is both Jewish and Cherokee, a rare
combination that makes her more aware than most
people of parallel experiences in those two cultures. In the early days of OKIE, when Gloria and Sara Sanditen took visiting groups of Israelis to Tahlequah to see the Cherokee Heritage Center and Tsa-la-gi Village, Gloria was always struck by their enthusiastic response to Cherokee art and culture.

Many years later, Gloria wondered about the possibility
of mounting an art exhibit in Israel of Native American artworks. She contacted Donna Tinnin with the Cherokee Nation’s Community and Tourism department to discuss the possibilities and was delighted than Donna was in total agreement.