University Chorale to Present Spring Concert April 19

The University Chorale of OBU will perform its spring concert on Tuesday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel’s Yarborough Auditorium. The public is invited to attend the free performance.

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.”

The spring concert will commence with “Praise the Lord Who Reigns Above” by Nancy Hill Cobb Lippens, a 1973 OBU graduate and professor of music from 1976-2002. Following will be “Gloria in excelsis” by Wenzel Müller, with OBU senior Greg Spena as conductor and featuring Micah Reinhart, Ashlynn Streck, Jonathan Hamrick and Casey Flynt as soloists.

The concert will include “Jesus, My Lord, My Life, My All” by Bob Burroughs; “Be Thou My Vision” by Edwin T. Childs, featuring Courtney Bryant as soloist; and “According to Thy Wisdom” by Daniel E. Gawthrop. It also will include “Sing Unto God” by Paul Fetler; “Saints Bound for Heaven” as arranged by Alice Parker and Robert Shaw; and “Use Me, Lord” by Byron J. Smith, featuring Sarah Graham as soloist and Andrew Harper as pianist.

Following a brief interlude, the concert will continue with “Come to Me, My Love” by Norman Dello Joio; “Dieu! Qu’il la fait bon regarder,” from “Trois Chansons,” by Claude Debussy; and “Walking on the Green Grass” by Michael Hennagin. It also will include selections from “Liebeslieder Walzer, Opus 52” by Johannes Brahms; and “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love,” from “Liebeslieder Polkas,” by P.D.Q. Bach and Schickele, with Keith Whitmore and Brenden Laughlin as pianists.

The concert will conclude with “E’en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come,” by Paul Manz.

The 25-member 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.

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.

The 2010-11 University Chorale includes Davey Billings, a freshman religion major from Claremore, Okla.; Courtney Bryant, a junior vocal performance major from Moore, Okla.; Erica Daniell, a freshman cross-cultural ministry major from Elk City, Okla.; Casey Flynt, a senior church music major from Turpin, Okla.; Sarah Graham, a senior vocal music education major from Ponca City, Okla.; Jacqueline Graves, a senior musical arts: voice major from Marland, Okla.; Jonathan Hamrick, a senior music composition major from Cedar Crest, N.M.; Andrew Harper, a junior musical arts: voice major from Olympia, Wash.; Bethany Jackson, a freshman English major from Benbrook, Texas; Brenden Laughlin, a junior piano performance major from Albuquerque, N.M.; Jon Livingston, a junior worship arts major from Bixby, Okla.; Timothy Livingston, a freshman religion/Bible major from Claremore; and Stephanie Marchbanks, a junior vocal music education major from Overland Park, Kan.

The Chorale also includes Sara Martin, a freshman musical arts: voice major from Lawton, Okla.; Sean Muzljakovich, a junior worship arts major from Bartlesville, Okla.; Micah Reinhart, a senior musical arts: voice major from Mooreland, Okla.; Kristen Slocum, a senior worship arts major from Collinsville, Okla.; Kaitlin Slothower, a freshman musical arts: voice major from Piedmont, Okla.; Kristina Smith, a junior strategic communication major from Petaluma, Calif.; Greg Spena, a senior church music major from Weatherford, Okla.; Sarah Stephens, a sophomore vocal performance major from Tulsa, Okla.; Ashlynn Streck, a sophomore vocal music education major from Hennessey, Okla.; Sarah Thompson, a junior worship arts major from Oklahoma City; Robert Vaughn, a freshman vocal performance major from Oklahoma City; and Michelle Walkup, a sophomore worship arts major from Weatherford.

Bryant, Flynt, Graves, Livingston, Smith, Spena, Stephens and Streck serve as officers for this year’s Chorale.

For information about the University Chorale, contact the OBU Division of Music at (405) 878-2305 or e-mail