HISTORY

Hyechka (pronounced hi-eech-ka) is the Creek Indian word for music. Organized in 1904 when Tulsa was still an Indian Territory small town, Hyechka is now the oldest and largest music club in Oklahoma.

Formed in 1904, Hyechka has spent more than 110 years in making musical gifts to the city of Tulsa through its performing members, as presenters and as fundraisers for musical “bricks and mortar” projects. It played a significant role in raising the funds for Convention Hall, now the Brady Theatre, the venue for all major musical events in Tulsa from 1914 until our current Performing Arts Center was built in 1977. In fact, Hyechka was the presenter of the first performance at the Brady, a recital by international contralto Louise Homer. Not coincidentally, the Homer program was reprised by Barbara McAlister during Hyechka’s Centennial celebration in 2004.

The purpose of Hyechka is to advance and promote music in Tulsa and to provide opportunities for its performing members to share their musical skills by performing on its free and open to the public meetings, the first and third Wednesdays from October through May.

Hyechka also has a tradition of presenting artists of international renown as cultural gifts to the city. It is also credited with making music education a regular part of the Tulsa Public Schools curriculum in its early years and continues to support music in the schools through its very active Civic Committee. More than $26,000 in high school and collegiate scholarships are offered each year through Hyechka's Scholarship Program.

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The Hyechka Club Tulsa - History (pdf provided by Oklahoma State University)