Oklahoma Baptist University

Bisonettes to Tour Midwest with Spring Concert

OBU's Bisonette Women's Glee Club will sing in four states -- Iowa, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma -- during their spring concert tour April 1-6. The public is invited to attend the free performances conducted in churches across the Midwest.

The Bisonettes’ tour will begin Sunday, April 3, with performances in two churches. They will sing at First Baptist Church, Kirksville, Mo., during the 10:45 a.m. service. The church is located at 207 E. Washington Street, Kirksville, MO 63051. For more information about the church, click here.

Also on Sunday, April 3, the Bisonettes will perform at Mulford Evangelical Free Church in Muscatine, Iowa, during the 6 p.m. worship service. The church is located at 2400 Hershey Ave., Muscatine, IA 52761. For more information, click here.

The tour will take the Bisonettes to the Show Me State on Monday, April 4. They will sing at 7 p.m. at Northern Hills Baptist Church in Holt, Mo. The church is located at 17211 NE 180th St., Holt, MO 64048. For more information about the church, click here.

On Tuesday, April 5, the group will perform at 9 a.m. at Blue Valley NW High School in Overland Park, Kan.

Also on Tuesday, April 5, the Bisonettes will sing at 7 p.m. at Leawood Baptist Church, 8200 State Line Road, Leawood, KS 66206. For more information about Leawood, click here.

The Bisonettes' spring tour will conclude on Wednesday, April 6, with a 6:30 p.m. performance at Forest Ridge Baptist Church in Broken Arrow, Okla. The church is located at 8300 South Oneta, Broken Arrow, OK 74014. For more information, click here.

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 the Bisonettes Women's Glee Club, contact the OBU Division of Music at (405) 878-2305 or click here.

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