OSUYC Faculty

Our Faculty:

Julia HaleyJulia W. Haley (Coordinator / Mentor) is an Associate Professor of Music Education at Oklahoma State University, where she specializes in elementary music methods and teacher training. Dr. Haley holds a B.M.E. degree from Oklahoma Baptist University, plus an M.M.E. and Ph.D. with Kodály Emphasis from the University of Oklahoma. In addition, she earned a Kodály Certificate from Silver Lake College in Wisconsin, achieved certification in Orff-Schulwerk from Memphis State University, and completed two levels of training in the World Music Drumming curriculum. She has published children's choir curricula for LifeWay Christian Resources and Celebrating Grace Worship and Church Music Resources. She also co-authored a book with her mother and mentor, Betty Woodward, entitled Using Kodály and Orff in the Church, published by Genevox. In 2011 Dr. Haley was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Educators Association Hall of Fame.

Throughout her teaching career, Dr. Haley has been continually involved in making music with children in her church and community. She founded the Stillwater Honor Choir program for children in grades 3-12 in 2004 and served as a primary conductor and artistic director for the next 18 years. During this time she mentored dozens of OSU vocal music education majors who interned with the choirs prior to their student teaching experience in the public schools. She will continue her involvement with the program as it transitions into the OSU Youth Choirs under the umbrella of the OSU Community Music School.


Screen Shot 2017 08 18 at 11.03.41 PMDr. Christopher D. Haygood (Mentor Belle voci Choir) conducts the OSU University Singers; supervises Statesmen, the OSU men's choral ensemble; teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Choral Studies and Choral Music Education; and is faculty advisor for the student chapter of ACDA. In addition to serving as a clinician across the country, Christopher is active locally as the director of Belle Voci, the grade 9-12 choral ensemble of the Stillwater Honor Choirs.

Christopher's research interests span from the choral music of holocaust survivor Petr Eben to the role of music in cultures of native peoples. Recently he spent time in New Zealand exploring music of the Maori tribes and plans an extension of this research with the tribes of Oklahoma. Christopher completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Music at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and completed additional fields in Vocal Arts, Sacred Music, and Instrumental Conducting. While at Thornton, Christopher was the assistant conductor of the world renowned USC Thornton Chamber Singers, conducted the marketing recording of Wipip! with the Chamber Singers for composer Sydney Guillaume, taught undergraduate and graduate conducting, and prepared choral groups for collaborations with Maestro Helmuth Rilling, Andrea Bocelli, Jennifer Hudson, and The Tonight Show.

In addition to his duties at USC, Christopher was the choral conductor of the Legal Voices of Los Angeles performing regularly in conjunction with the LA Lawyers Philharmonic in the Walt Disney Concert Hall and Shrine Auditorium. Christopher also taught conducting and choral methods at Loyola Marymount University, was a bass soloist with the Los Robles Master Chorale, and sang as bass soloist at Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church.

Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Christopher studied at Samford University, the University of Mississippi, and the University of Miami, and completed an honors course in Music and English at the University of Cambridge. He has conducted choirs across Europe and New Zealand and for master classes with Maestro Helmuth Rilling, Rodney Eichenberger, and Dale Warland. Christopher studied conducting with Jo-Michael Scheibe, Nick Strimple, Larry Livingston, and Jerry Jordan. As a secondary music educator, Christopher's choirs and ensembles consistently received highest honors across the country, and he was named the MEA Outstanding Young Music Educator in 2006. 


2017.Ranson.ATrish Ranson (Concert Choir Conductor) Trish Ranson is the music specialist at Westwood Elementary, where she instills the love of music making in her school community through singing, dancing and instrument playing. Mrs. Ranson received her undergraduate degree in music education from Wichita State University and her Masters of Music Education degree from Oklahoma State University. She is a certified instructor in both the Kodaly and Orff approaches to music education and has presented workshops at the local and state levels. Her classroom is often visited by OSU music majors as a model for elementary instruction. Trish is the past president for the Central Oklahoma Orff chapter and was Westwood’s Teacher of the Year for the 2011-2012 school year. Trish is also an active member and caller for the Stillwater community contra dance group, A Contra Affair, which dances monthly on campus or at the Stillwater Community Center. Her latest interest is creating community through storytelling, World Music Drumming and playing the ukulele. 



Screen Shot 2017 06 23 at 8.55.18 PMMs. Diana Austin (Accompanist) is the music teacher at Will Rogers Elementary.  She received her degree in music education from Oklahoma Baptist University.  Her career includes teaching music in Oklahoma in all grades PK-12.