March 6, 2014
OBU’s Bisonette Glee Club, under the direction of Dr. James Vernon, recently announced spring concert tour dates. The Bisonettes are the premiere women’s chorus on OBU’s campus in Shawnee.
The Bisonettes will begin their tour with a concert at First Baptist Church, Nicoma Park, Okla, on Sunday, March 9, at 10:45 a.m. The church is located at 1931 Nichols Drive. For more information, call (405) 769-5623 or visit www.fbc-np.org. That evening, the group will perform at First Baptist Church, Duncan, Okla., at 6 p.m. The church is located at 901 W. Ash. For more information, call (580) 252-5885 or visit www.firstduncan.org.
On Monday, March 10, the Bisonettes will perform at 10:45 a.m. at Lawton MacArthur High School, located at 4400 E. Gore Blvd. in Lawton, Okla. For more information, call (580) 355-5230. That afternoon, they will perform at Lookeba-Sickles High School at 2 p.m. The school is located at 10108 County Road 1150 in Lookeba, Okla. For more information, call (405) 457-6621. The group will perform at Binger Baptist Church at 7 that evening. The church is located at 110 S. Apache in Binger, Okla. For more information, call (405) 656-2314.
On Sunday, April 6, the Bisonettes will perform at Fairview Baptist Church at 11 a.m. The church is located at 48502 Highway 3E in Earlsboro, Okla. For more information, call (405) 273-8790 or visit www.fvbearlsboro.com.
The group will perform many selections including “Awake My Heart,” “Simple Gifts,” “As the Deer Pants for Water,” “Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God,” “Songbird,” and “Heaven Unfolding” as well as other pieces.
The Bisonettes will conclude their spring schedule with a concert Tuesday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be held in Raley Chapel’s Yarborough Auditorium on the OBU campus in Shawnee. The concert will feature many of the selections from the tour, in addition to the world premiere of a piece composed by the Vernon, titled “Elegy for Trains.” The work is a collaboration between Vernon and OBU professor Dr. Benjamin Myers and is based on a critically acclaimed poetry collection written by Myers.
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 audition. The group performs at a wide range of campus events and off-campus concerts, including an annual tour of churches and schools. The repertoire of the group represents a wide range of compositional styles in both sacred and secular music as well as showcasing choral standards, traditional numbers and contemporary compositions.
Visit the Bisonettes webpage for more information.