OBU Keyboard Quartet to Perform This Week

October 25, 2001

Music for four pianos will highlight Oklahoma Baptist University's upcoming faculty recital, Nov. 1 at 8:30 p.m. in the university's Yarborough Auditorium.

Members of the OBU piano quartet are Dr. Carol Ann Bell, associate professor of piano, Dr. Ann Gipson, associate professor of piano, Dr. Ron Lewis, professor of piano, and Sandra Meyer, associate professor of piano.

The performance will feature selections by Bach, Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Friedrich Smetana, Scott Joplin and Gavin Bryars.

The concert is free and open to the public.

A native of Mississippi, Bell has taught at OBU since 1990.

She earned an undergraduate degree from William Carey College and a master of music degree and doctor of music degree from the University of Oklahoma.

Prior to coming to OBU, she taught music in the Norman Public Schools for 12 years, maintained an independent piano studio, and taught for six years at Oklahoma City Community College. She and her husband, Digby, frequently perform as duo pianists.

Gipson teaches applied piano and class piano, and coordinates the piano pedagogy program at OBU, where she has taught since 1995. She has taught at the University of Kentucky, Delta State University, and the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.

She received a bachelor's degree from Eastern Illinois University and master's and doctorate degrees from OU.

As a graduate assistant at OU, she received the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award in1990.

Gipson is active as a clinician and adjudicator and has written articles for Clavier and Keyboard Companion. She has accompanied numerous children's choral festivals including several Sing-Around-the-State choral festivals and All-OMEA Children's Choruses.

Gipson and her husband, Richard, professor of percussion at the University of Oklahoma, live in Oklahoma City.

Lewis, coordinator of keyboard studies at OBU, has served at the university since 1970.

He earned an undergraduate degree in piano performance from Ouachita Baptist University and a master's degree in piano performance from North Texas State University. He holds a doctorate from OU.

Lewis performs on and off campus as soloist and collaborative performer and he presently serves as organist at First Baptist Church in Shawnee.

He and his wife, Jo, have two sons, Adam and Jason.

Meyer is in her twenty-seventh year of teaching music theory and applied piano at OBU.

She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and master of arts and master of fine arts degrees from the University of Iowa.

She previously taught at Dakota State University in Madison, S.D. She is a frequent performer, accompanist, retreat pianist, speaker, and adjudicator for piano auditions in Oklahoma. Recently she served as chaplain to the skilled nursing and rehabilitation units at Presbyterian Hospital in Oklahoma City.

She and her husband, James, live in Shawnee.