OBU University Chorale to Perform Three Concerts in KC Metro

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OBU University Chorale Announces Spring Tour Dates

The University Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Brent Ballweg, recently announced spring concert tour dates in locations throughout Missouri and Kansas. The tour will run March 28 through April 2. The group is the premiere mixed ensemble on Oklahoma Baptist University’s campus in Shawnee.

On Monday, March 31, the Chorale will perform at Lenexa Baptist Church, Lenexa, Kan., with a 7:30 p.m. concert. The church is located at 15320 W. 87th Street Parkway. For more information, call (913) 599-6447.

On Tuesday, April 1, the group will perform at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, Overland Park, Kan., with a 7:30 p.m. concert. The church is located at 11100 College Blvd. For more information, call (913) 345-1256.

On Wednesday, April 2, the Chorale will stage their final performance of the tour during the 10 a.m. chapel service at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo. The seminary is located at 5001 N Oak Trafficway. For more information, call (816) 414-3700.

The group will perform pieces from their 2013-14 repertoire during the tour, which includes songs such as “Sing Unto God,” “How Lovely Are the Messengers,” “Hosanna! Rejoice and Sing,” “How Great Thou Art,” “Shout to the Lord,” “My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord” and many others.

Since its founding in 1963, the University Chorale has been OBU’s premiere mixed ensemble. Comprised of 45 of OBU’s finest singers selected by audition, Chorale’s purpose remains the same as it was in its earliest days: “to present advanced choral literature to the OBU campus and community.” University Chorale is in demand for performances in the state and region and maintains an active performing schedule both on and off campus. The Chorale has previously appeared at the Southwestern Division Conference of the American Choral Directors Association, The Church Music Workshop, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, the Oklahoma State Youth Choir Festival and the Oklahoma Music Educators Association Conference.

The University Chorale is under the direction of Dr. Brent Ballweg, Burton H. Patterson professor of music and director of choral activities at OBU. He received a bachelor’s degree from OBU and a master’s degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He earned his doctorate at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Ballweg is an active guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator for various festivals, music contests and workshops across the country.

Additional information about The University Chorale, including audition information, concert bookings and schedule, can be obtained by visiting www.okbu.edu, by contacting the director at brent.ballweg@okbu.edu or by calling (405) 585-4316.

With campuses in Shawnee, Okla., and Oklahoma City, OBU offers 10 bachelor’s degrees with 84 fields of study and three master’s degree programs. The Christian liberal arts university has an overall enrollment of 2,097, with students from 34 states and 30 other countries. OBU has been rated as one of the top 10 regional colleges in the West by U.S. News and World Report for 22 consecutive years and has been Oklahoma’s highest rated regional college in the U.S. News rankings for 20 consecutive years. Forbes.com consistently ranks OBU as a top university in Oklahoma and the Princeton Review has named OBU one of the best colleges and universities in the western United States for nine consecutive years.

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Cutline: Chorale_2013-14.jpg The University Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Brent Ballweg, recently announced spring concert tour dates in locations throughout Missouri and Kansas. The tour will run March 28 through April 2. The group is the premiere mixed ensemble on Oklahoma Baptist University’s campus in Shawnee. OBU Photo by Bill Pope

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