Bison Glee Club Concert to Offer Sacred, Secular Favorites

Featuring favored songs both sacred and secular, Oklahoma Baptist University’s legendary Bison Glee Club will present their spring concert Thursday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Yarborough Auditorium. The public is invited to attend the free performance featuring some of the leading male vocalists on Bison Hill.

The sacred songs presented by the Glee Club will include “Rise Up, O Men of God,” arranged by Kenneth Jennings, and “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,” arranged by Howard Helvey. “Psalm 103” by James Q. Mulholland will feature OBU student Jeremy Smith, a freshman from Crowley, Texas, on the horn.

Other sacred songs featured will include “Salmo 150” by Ernani Aguiar; “Praise Him!” by Michael Cox; and “What Wondrous Love Is This,” arranged by J. Harold Moyer. “Steal Away,” arranged by Howard Helvey, will feature Andre Jones, an OBU junior from Lawton, Okla., on the flute. “Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit,” arranged by Moses Hogan, will feature Curtis Headrick, a sophomore from Sayre, Okla., as soloist.

The sacred portion of the program will conclude with “He’s the One I Love,” arranged by Richard Huggins.

Secular songs included in the concert will include “Little Cindy,” arranged by Ken Berg, and “Loch Lomond,” arranged by Michael Hanawalt. “Shenandoah,” arranged by Steve Montague, will feature Andrew Barker, a sophomore from Louisburg, Kan., as soloist. “Sacramento – Sis Joe” by Jackson Berkey will feature Andrew Harper, a junior from Olympia, Wash., and Dr. Carol Ann Bell, a member of OBU’s music faculty, as pianists.

“Please Mr. Columbus,” arranged by Don Gray, and “Ode to Friendship” by Warren M. Angell will round out the program.

Founded in 1938 by Dr. Warren M. Angell, former dean of the College of Fine Arts, the Bison Glee Club is an auditioned group of outstanding male musicians at OBU. The group has long been considered one of the premiere men’s choruses in the Southwest and has toured extensively throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Europe and the Far East. Its annual season features a variety of performances including tour concerts, regular campus concerts, the Homecoming Gala, Hanging of the Green, chapel events and numerous Oklahoma-area appearances.

The Bison Glee Club is directed by Dr. Brent Ballweg, Burton H. Patterson professor of music who also serves as director of choral activities at OBU. He teaches courses in conducting, choral procedures and choral literature. 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 University Chorale, is active as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator for various music contests, festivals and workshops across the country.

For more information about the Bison Glee Club concert, contact the OBU Division of Music at (405) 878-2305.