November 10, 2009
The choral ensembles at Oklahoma Baptist University will present their Fall Concert on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium. The public is invited to attend the free performance.
Cantare Cappella, under the direction of Dr. Lee Hinson, will perform arrangements of some well-known Gospel melodies and premiere two sacred choral works by composer Susan Haines. Cantare Cappella is a mixed choral ensemble open to all students, staff and faculty without audition. Hinson serves as OBU associate professor of church music and coordinator of the Church Music Department.
The remainder of the concert follows the theme, "A Little Night Music." OBU's Bisonette Glee Club, Bison Glee Club and University Chorale will perform pieces by composers such as Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, Franz Schubert, Eric Whitacre and Randall Thompson. The performance will include familiar barbershop quartet samplings.
The concert marks the debut of Dr. Christy Talbott, assistant professor of theory, as the director of the Bisonettes. The Bisonette Glee Club was organized in 1954 by Warren M. Angell, former dean of the College of Fine Arts. The glee club performs at many campus events, including chapel services, Homecoming and Hanging of the Green. The group visits many Oklahoma churches and takes a multi-state concert tour each year.
In his fifth year as director of choral activities, Dr. David DeSeguirant conducts the Bison Glee Club and University Chorale. DeSeguirant serves as associate professor of music at OBU.
Founded in 1938 by Angell, the Bison Glee Club is an auditioned group of the finest male musicians on campus. The group has long been considered one of the premiere men's choruses in the Southwest and has toured extensively throughout the United Stated as well as in Canada, Europe and the Far East.
Since its founding in 1963, the University Chorale has been OBU's premiere mixed ensemble. Comprised of 30 of OBU's finest singers selected by audition, Chorale's purpose remains the same as it was in its earliest days: "to present advanced choral literature to the OBU campus and community."