Bell and Lewis Perform in Digby Bell Recital

The second annual Digby Bell Memorial Recital at Oklahoma Baptist University will feature Dr. Carol Ann Bell, OBU associate professor of music, and Dr. Ron Lewis, OBU professor of music, performing together on March 9, 7:30 p.m., in Raley Chapel’s Yarborough Auditorium.

Dr. Kristen Todd, OBU associate professor of music and musicologist, will assist Bell and Lewis in their first-ever duo performance. The recital has been established in memory of Carol Ann’s husband, OBU professor emeritus Digby Bell, who passed away on March 5, 2004.

The program features works by Mozart, Poulenc, Bartok and Saint-Saens. The evening will conclude with a piece composed by Michael Cox, a 1985 OBU graduate.

Carol Ann Bell has been an OBU faculty member since 1990. She previously taught music at Oklahoma City Community College, the University of Oklahoma and Norman Public Schools.

Bell earned her bachelor’s degree in music education at William Carey College, in Hattiesburg, Miss. She holds master’s and doctorate degrees in piano performance at OU.

A member of the OBU faculty since 1970, Lewis is a recent recipient of the Burton H. Patterson Professorship in Music. Most of his teaching centers on piano and piano-related courses, but he also coordinates studio accompanying and occasionally teaches a music theory course.

Lewis was a student of Digby Bell while working on his doctorate of musical arts. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Ouachita Baptist University, in Arkadelphia, Ark., and a master’s degree in music from North Texas University.

Digby Bell was a member of the University Trio for 10 years and performed numerous times with the Oklahoma City Symphony under the baton of Guy Fraser Harrison. Several of those performances were broadcast worldwide through the Armed Forces Radio and the Canadian Broadcasting Company.

Bell was active in the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association and Music Teachers National Association and held numerous offices in both organizations. He and Carol Ann were well known throughout the state as a duo piano team.