OBU’s premiere mixed chorus, the University Chorale, will embark on its annual spring tour April 2-6. The group, under direction of Burton H. Patterson Professor of Music Dr. Brent Ballweg, will perform concerts at various venues in Oklahoma and Arkansas.
The Chorale’s tour kicks off April 2 with a 6:30 p.m. concert at First Baptist Church of Muskogee. FBC Muskogee is located at 111 S. 7th Street in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
April 3 will see the University Chorale performing for the 8:15 and 10:45 morning worship services at First Baptist Church of Tahlequah. FBC Tahlequah is located at 201 Commerical Road in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Following the worship performances, the choir will make a trip to Arkansas where they will perform a 5:30 p.m. concert at First Baptist Church of Siloam Springs. FBC Siloam Springs is located at 2000 Dawn Hill Road, Siloam Springs, Arkansas.
Monday, April 4, the group will perform at 7 p.m. at First Christian Church of Rogers. FCC Rogers is located at 905 S. 13th Street in Rogers, Arkansas.
On April 5, the University Chorale will return to Oklahoma to perform a 7 p.m. combined concert at Bixby High School with the high school’s choirs. Bixby High School is located at 601 S. Riverview Drive in Bixby, Oklahoma.
The group will cap off their tour on April 6 with a 6 p.m. concert at First Baptist Church of Bartlesville. FBC Bartlesville is located at 405 S. Cherokee Avenue in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
Since its founding in 1963, the University Chorale at Oklahoma Baptist University has been its premiere mixed ensemble. Comprised of some of OBU’s finest singers selected by audition, 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.” As exhibited in the spring concert tour, University Chorale maintains an active performing schedule throughout the state, region and on campus.
Dr. Brent Ballweg is the Burton H. Patterson Professor of Music and serves as Director of Choral Activities in the Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts at OBU where he conducts the University Chorale, Oratorio Chorus and teaches courses in conducting and music history.
Dr. Mary Chung accompanies the University Chorale. She began playing piano in South Korea, continuing with her studies and graduating from the National Conservatory of Music in the Dominican Republic. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from North Greenville University and an MM and DMA in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Southern Mississippi.