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
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
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