Opinion: facing COVID-19’s impact on the arts

Kendra Johnson “What are your post-graduation plans?” This dreaded question can easily unnerve even the most self-assured college seniors. For arts majors approaching graduation in the middle of a pandemic, the question is outright terrifying. COVID-19’s impact on the American arts sector has been painful for arts students to witness. According to a Brookings’ Metropolitan … Continue reading Opinion: facing COVID-19’s impact on the arts

Standard for Christian movies needs improvement

By Kendra Johnson, Arts Editor Often, after seeing a Christian film, there’s one comment that reoccurs in post-movie discussions: “That was a great movie,” someone says, “... for a Christian movie.” That last little phrase irks me. Not necessarily because it’s inaccurate – (it’s often very accurate, and sometimes I’m the one saying it) – … Continue reading Standard for Christian movies needs improvement

Orchestra celebrates Hansford’s final concert before retiring

By Kendra Johnson, Arts Editor The OBU Division of Music will soon bid farewell to one of its longest-serving individuals. Dr. Jim Hansford has already been retired from his role as of Burton H. Patterson Professor of Music for quite some time. However, this spring the OBU/Shawnee Community Orchestra’s spring concert marked Hansford's retirement from … Continue reading Orchestra celebrates Hansford’s final concert before retiring

D’Emilio to complete debut year as full-time faculty

By Kendra Johnson, Arts Editor Newly hired as a full-time assistant professor of music at Oklahoma Baptist University, Kelsey D’Emilio has set up her office to be nearly as soothingly cheerful as she is. Visitors and students stepping into the office are greeted by the sight of soft pastel paintings, a large pastel floral painting … Continue reading D’Emilio to complete debut year as full-time faculty

OBU hosts spring University Chorale concert, bids Ballweg farewell

By Kendra Johnson, Arts Editor OBU Burton H. Patterson professor of music and director of choral activities Dr. D. Brent Ballweg directed his final University Chorale concert Apr. 16. Ballweg will retire from higher education this summer, to take up a position as associate director and conference liaison for the American Choral Directors Association in … Continue reading OBU hosts spring University Chorale concert, bids Ballweg farewell

Bison Hill Jazz Festival to feature Grammy-nominated trombonist Steve Wiest

By Kendra Johnson, Arts Editor Trombonists Steve Wiest’s life has taken him on a journey from school band music, to multiple Grammy-nominee. This April he will have the opportunity to share what his experience has taught him with as the guest artist for OBU’s Bison Hill Jazz Festival. Thursday, April 4, The Festival provides educational … Continue reading Bison Hill Jazz Festival to feature Grammy-nominated trombonist Steve Wiest

Bisonette Glee Club to tour Oklahoma, Texas

By Kendra Johnson, Arts Editor OBU’s Bisonette Glee Club will head out on tour for the first time in three years Thurs. March 7.  “The Bisonettes take their music on the road to share it with a wider audience by singing at out-of-state churches and schools,” senior English major and president of Bisonette Glee Club Melody Pierce said.  “We haven't been … Continue reading Bisonette Glee Club to tour Oklahoma, Texas