The Opry Heritage Foundation of Oklahoma (OHFO) is a 501(c)3 non- profit organization with the mission to provide quality music education and artist development while expanding the music industry and tourism in Oklahoma. Our vision is to become the premier provider
of music education to under-served groups, artist development for Oklahoma performers
and family-friendly live entertainment in our state.
2021 OHFO Board of Directors:
Jason Hughs, Chair
Kelli Payne, Vice Chair
Teri Newby, Treasurer
Shauna Stover, Secretary
Transforming lives through music with the following programs
Guitars for Vets:
The Opry Heritage Foundation is home of G4Vs first chapter in Oklahoma! OHFO is happy to partner with the national Guitars for Vets organization, Department of Veteran Affairs and the OKC VA Hospital to make this program possible. Guitars for Vets is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2007 who operates more than 80 chapters in 40 states with the assistance of over 200 volunteers nationwide. Over the past seven years, this organization has refined a guitar instruction program aimed at providing Veterans struggling with physical injuries, PTSD and other emotional distress a unique supportive program. G4V pursues its mission to share the healing power of music by providing free guitar instruction, a new acoustic guitar and a guitar accessory kit in a structured program run by volunteers, primarily through the Department of Veterans Affairs facilities and community-based medical centers.
Granville Community Music School
Named after Opry founder Granville (Grant) Leftwich, Granville provides quality music instruction to children from low-income families for the nominal fee of 50 cents per lesson. Granville is modeled after Nashville’s long-running, highly-successful W. O. Smith Community Music School. In addition to private lessons, Granville also offers group music classes to Positive Tomorrow’s after school program, Mission Academy High School and partners with Arts Council OKC to bring music to under-served schools in the OKC Public Schools district.
HOW CAN YOU HELP? Do you have instruments you or your children are no longer using? We would love to put those to great use in the hands of our students. We are also always in need of volunteer music teachers, especially in the areas of piano, guitar and violin. For more info, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (405)297-9773.
Stockyards Central is the new temporary home of the Rodeo Opry!
While we look for our new Opry home, we will continue to provide the best in family-friendly entertainment from Stockyards Central at 2312 Exchange Ave. in Oklahoma City.
In 2018, there was a need for a space to house Granville recitals, Artist Development workshops, and smaller live music shows. With the help of our Granville families and community, Stockyards Central was created. Right next door to the Granville School of Music, Stockyards Central was created to serve as a multi-purpose event space and listening room. Thanks to generous funding from Kelli Payne and the Payne family and countless volunteer hours from Granville families, the building was transformed from a retail shop into a open, place of assembly that would house many concerts and events in the coming years. For information about rentals and upcoming shows at Stockyards Central, please visit the Stockyards Central page.
Oklahoma’s Official Country Music Show is celebrating its 44th year of providing the best in spectacular live weekly entertainment. Located in the heart of the historic stockyards district near downtown Oklahoma City, performances feature new talent from around the state, veterans of the Opry stage and occasional special appearances by top country music artists and legends! For more information about our history and shows, please visit the Rodeo Opry Info page.
Oklahoma Heritage Concert Series
Students from around the state watch Oklahoma history come to life through an interactive program teaching the history, music and culture of our great state. This educational music experience takes participants through the trials and triumphs of Oklahoma including Native American heritage, the Dust Bowl, state symbols and famous Oklahomans.
The Rodeo Opry is proud to partner with the National Coboy & Western Heritage Museum to bring OHCS to Oklahoma schools.
Designed to develop and enhance promising performers in the areas of stage presence, vocal production, and songwriting. These workshops consist of a Friday night performance followed by a Saturday morning workshop providing individual and group feedback. Workshops are lead by a different vocal clinician each time. The Youth Artist Development workshops are offered for performers up to age seventeen and Adult Artist Development workshops are for artists eighteen and older. Writers from the Row Songwriting Workshops open to all ages.
2021 workshop dates to be determined!
Writers From the Row
Personalized workshops and intimate performances provide local songwriters with the opportunity to work and perform with top industry professionals. Over the years, participants have benefited from instruction and interaction with hit songwriters for artists such as Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, John Michael Montgomery, Diamond Rio, Bryan White, and many others.
2021 workshop dates to be determined!
The Opry Heritage Foundation of Oklahoma is a 501(c)-3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.
Checks are payable to Opry Heritage Foundation of Oklahoma or OHFO and can be mailed to:
2304 Exchange Ave.
OKC, OK 73108
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