Digby Bell Memorial Recital to Benefit Wilks Family

Oklahoma Baptist University music faculty will present the sixth-annual Digby Bell Memorial Recital on Thursday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Yarborough Auditorium, located inside OBU's Raley Chapel. The public is invited to attend the duo-pianist performance which will benefit Drs. Tom and Jackie Wilks, former OBU faculty members who have received medical treatment in South Korea. Donations will be accepted.

The performers for this year's recital are Dr. Carol Ann Bell, OBU associate professor of piano, and Sandra Meyer, OBU associate professor of music. The program will include selections by Bach, Bolcom, Bauer, Piazolla, Schumann, Debussy and De Rose.

Sandra Meyer (left) and Dr. Carol Ann Bell will present a duo-pianist performance to benefit Drs. Tom and Jackie Wilks for the sixth-annual Digby Bell Memorial Recital.

Bell earned a bachelor's degree in music from William Carey College. She earned her master's degree and doctorate in music from the University of Oklahoma. Meyer earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She earned two master's degrees from the University of Iowa.

Dr. Digby Bell is the late husband of Carol Ann Bell. Trained in music as a child, Digby Bell discovered his love for piano performance around age 9. His passion for the piano led him to study at schools such as the Julliard School in New York. Bell received both his bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Michigan. Soon after graduating from Michigan, he began teaching at the University of Oklahoma. While there, he earned his doctorate from the University of North Texas.

Bell taught and performed at OU for more than 40 years during his time in Oklahoma. For 25 of those years, he served as the chairman of the OU keyboard department. He was named professor emeritus upon his retirement in 1990. Bell performed many times with the Oklahoma City Symphony and, as a result, had several of his performances broadcast worldwide through the Armed Forces Radio and the Canadian Broadcast Company.

Digby and Carol Ann Bell were well known in Oklahoma as a duo pianist team. Digby Bell passed away on March 5, 2004.

Dr. Tom Wilks joined the OBU administration in 1980. After 27 years of service at OBU, he retired in 2007 from his post as Huitt professor of applied ministry. Dr. Jackie Wilks was appointed director of OBU's Baptist Collegiate Ministry in 2002. She previously served at North Rock Creek School, north of Shawnee, as a counselor and Spanish teacher for more than 10 years.