The 70-member Bisonette Glee Club, the Women’s Glee Club from OBU, will be performing at five locations on a short tour through Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas in late February. The group is under the direction of Dr. Jim Vernon, professor of music.
On Sunday morning, Feb. 21, the group will perform at 11 a.m. during the morning worship service at First Baptist Church, McPherson, Kansas. The church is located at 600 E. Marlin. For more information about this church and this performance, visit www.fbcmcpherson.com.
At 7 p.m. that evening, the Bisonettes will sing at First Baptist Church in Hooker, Oklahoma. The church is located at 609 W. Panhandle Street. More information about this performance location may be found at www.fbchookerok.org.
On Monday afternoon, Feb. 22, the group will perform at Borger High School, located at 600 West First in Borger, Texas. They will be performing for students beginning at 1:15 p.m.
At 7 p.m. on Monday evening, the Bisonettes will perform at Coulter Road Baptist Church in Amarillo, Texas. The church is located at 4108 Coulter Road. More information may be found at the church’s website, www.coulterbc.com.
At 7 p.m. on Tuesday evening, Feb. 23, the group will perform at St. John Lutheran Church in Mansfield, Texas. The church is located at 1218 E Debbie Lane. Information about St. John Lutheran Church may be found at stjohnmansfield.org.
The Bisonettes were 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, Nevada, Arkansas, Alaska, Missouri, Colorado, West Virginia, Haiti and Spain. 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 an annual tour of churches and schools. The Bisonettes’ repertoire represents a wide range of compositional styles in both sacred and secular musical formats, and showcases choral standards, traditional numbers and contemporary compositions.
Jack Pearson, former director for 33 years, authored 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.