Oakland School for the Arts Chamber Choir performed Sunday at the Raiders home game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
A public charter school, Oakland School for the Arts was founded in 2000 with the support of former Oakland mayor and California Governor Jerry Brown.
Comprised of students from 9-12th grade, the choir has performed at numerous events around the Bay Area including the inauguration of Governor Brown.
For the past six years, the school has been asked to perform by the Raiders organization. Traditionally, the choir would perform the National Anthem but was asked to perform ‘America, the Beautiful’ while the California National Guard presented the U.S. flags and colors.
Cava Menzies has worked at the school since its opening and currently serves as the chair of the Vocal Music department.
“The energy of being on the field, the beauty of seeing the players warm up and prep for the game, and the sensation of hearing the crowd cheering are a magical experience for my students,” said Menzies.
Menzies said the choir was extremely grateful for the opportunity and called it a “dream come true” for many of the students.
“OSA School of Vocal Music is proud to help represent Oakland youth,” she added.
OSA has also been in the headlines recently since it’s a-capella group, Vocal Rush, appeared in NBC’s ‘The Sing Off” competition.
For more information about Oakland School for the Arts, visit www.oakarts.org