The Bisonettes will be adding 34 new members to the group for 2014-15, bringing the group to a record number of 75 singers. Plans are in the works for performances in the Shawnee area, the wider Oklahoma region, and a spring tour to surrounding states. The group will be singing at the annual Homecoming Gala concert, as well as the Kristen Todd Scholarship Benefit Concert to be held at First Baptist Church of Shawnee, November 15.
The Bisonettes were founded in 1954 by Warren M. Angell, former dean of the College of Fine Arts. Membership in the group is by annual audition; this year’s membership includes students from Oklahoma, Texas, Nevada, Arkansas, Alaska, Missouri, Colorado, West Virginia and Spain. While music majors comprise a large number of the singers, the group is represented by a wide group of non-music majors, including nursing, art, graphic design, biblical languages, psychology, biology and English.
The group performs at a wide range of campus events and off-campus concerts, including an annual tour of churches and schools. The repertoire of the group represents a wide range of compositional styles in both sacred and secular musical formats as well as showcasing choral standards, traditional numbers and contemporary compositions.
Jack Pearson, former director, has written a book titled O Sing Unto The Lord: A History of the Bisonettes—the Other Glee Club detailing the history of women's glee clubs since 1919 with a year by year history of the Bisonettes since 1954.
Additional information about The Bisonettes, including audition information, concert bookings and schedule, can be obtained by visiting the OBU Choral Music blog or by contacting the director by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 405-585-4325.