October 27, 2010
The Bisonettes, OBU's Women’s Glee Club, will begin their 2010-11 concert season at Trinity Baptist Church in Wellston, Okla., on Sunday, Nov. 21, during the evening worship service at 5 p.m. The community is invited to attend.
The Bisonettes consist of 36 of the finest vocal musicians on the OBU campus. The group was organized in 1954 by Warren M. Angell, then dean of the College of Fine Arts. Members are selected by audition and represent a number of academic areas of the University. Membership also reflects a diversity of geography, including members from Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Illinois. The group performs at many churches, schools, and campus events, as well as staging tours throughout the country.
The 2010-11 Bisonettes include Sarah Barnes, a freshman Spanish education major from Gentry, Ark.; Brittni Bilyeu, a freshman music education major from Blanchard, Okla.; Courtney Bryant, a junior vocal performance major from Moore, Okla.; Karli Butler, a freshman English major from Sapulpa, Okla.; Katy Cariker, a freshman music education major from Spring, Texas; Lauren Christian, a sophomore worship arts major from Cypress, Texas; Lauren Cooper, a freshman piano performance major from Chandler, Okla.; Haylee Dowler, a freshman music education major from Bixby, Okla.; Hannah Epp, a freshman biochemistry major from Sayre, Okla.; Mandi Fox, a sophomore biology major from Rowlett, Texas; and Kat Hunter, a junior voice major from Owasso, Okla.
The Bisonettes also include Kaitlyn Jennings, a sophomore music education major from Duncan, Okla.; Justine Kirby, a sophomore interdisciplinary major from McLoud, Okla.; Joy Knight, a freshman piano/English major from North Richland Hills, Texas; Taylor Kraft, a junior religion major from Anthem, Ariz.; Corrie Logan, a freshman psychology major from Collinsville, Okla.; Jessa Manner, a freshman cross-cultural ministry major from Topeka, Kan.; Stephanie Marchbanks, a junior music education major from Overland Park, Kan.; Kate McVey, a junior international business major from Golden, Colo.; Abigail Oxford, a junior elementary education major from Arvada, Colo.; Lauren Palmer, a junior worship arts major from Oklahoma City; and Lyndsy Perkins, a freshman music composition major from Mazeppa, Minn.
Also in the group are Sara Quesenbury, a sophomore biblical languages major from Guymon, Okla.; Samantha Rose, a junior elementary education major from Norman, Okla.; Meg Sandridge, a sophomore music education major from Kearney, Mo.; Mallory Simpson, a junior graphic design major from Ankeny, Iowa; Tamara Snow, a freshman music education major from McAlester, Okla.; Kelsey Sorensen, a sophomore nursing major from Gunnison, Colo.; Megan Stingley, a junior elementary education major from Wellston; Joylynn Strobel, a sophomore worship arts major from Brownstown, Ill.; Taylor Thompson, a freshman piano performance major from Shawnee; Elyse Walker, an early childhood education major from Oklahoma City; Dana Ward, a sophomore music education major from Muscatine, Iowa; Heather Watts, a freshman business major from Shawnee; Breanna White, a freshman vocal performance major from Broken Arrow, Okla.; and Elizabeth Youngblood , a sophomore music education major from Midwest City.
The group is conducted by Dr. James Vernon, professor of music. Vernon has served OBU since 1990 as an instructor in choral music, music theory and music composition. He earned degrees from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and he has done additional study at the University of North Texas. Twice honored by the University with the Distinguished Service Award, Vernon has been the recipient of the Promising Teaching Award (1994), the Distinguished Teaching Award (2003) and the Meritorious Service Award (2009). He has served churches in Virginia, Texas and Oklahoma as music director. Vernon also served the OBU Division of Music as Chairman from 2000-09.
For more information about this presentation, contact the OBU Division of Music at (405) 878-2305, visit the website by clicking here, or contact Trinity Baptist Church at (405) 356-4220.