October 29, 2010
OBU's 2010 Homecoming Celebration, “Proudly Stand on Bison Hill: The First 100 Years,” will include an eclectic musical lineup offering something for everyone. The community is invited to attend the free events which will feature students and alumni from OBU’s Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts in instrumental and vocal performances.
An Instrumental Alumni Concert is slated for Thursday, Nov. 11, at 8 p.m. in Raley Chapel’s Yarborough Auditorium. Returning to Bison Hill for the performance are Jennifer Peck on flute, Dusty Higgins on trombone, Katie Robertson on oboe, Paula Paschall Compton on harp and Dr. Stephen Goforth on trumpet. The audience is invited to a reception in the Helen Thames Raley Drawing Room following the recital.
Peck is a 2003 OBU graduate, and she earned a master’s degree in flute performance from the Boston Conservatory. Higgins, a 2002 OBU alum, earned a master’s degree in music performance and literature in trombone from the Eastman School of Music. Robertson graduated with the scholastic predicate summa cum laude from OBU in 2006, and she earned a master’s degree in music education: Kodaly emphasis from the University of Oklahoma. Compton is a 1988 OBU graduate with an emphasis in harp performance. Goforth, a 1982 alum, earned a master’s degree in trumpet performance at Florida State University and a doctorate from the University of Oklahoma.
The music of OBU composers, performances by current groups and music from a reunion choir will be featured in a concert titled “Celebrating OBU Composers” on Friday, Nov. 12, at 8:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium. The program will be led by masters of ceremonies Dr. James Brown, a 1954 OBU alum who served on the faculty from 1964-97, and Rhetta Hudson, who served on the faculty from 1972-2009. The event will include the Centennial Anthem, “Grow in Grace,” written by Donna Butler Douglass, a 1982 OBU graduate.
The concert will include works by Dr. Michael Cox, a 1970 OBU alum who served on the faculty from 1972-90; Dr. Claude L. Bass, a 1957 alum who served on the faculty from 1965-77; Jack Pearson, a 1959 alum who served on the faculty from 1967-2005; Dr. A.L. “Pete” Butler, a 1955 alum; and Dr. Nancy Cobb Lippens, a 1973 alum who served on the faculty from 1976-2002. It also will include works by Dr. Warren M. Angell, emeritus dean who served from 1936-73; Dr. Rose Marie Cooper, a 1959 alum; and Richard Huggins, a 1969 alum.
Featured groups include the Bison Glee Club, directed by Dr. Brent Ballweg, Class of ’78, Patterson professor of music and director of choral activities; the Bisonette Glee Club, directed by Dr. James Vernon, professor of music; Alumni Ringers, directed by Mary Kay Parrish, a 1962 alum who served on the faculty from 1964-2002; University Chorale, directed by Ballweg; and a combined ensemble.
Instrumental groups will take the stage as the OBU Symphonic Band and Bison Jazz Orchestra perform, as well as a reunion band of alumni and current students, on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 8:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium. Conductors will be Dr. Ron Howell, who served at the university from 1972-88, and Dr. Jim Hansford, who served from 1990-2010. The OBU Symphonic Band will present a “preview concert” under the direction of Dr. Lauren Denney Wright, assistant professor of music and director of bands. The Bison Jazz Orchestra will play under the direction of Dr. Kevin Pruiett, associate professor of music and coordinator of instrumental music.
All alumni are invited to a Music Banquet on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 6 p.m. in the Geiger Center to celebrate OBU’s tradition of musical excellence. The deadline for ticket orders is Friday, Nov. 5, and registration forms can be found online by clicking here.
For a complete list of Homecoming activities, click here.