The Bisonettes, OBU's premier women's vocal group, will perform a tour of Dallas/Fort Worth-area churches Feb. 24-26. The group will conclude their tour with a performance in Marietta, Okla., on Feb. 27. The public is invited to attend the free concerts at the churches.
On Sunday, Feb. 24, the Bisonettes will begin their tour in Richardson, Texas. They will sing during the 9:15 a.m. worship service at First Baptist Church, located at 1001 North Central Expressway, Richardson, Texas 75080.
Also on Feb. 24, the group will sing during the 6 p.m. worship service at Acton Baptist Church, 3500 Allgreen Highway, Granbury, Texas 76049.
On Monday, Feb. 25, the Bisonettes will perform a 7 p.m. concert at First Baptist Church, 301 West Ferguson, Tyler, Texas 75702. Earlier on Monday, the group also will perform at Bethesda Christian School in Fort Worth.
On Tuesday, Feb. 26, the community is invited to attend a 7 p.m. concert at St. Andrews United Methodist Church, 5801 West Plano Parkway, Plano, Texas 75093. Earlier on Tuesday, the Bisonettes will perform at John Tyler High School in Tyler, Texas.
On Wednesday, Feb. 27, the Bisonettes will conclude their tour with a 6:30 p.m. performance at First Baptist Church, 402 West Main, Marietta, Okla. 73448.
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, Richardson, click here or call (972) 235-5296.
For more information about Acton Baptist Church, Granbury, click here or call (817) 326-4693.
For more information about First Baptist Church, Tyler, click here or call (903) 595-1021.
For more information about St. Andrews United Methodist Church, Plano, click here or call (972) 380-8001.
For more information about First Baptist Church, Marietta, click here or call (580) 276-2125.