Oklahoma Baptist University

James Vernon

Professor of Music
Raley Chapel 205E
OBU Box 61236
500 W. University
Shawnee, OK 74804

James Vernon, Professor of Music, teaches courses in music composition, music theory, and fine arts courses (music and art for Common Core). In addition to these duties, he is the musical director of The Bisonettes, OBU’s Women’s Glee Club. He has composed works for instrumental, choral, and vocal idioms, as well as music for stage play productions. Vernon’s compositions have been performed throughout the United States and parts of Europe.

Vernon is a member of the Society of Composers and the College Music Society. He also serves as an accreditation visitor for the National Association of Schools of Music. Vernon holds degrees from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, where he completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 1990. He has done additional study at the University of North Texas.

A native of Chesapeake, Virginia, he lives in Shawnee with his wife, Lisa, a home health/hospice nurse. Their daughter, Meredith, is a medical student at the University of Oklahoma. His hobbies include reading and bicycling.

Educational Background:

B.A., Old Dominion University
M.M., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
D.M.A., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Courses Taught:

Private and Class Music Composition
Written and Aural Music Theory Courses
Arts and Western Culture

Selected Publications and/or Professional Activities:

Recent Compositions:
Three Sacred Songs for Soprano Voice and Piano
Rules and Regulations for Tenor Voice and Piano
Quints for Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Piano, and Percussion


College Music Society
Society of Composers
Broadcast Music, Inc.
NASM Accreditation Visitor