The Bisonette Glee Club is planning an exciting 2023-24 academic year. Plans are in the works for performances in the Shawnee area, the wider Oklahoma region at both churches and schools during the fall and spring semesters. The group will be singing at the annual Homecoming Musical Gala, the Fall Choral Concert, and the Hanging of the Green performance in early December. A spring 2024 concert on the OBU campus will round out the performances for the academic year.
Jason Henson, an OBU alumnus, is serving as the director of the Bisonette Glee Club. He serves as Minister of Music and Pastoral Care at Immanuel Baptist Church in Shawnee, OK.
The Bisonettes were founded in 1954 by Warren M. Angell, former dean of the College of Fine Arts. Membership. This ensemble is open to all students of OBU. While music majors comprise a large number of the singers, the group is represented by a wide group of non-music majors, including nursing, art, graphic design, biblical languages, psychology, biology, and English.
The group performs at a wide range of campus events and off-campus concerts, including churches and schools all over Oklahoma and neighboring states. The repertoire of the group represents a wide range of compositional styles in both sacred and secular musical formats as well as showcasing choral standards, traditional numbers and contemporary compositions.
Jack Pearson, former director, has written a book titled O Sing Unto The Lord: A History of the Bisonettes—the Other Glee Club detailing the history of women's glee clubs since 1919 with a year by year history of the Bisonettes since 1954.
Additional information about The Bisonettes, including audition information, concert bookings, and schedule, can be obtained by contacting the Chair of the Division of Music, Dr. Patty K. Nelson at email@example.com or by calling the Division of Music at 405.585.4300.