The 70-member Bisonette Glee Club, OBU’s women’s glee club, is adding two Oklahoma performances to their Spring 2016 Tour.
On March 6, the group will travel to Eufaula, Oklahoma, and perform during the 10:30 a.m. worship service at North Fork Baptist Church. The church is located on the Bridgeport Access Road in Eufaula. For more information about the church, the location and the performance, call (918) 689-7011 or visit nfbaptistchurch.com.
That evening, the Bisonettes will perform at 6 p.m. at Binger Baptist Church, located at 101 S. Apache in Binger, Oklahoma. For more information, call (405) 656-2314.
These performances round out a tour that will begin Sunday, Feb. 21, when the group performs at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church, McPherson, Kansas. At 7 p.m., the Bisonettes will sing at First Baptist Church in Hooker, Oklahoma.
On Monday, Feb. 22, the group will perform at Borger High School in Borger, Texas, at 1:15 p.m. That evening at 7 p.m., they will appear in concert at Coulter Road Baptist Church in Amarillo, Texas.
Tuesday, Feb. 23, the Bisonettes will perform at St. John Lutheran Church in Mansfield, Texas. The show will begin at 7 p.m.
The Bisonettes were founded in 1954 by Warren M. Angell, former dean of the College of Fine Arts. Membership in the group is awarded 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 range of other majors, including nursing, art, graphic design, biblical languages, psychology, biology and English.
The group performs at a variety of campus events and off-campus concerts, including an annual tour of churches and schools. The group’s repertoire represents a wide range of compositional styles in both sacred and secular musical formats and showcases choral standards, traditional numbers and contemporary compositions. The Bisonettes are directed by OBU Professor of Music Dr. James Vernon.
Jack Pearson, former director for 33 years, 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.