Welcome to The Ola Choir WebpageTeacher Name: Mrs. Mindy L. ForehandSchool Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.orgCarnegie Hall 2022, GMEA 2022Mission:To create powerful and inspiring music that enriches and transforms lives and moves the soul, establish a space where all matter and feel safe and loved, and share the joy of music through community outreach.
Mrs. Forehand's BIO:
Mindy L. Forehand, Director of Choral Music, has served on the Ola High School Faculty since 2014. A native of Houma, Louisiana, she holds a Bachelor of Music in Education from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston. She received her Master of Music in Choral Conducting at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
The Ola High School Choral Program is an integral part of the school and community, volunteering time and talent throughout the year. Currently, the choral program has five choirs: The Mustang Singers, Sorraia, Caspian, Catria, and Falabella. Choirs under Mrs. Forehand’s direction consistently receive superior ratings at District, State, and National Festivals. She has traveled nationally and internationally with her students for competitions and performances, and her students have individually represented the choral program in District, State, Regional, and National Honor Choirs.
Most recently, Mrs. Forehand conducted her current students and alumni in the performance of Dreamweaver by Ola Gjeilo and the world premiere of “Nos non solum” by Alexis Renee Ward in Carnegie Hall on June 20th, 2022. Sorraia, the mastery treble choir, performed for the 2022 Georgia Music Educators’ Conference. Mrs. Forehand was also a Quarterfinalist for the 2021 and 2022 GRAMMY Music Educators’ Award.
Mrs. Forehand is an active member if the American Choral Directors Association, serving on the Georgia ACDA Board, and the Nation Association for Music Education. She also serves as Chair for the GMEA District VI High School Honor Choirs. Additionally, she maintains a lifelong commitment to quality music education in schools and equality for all arts and students. Many of Mrs. Forehand’s students have chosen career paths in music over the past fifteen years as performers, educators, and audio engineers and continue sharing their passion for music.
Previously, Mrs. Forehand served as Assistant Director of the internationally recognized Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus and the director of the University of Arizona Faculty/Staff Choir. Mrs. Forehand's prior employment includes two years as head of choral activities and piano classes at Ruston High School in Ruston, Louisiana, and two years as head of choral activities and fine arts classes at Brusly and Port Allen High Schools in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.