The mission of The Oklahoma Israel Exchange (OKIE) is to foster enhanced cooperation between the state of Israel and the state of Oklahoma in culture, arts, education, agriculture, commerce and economic development.

OKIE’s objective is to coordinate activities between the state of Oklahoma and the state of Israel by sponsoring projects, ensuring responsiveness to economic development opportunities and cultural exchanges, building networks through people-to-people exchanges at all levels and serving as a catalyst to further relationships between the two states.

OKIE/AIFL Student Exchange Program


For the second year in a row, OKIE will join the Youth Ambassador Student Exchange (YASE) program hosted by the America Israel Friendship League (AIFL). In the fall of 2006, Jenks High School senior, Andrew McQuary traveled to New York City, Washington D.C. and Israel along with a group of students from the United States, the Former Soviet Union (FSU) and Israel.
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2007 Young Artists Competition Announces Winner
The Oklahoma Israel Exchange (OKIE) is proud to announce that the winner 2007 Young Artists Competition is Anna Starzec, a graduate student at Oklahoma City University majoring in piano performance.
For the competition, Starzec performed the Grieg Concerto for Piano in a minor, Mozart Fantasy in d minor, as II Sonate by Grazyna Bacewicz, a contemporary composer from Starzec’s homeland of Poland.  She was presented to the public and performed the Bacewicz work at the Young Artists Competition Recital on Sunday, June 10, 2007, which was part of the OK MOZART International Festival in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.A student of Prof. Amy I-Lin Chen, head of the piano program at the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University, Starzec has performed in Italy, Germany, Norway, Poland, and the United States. She has won the 3rd prize from the International Piano Competition of the Associazione F. Chopin in Rome, the Erazmus Sokrates Scholarship in Norway, and a commendation of Distinction at the Ibla Grand Prize in Sicily, Italy.  During her two years in Oklahoma, she has won the 1st prize of Oklahoma Music Teachers Association, the 2nd prize of the Oklahoma Community Orchestra Young Artists Competition, and the Oklahoma City University Concerto Competition.  She was also among the few pianists selected from around the world to participate in the 2007 Piano Texas International Academy and Festival this June.
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