March 25, 2011
The University Chorale from OBU will present their Spring Concert Tour April 15-17 in venues including a high school and four churches in Oklahoma and Texas. The public is invited to attend the free church performances.
The group will begin its concert tour on Friday, April 15, with a special performance at Lawton Macarthur High School in Lawton, Okla., at 10:45 a.m.
Also on April 15, the group will perform at First Baptist Church in Lawton at 7:30 p.m. The church is located at 501 SW B Avenue, Lawton, OK 73501. For more information, click here.
On Saturday, April 16, the Chorale will perform at St. John Lutheran Church in Mansfield, Texas, at 7 p.m. The church is located at 1218 E. Debbie Lane, Mansfield, TX 76063. For more information, click here.
The group will perform twice on Sunday, April 17. They will sing at The Heights church in Richardson, Texas, during the 9:15 a.m. worship service. The church is located at 201 West Renner Road, Richardson, TX 75080. For more information, click here.
To conclude their tour, the Chorale will sing April 17 during the 6 p.m. worship service at First Baptist Church in Gainesville, Texas. The church is located at 308 E Broadway, Gainesville, TX 76240. For more information, click here.
The University Chorale is directed by Dr. Brent Ballweg, who also serves as director of choral activities at OBU. He received his bachelor’s degree at OBU and his master’s degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He earned his doctorate at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Ballweg, who also serves as director of OBU’s Bison Glee Club, is active as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator for various music contests, festivals and workshops across the country.
Since its founding in 1963, the University Chorale has been OBU’s premiere mixed ensemble. Comprised of some 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.”
University Chorale is in demand for performances in the state and region and maintains an active performing schedule both on and off campus. In the past seven years the Chorale has appeared at the Southwestern Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association, The Church Music Workshop, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, the Oklahoma State Youth Choir Festival and the Oklahoma Music Educators Association In-service Workshop.
For information about the University Chorale, contact the OBU Division of Music at (405) 878-2305 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.