University Chorale Tour Includes Performances In Five States

OBU’s University Chorale will sing in five states during a 10-day tour over the University’s spring break. The itinerary includes stops in Indiana, Kentucky, New Jersey, North Carolina and Arkansas.

Since its founding in 1963, University Chorale has been OBU’s premiere mixed ensemble. Comprised of 30 auditioned vocalists, the Chorale’s purpose remains the same as it was in its earliest days: “to present advanced choral literature to the OBU campus and community.” University Chorale is in demand for performances across the southwestern region of the nation, and maintains an active concert schedule both on and off the OBU campus in Shawnee, Oklahoma. The Chorale is part of OBU’s Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts, however the group’s membership includes non-music majors.

Over the past seven years, the Chorale has appeared at the Southwestern Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association, the Church Music Workshop at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, the Oklahoma State Youth Choir Festival, and the Oklahoma Music Educators Association In-service Workshop.

The University Chorale is directed by Dr. David De Seguirant, director of choral activities at OBU. De Seguirant also is associate professor of music. A 1986 OBU graduate, he returned to his alma mater in 2005 after serving nine years as associate professor of music and director of choral activities at the University of the Ozarks, in Clarksville, Ark. He earned a bachelor of music degree in music theory and composition, and completed master of music and choral conducting and doctor of musical arts and choral conducting degrees from the University of Oklahoma.

The tour concert program includes sacred music from the Renaissance motets of Palestrina, anthems of 20th century composers, spirituals, and settings of familiar hymn texts. The concerts are free and open to the public.

The tour itinerary includes:

<b>Sunday, March 12</b>, 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., Northside Baptist Church, main campus, 3021 East 71st Street, Indianapolis, Ind. For details, please call 317.255.6692.

<b>Sunday, March 12</b>, 6:30 p.m., Anchor Baptist Church, Man-O-War Boulevard and Winthrop Drive, Lexington, Ky. (one-quarter-mile west of U.S. 27  Nicholasville Road). For details, please call 859.296.1214.

<b>Tuesday, March 14</b>, 7 p.m., First Baptist Church of Hightstown, 125 Main Street, Hightstown, N.J. For details, please call 609.448.0103.

<b>Thursday, March 16</b>, 7:30 p.m., Hayes Barton Baptist Church, 1800 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, N.C. For details, please call 919.833.4617.

<b>Sunday, March 19</b>, 10:45 a.m., Cherry Street Baptist Church, 800 West Cherry Street, Clarksville, Ark. For details, please call 479.705.2707.