Oklahoma Baptist University

OBU's University Chorale to Perform "Gloria," "Seven Last Words"

The University Chorale, Oklahoma Baptist University's premier mixed chorus, will perform John Rutter's "Gloria" and Nancy Cobb Lippens' "Seven Last Words" Thursday, April 20, at 8 p.m., in the university's Potter Auditorium.

The concert will feature the 52-member student chorus and an orchestra made up of OBU faculty and students and several musicians from around the state.

Soloists in "Gloria" and "Seven Last Words" include OBU juniors Randy Umstead, Stephanie Moring, and Malynda Layne and sophomores, Erin Cain, and Nathalie Crim,.

Narrators include OBU senior, Matt Roberson, and sophomores, Thomas Duckett, Jesse Graver, Aaron Stanford, and Chris Cambell.

Adam Lewis, senior, served as student rehearsal conductor for the production.

The University Chorale conducts annual tours across the United States. The group also performs at OBU Convocations, Founders' Day and other Chapel events. In addition, the University Chorale appears at the university's annual Homecoming Musical Gala and the Hanging of the Green.

The Chorale has performed at the Southwest Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association, the Oklahoma Music Educators Association In-Service Workshop, and the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Church Music Workshop.

The Chorale has produced several recordings, including their most recent effort, released in 1999.

Dr. Nancy Cobb Lippens, OBU professor of music and Chorale conductor, has been a member of the university's faculty since 1976 and is an OBU graduate. She received her master of music degree from Michigan State University and a doctorate in music from the University of Oklahoma.

The University Chorale is a part of the Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts, which has been recognized for its outstanding music programs. More than 175 music and non-music majors participate in ensemble programs at OBU.

The concert is free and open to the public.