Ouachita Baptist University will present the Women’s Chorus and Concert Choir in concert Thursday, Sept. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Mabee Fine Art Center’s McBeth Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.
Women’s Chorus includes 40 members who auditioned for the group. The choir will perform Jim Leininger’s “Deo Gracias,” “Winds of Peace” by Nancy Grundahl, “Old Joe Clark” by Mary Goetze, “Set Me as a Seal” by Richard Nance, Neil Ginsberg’s “Spinning Song,” Lloyd Pfautsch’s “Hello Girls” and “Prayer for the Gifts” by Kinley Lange.
Dr. Becky Morrison, assistant professor of music, is directing Women’s Chorus for the first time. “My favorite part of directing Women’s Chorus is getting to work with great musicians to create beautiful music and getting to know the girls and their stories,” she said.
Jordan Miller, a senior musical theatre major from Rockwall, Texas, has been a member of Women’s Chorus for three years and said, “Women’s Chorus gave me the opportunity to experience choir like I hadn’t before. The small setting creates an environment that caters to learning and the chance to have relationships with other choir members. Women’s Chorus has helped me to grow as a vocalist and I will be sad to leave when I graduate.”
Dr. Gary Gerber, professor of music and director of choral activities, will direct the 125-member Concert Choir for the 10th year. The choir is open to all students on campus, providing everyone an opportunity to participate in choir. “We have students who have never been in a choir before, students who don’t read music, and then we have students who have been in choir for 10 years and voice lessons for six to eight years,” said Gerber.
Concert Choir will perform “Hallelujah, Amen” by George Frederic Handel from his oratorio “Judas Maccabaeus”; “Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal,” a traditional hymn arranged by Alice Parker; “Cry Out and Shout” by Knut Nystedt, a contemporary Norwegian composer; and Christopher Tin’s “Baba Yetu,” a Swahili adaptation of “The Lord’s Prayer” and also the theme song to the video game Civilization IV. Next, they will perform “Make Our Garden Grow,” the closing song in Leonard Bernstein’s operetta “Candide,” and the choir will close with Keith Hampton’s “True Light,” a spiritual based on “This Little Light of Mine.”
MaryLacey Thomson, a senior musical theatre major from Plano, Texas, has been a member of Concert Choir for three years and said she participates because of the diversity it offers. “Being a member of this ensemble not only gives us incredible choral direction and coaching but also gives us the opportunity to experience music with such a wide group of students and not just theatre or music majors.”
For more information, contact OBU’s School of Fine Arts at (870) 245-5129.
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Ouachita Baptist University’s Student Senate will host Parents’ Weekend this upcoming Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28-29. All Ouachita parents are invited to attend.
“We want parents to know that by sending their children to Ouachita they become a part of the Ouachita family as well, whether they are alumni or not,” said OBU Student Senate President Lindsey Fowler, a senior political science, business administration/finance and history major from Arkadelphia, Ark.
The weekend events will begin Saturday at 2 p.m., outside of Ouachita’s A.U. Williams Field. Parents are invited to tailgate and get acquainted with the Ouachita community. The freshman class will have their own tailgate for the first time this year, providing parents of new students an opportunity to meet their children’s friends, roommates and families.
After tailgating, parents and their students are encouraged to attend the football game against Southeastern Oklahoma State University, the Tigers’ first home game of the season. Kick-off is at 6 p.m., and admission is $3.
Parents’ Weekend will wrap up Sunday afternoon as Ouachita President Rex Horne and his wife, Becky, host an ice cream social in the Ouachita Commons Alumni Room. Fowler said the social will be a time for parents to get to know some of the faculty and staff members who are working with their students while they are at their second home.
This will be the first Parents’ Weekend hosted by Ouachita in several years. “Parents’ Weekends are a common occurrence at other schools on game days but something that Ouachita was lacking; we decided to give it a try this year,” Fowler said.
For those traveling from out of town, two hotels in the Arkadelphia area, Holiday Inn Express and Hampton Inn & Suites, will offer a discount for anyone attending Parents’ Weekend at Ouachita.
For more information, contact Lindsey Fowler at firstname.lastname@example.org.