March 22, 2013
OBU's Bisonettes, a premier women’s glee club, will perform a concert at First Baptist Church in Pawhuska, Okla., on Sunday, April 7, at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend the free event.
First Baptist Church is located at 302 E. 6th St., Pawhuska, OK 74056.
The Bisonettes, OBU’s Women’s Glee Club, was founded in 1954 by Warren M. Angell, former dean of the College of Fine Arts. Membership in the group is by annual audition; this year’s membership includes students from Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Arizona, Kansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Iowa, and Illinois. While music majors comprise a majority of the singers, the group is represented by a wide group of non-music majors, including nursing, graphic design, biblical languages, psychology, biology, and English.
The Bisonettes are under the direction of Dr. James Vernon. He has composed works for instrumental, choral and vocal idioms, as well as music for stage play productions. His compositions have been performed throughout the United States and parts of Europe. He is a member of the Society of Composers and the College Music Society. He also serves as an accreditation visitor for the National Association of Schools of Music.
Vernon earned degrees from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, where he completed the doctor of musical arts degree in 1990. He has completed additional study at the University of North Texas.
For more information about First Baptist Church, Pawhuska, call (918) 287-3703 or visit the church's website.