Location: Maryland, USA
Ocie Shaquán Banks, tenor, is a student at George Mason University where he is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Choral Music Education. He studies voice with Grammy award winner Professor John S. Aler and is under the mentorship of Dr. Lisa A. Billingham. Ocie is an active performer in the George Mason University School of Music where he performs with the University Chorale and is a tenor section leader, under the direction of Dr. Lisa A. Billingham, small performing groups, and in student recitals. Ocie is an active member of the American Chorale Directors Association and is currently serving his second term as secretary of the George Mason University Collegiate Chapter of ACDA (GMU-ACDA). Ocie is an active church musician. He currently serves as a music minister at Victory Praise Church of God. There he is a Praise & Worship leader, soloist, and pianist. Ocie is also a guest Praise & Worship leader at many other church events. He assists the music ministries of the Church of God Northeast Regional Fellowship and Church of God Black Ministries Department. Ocie has performed with many ensembles: Hyattsville Middle School Concert & Chamber choirs, Northwestern High School Choirs, Prince George's County Honors Chorus, Maryland Junior All-State Chorus, Metropolitan Regional Fellowship Choir & Praise Team, Northeast Regional Fellowship Choir & Praise Team, Church of God Black Ministries Choir & Praise Team, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, and the ACDA Voice United Festival Chorus. Ocie fell in love with choral music in the seventh grade, and this passion has driven him to pursue a degree in music education. He credits his Passion first to GOD and then to Professor Edryn J. Coleman, Director of Choral Activities-Lincoln University, who sparked this passion, and Mrs. Leona Lowery-Fitzugh, who nurtured this passion during Ocie's high school career. Ocie is looking forward to teaching the next generation of musicians. He wants to give his students a solid musical foundation, so that they can be college and career ready before they graduate high school.