SquishBAND SquishBAND is currently located in Norman, OK, USA, because our old man is a prof at OU (Boomer Sooner!). But we have lived in five states, been to many more (our current favorites are NM and NC...love the mountains and OBX), and hope to visit them all and far beyond. Right now we just play around Oklahoma, but someday...well, who cares about someday. Life's good now; God bless!   About our youth summer opera camp: "We've loved being a part of Cimarron Opera's events, including the summer camp.  Mervin and Kevin are the best, and the camp is inclusive and supportive--everyone is there to have a good time, make some music, and share some laughs." - Elena H. (lead singer of SquishBAND)

SquishBAND

SquishBAND is currently located in Norman, OK, USA, because our old man is a prof at OU (Boomer Sooner!). But we have lived in five states, been to many more (our current favorites are NM and NC...love the mountains and OBX), and hope to visit them all and far beyond. Right now we just play around Oklahoma, but someday...well, who cares about someday. Life's good now; God bless!

 

About our youth summer opera camp:

"We've loved being a part of Cimarron Opera's events, including the summer camp.  Mervin and Kevin are the best, and the camp is inclusive and supportive--everyone is there to have a good time, make some music, and share some laughs."

- Elena H. (lead singer of SquishBAND)

Alyssa Hanshew Young, aspiring artist with a voice unlike any other. Born in 2005 and her musical journey began in 2007-2011 at Connie's School of Dance. 2012-2013 she began taking piano, voice and guitar at South Metro Fine Arts Academy. From there she took off, performing in her first talent show at school in 2013 and placing 3rd overall. She has participated in the school talent show every year since, usually being placed as the grand finale. In 2014 she performed in Dr. Seuss's "The Seussical" at school and the Oklahoma Rock Academy during its band showcase. That same year she performed with the Oklahoma Rock Academy at the Thunder Alley sports bar. She opened for Cut 109 Barbershop's 10 year anniversary event and landed the lead in "Pirates the Musical" at school. She has also been selected for Honor Choir 2015 to present. She began singer/songwriter and guitar lessons with Kylie Morgan in 2015 and performed at the Half-Time Sports bar twice. Also in 2015 she competed in Oklahoma's got talent and performed at the tree lighting at the Christmas in Old Town event. She took classes at Sooner Theatre and performed in the "Teen Beach Movie" and "How to eat like a child" productions. Again in 2016 she sang at the tree lighting at the Christmas in Old Town event. She sang a solo and the National Anthem at the Veterans Day program. April of 2016 she began voice lessons with Heather Appel-Bailey. She auditioned for Cimarron Opera and was accepted to attend their camp where she performed in the Gilbert and Sullivan musical "Patience". December, 2016 she went into the recording studio and recorded 5 original songs for her first LP "Journey". January, 2017 her CD was released and her songs are now available on ITunes, Google Music, Spotify, and YouTube. She also participated in Circle the State with Song and was the only elementary student to be selected from her city to attend the OKMEA Childrens All State Choir at which she was 1 out of 8 to have a call back for a solo audition.  Her musical influences are Joan Jett, Pentatonix, Kylie Morgan, Emily Faith, Adele, Demi Lovato and Pat Benatar.  On top of all of her musical attributes, Alyssa is a straight A student, on the Principal and Superintendents honor roll and is in the SEARCH program at school. Since her 7th birthday she has asked for food or toiletry items in lieu of gifts to donate to the needy and even received an Outstanding Oklahoman Award in 2012. Alyssa has a voice that will melt your hearts. Visit her on her webpage, Facebook, Youtube, iTunes, CDbaby, ReverbNation, Twitter, Instagram and Amazon Music.

Alyssa Hanshew

Young, aspiring artist with a voice unlike any other. Born in 2005 and her musical journey began in 2007-2011 at Connie's School of Dance. 2012-2013 she began taking piano, voice and guitar at South Metro Fine Arts Academy. From there she took off, performing in her first talent show at school in 2013 and placing 3rd overall. She has participated in the school talent show every year since, usually being placed as the grand finale. In 2014 she performed in Dr. Seuss's "The Seussical" at school and the Oklahoma Rock Academy during its band showcase. That same year she performed with the Oklahoma Rock Academy at the Thunder Alley sports bar. She opened for Cut 109 Barbershop's 10 year anniversary event and landed the lead in "Pirates the Musical" at school. She has also been selected for Honor Choir 2015 to present. She began singer/songwriter and guitar lessons with Kylie Morgan in 2015 and performed at the Half-Time Sports bar twice. Also in 2015 she competed in Oklahoma's got talent and performed at the tree lighting at the Christmas in Old Town event. She took classes at Sooner Theatre and performed in the "Teen Beach Movie" and "How to eat like a child" productions. Again in 2016 she sang at the tree lighting at the Christmas in Old Town event. She sang a solo and the National Anthem at the Veterans Day program. April of 2016 she began voice lessons with Heather Appel-Bailey. She auditioned for Cimarron Opera and was accepted to attend their camp where she performed in the Gilbert and Sullivan musical "Patience". December, 2016 she went into the recording studio and recorded 5 original songs for her first LP "Journey". January, 2017 her CD was released and her songs are now available on ITunes, Google Music, Spotify, and YouTube. She also participated in Circle the State with Song and was the only elementary student to be selected from her city to attend the OKMEA Childrens All State Choir at which she was 1 out of 8 to have a call back for a solo audition. 
Her musical influences are Joan Jett, Pentatonix, Kylie Morgan, Emily Faith, Adele, Demi Lovato and Pat Benatar. 
On top of all of her musical attributes, Alyssa is a straight A student, on the Principal and Superintendents honor roll and is in the SEARCH program at school. Since her 7th birthday she has asked for food or toiletry items in lieu of gifts to donate to the needy and even received an Outstanding Oklahoman Award in 2012.

Alyssa has a voice that will melt your hearts. Visit her on her webpage, Facebook, Youtube, iTunes, CDbaby, ReverbNation, Twitter, Instagram and Amazon Music.

Crayton & Carter Haney Crayton and Carter Haney had their first Cimarron Opera experience together this summer in HMS Pinafore. Carter had previously performed in Patience in 2016. Carter has also performed in High School Musical, Jr.,  Aladdin, Jr., and Grapes of Wrath, among other shows. He has been on Deer Creek School's academic team the past two years. Both Crayton and Carter attend Deer Creek Middle School. Some of Crayton’s favorite performances include Aladdin Jr, Children’s Letters to God, and of course, HMS Pinafore. Crayton has also had the opportunity to be in the iTheatrics’ 2015 and 2016 choreography DVD filmings. Carter and Crayton both attended the iTheatrics’ 2016 and ‘17 Junior Theatre Academy in New York City. For the last year, Crayton and Carter have participated in the KidsAlive! Kaleidoscope program. This program partners experienced young performers with children with special needs. They each enjoy this program, it has been a highlight of their theatre experience. Crayton and Carter are voice students of Kevin Smith and they take tap and jazz at Dance Unlimited. In their free time, they enjoy playing piano, reading, going on vacations with their grandparents, and spending time with friends. Crayton and Carter would like to thank Cimarron Opera, Shawna Linck, Mervin Tay and Kevin Smith for providing such a great experience and helping them grow through this camp.

Crayton & Carter Haney

Crayton and Carter Haney had their first Cimarron Opera experience together this summer in HMS Pinafore. Carter had previously performed in Patience in 2016. Carter has also performed in High School Musical, Jr.,  Aladdin, Jr., and Grapes of Wrath, among other shows. He has been on Deer Creek School's academic team the past two years. Both Crayton and Carter attend Deer Creek Middle School. Some of Crayton’s favorite performances include Aladdin Jr, Children’s Letters to God, and of course, HMS Pinafore.

Crayton has also had the opportunity to be in the iTheatrics’ 2015 and 2016 choreography DVD filmings. Carter and Crayton both attended the iTheatrics’ 2016 and ‘17 Junior Theatre Academy in New York City. For the last year, Crayton and Carter have participated in the KidsAlive! Kaleidoscope program. This program partners experienced young performers with children with special needs. They each enjoy this program, it has been a highlight of their theatre experience. Crayton and Carter are voice students of Kevin Smith and they take tap and jazz at Dance Unlimited.

In their free time, they enjoy playing piano, reading, going on vacations with their grandparents, and spending time with friends. Crayton and Carter would like to thank Cimarron Opera, Shawna Linck, Mervin Tay and Kevin Smith for providing such a great experience and helping them grow through this camp.