Thrive RSS Feed http://www.oc.edu/news RSS Feed Oklahoma Christian honors outstanding faculty, staff http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oklahoma-christian-honors-outstanding-faculty-staff/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – At its spring commencement ceremony, Oklahoma Christian University (OC) presented four faculty members with awards for their outstanding accomplishments, service and leadership.

Heath Jones and Jeff Simmons received OC’s Faculty Leadership Award; Jeff Price received the Gaylord Chair of Distinguished Teaching Award; and Richard Wright received the Jack and Barbara Rowe Distinguished Scholar Award.

Jones is a professor of music at Oklahoma Christian, where he directs the OC Jazz Ensemble. He has served as president of the Oklahoma Jazz Educators Association and was named the 2008 University Jazz Educator of the Year. A professional saxophonist, he has performed with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Lesley Gore, Frankie Avalon, Jim Nabors, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Wayne Newton, and many more. His upcoming album features jazz notables Tony Monaco, Grant Goldstein and Willie Peterson.

Price leads OC’s Gaming and Animation program, which The Princeton Review and PC Gamer ranked 14th in the nation this year. OC is the state’s only university, and one of just two in the southwestern United States, to be honored on the undergraduate list. As principal of Price Media Group, he has won numerous industry awards in video, animation, interactive, and print design. His students have gone on to work at industry giants such as Dreamworks, Sony Imageworks, Midway Games, and Big Idea.

Simmons chairs the Department of Management and Marketing in OC’s School of Business Administration. He has led the university’s ethics team to two consecutive state championships, advancing to the regional and national competition for two years running. He teaches OC’s international business and global marketing courses; his expertise includes a stint with the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Wright is an associate professor of New Testament in OC’s College of Biblical Studies. His scholarship explores the intersection of the New Testament and the early church with Greco-Roman philosophies and religions. His recent research has explored philosophies about music’s role in moral formation and in Greco-Roman society. His upcoming book is tentatively titled, “Citizenship in Heaven: Paul’s Advice to a Status-Conscious Church.”

Oklahoma Christian also presented awards to outstanding staff and faculty at its annual Spring Dinner. The university named Judy Davis as the Staff Employee of the Year. Davis has served as OC’s director of residence life since 2000. She has worked at Oklahoma Christian for almost 30 years, previously serving as a hall director, housing director, and director of campus life.

The Second Mile Award, sponsored by Citizens Bank of Edmond, was presented to missionary-in-residence Kent Hartman and associate professor of biology Eric Phelps. Hartman teaches Bible classes and a popular class on personal and family finances at OC. Phelps recently received a $60,000 OCAST grant to develop new training resources for undergraduate educational programs.

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Tue, 06 May 2014 12:00:00 CDT 5fec644e-ca13-48e0-a380-acdde5ff2a9e
OC awards degrees at Spring Commencement http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-awards-degrees-at-spring-commencement/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will present 198 undergraduate degrees and 39 graduate degrees at its spring commencement ceremonies on April 25-26.

The undergraduate ceremony starts at 10 a.m. Friday in OC’s Payne Athletic Center. The graduate ceremony starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium.

The undergraduate degree candidates, including 21 graduates from OC’s Honors Program, come from 28 states and 11 countries. They majored in a combined 38 academic disciplines at Oklahoma Christian. 

The master’s degree candidates come from six states and seven countries, and represent 13 graduate areas of study.

Mark Brewer, senior vice president and chief information officer for Seagate Technology, LLC, will deliver the undergraduate commencement address on Friday. William “Chip” Kooi, a professor of theology at Oklahoma Christian, will keynote Saturday’s graduate ceremony.

Brewer leads all of Seagate Technology’s information technology operations worldwide and is a member of the company’s Executive Council. 

His area consists of 1,600 IT professionals located in 20 different countries. His responsibilities include all business systems, factory information systems, electronic security, business continuity and collaboration services, as well as other traditional IT support services for Seagate’s 50,000 employees.

Brewer holds a doctorate in electrical engineering from Oklahoma State University. He serves as vice chairman of OC’s Board of Trustees and also is on the boards of the Oklahoma Regional Food Bank and the Missions Resource Network. He is a member of the Strategic Advisory Council for OSU’s College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology.

Kooi graduated from Oklahoma Christian in 1981, then earned his master’s degree in New Testament from Abilene Christian University in 1990, and his doctorate in religion from Baylor University in 1999.

Kooi worked in education, pulpit ministry and inner-city ministry before returning to teach at Oklahoma Christian in 2001. An accomplished theological scholar, he has written for The Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell MovementLeaven, and The Christian Chronicle.

Oklahoma Christian, recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity and theological studies.

The last nine years have featured the nine largest enrollments in OC history, including a record 2,424 students this year.

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Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:00:00 CDT 51c455fc-77cb-4437-9b4b-10860b728de5
OC presents band and orchestra concerts http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-presents-band-and-orchestra-concerts/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Oklahoma Christian University (OC) Department of Music will present its final instrumental concerts of the school year next week.

The Chamber Orchestra will perform its annual Spring Concert on Sunday, April 13 at 2:30 p.m., with a concert featuring OC’s Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble slated for Thursday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Both concerts will be held in the Adams Recital Hall in the Garvey Center on the OC campus. Admission to both concerts is free.

The Chamber Orchestra will perform “Let it Go” from Frozen, Mozart’s “Piano Concerto in A Major,” an excerpt from Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg” and Faure’s “Sicilienne.”

Professor of Music and Music Department Chair Kathy Thompson directs the Chamber Orchestra. Thompson also is a member of the Oklahoma City Community Orchestra.

The Jazz Ensemble and Symphonic Band will play a wide variety of songs, including “Down by the Riverside,” “5-2 and Eyes of Blue” from Dixieland, “Two Seconds of Midnight,” “Blues Machine,” “Latin Injections” and “Sway.”

The Jazz Ensemble, directed by Professor Heath Jones, was named the “Outstanding Band” of the April 2005 Redbud Jazz Festival at Northern Oklahoma College. Jones has been a member of OC’s faculty since 2000 and is a professional performer in the Oklahoma City area.

Professor John Fletcher directs the Symphonic Band, which performs on campus and at local venues in addition to an annual tour. Fletcher also is a member of the Oklahoma City Community Orchestra and has been on the OC faculty since 1987.

A campus map is available at www.oc.edu/map. For more information, call John Fletcher at (405) 425-5530.

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OC presents Opera Scenes program http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-presents-opera-scenes-program/ The Oklahoma Christian University (OC) Department of Music will present its 2014 Opera Scenes performance April 4-5.

The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m. each night in OC’s Adams Recital Hall.

The scenes feature a variety of composers and musical styles, including familiar music like the famous “Flower Duet” from Lakmé and popular songs from commercials and movies. Featured composers include Cimarosa, Menotti, Mozart and Rossini.

“The Opera Scenes program makes opera accessible for all types of people. Many people feel intimidated or uninterested in opera because they’ve never seen a good one, much less one they understood,” said director Rebekah Parker, a 2010 OC graduate. “All of the scenes are under 10 minutes long so the listener gets to hear just an excerpt of a fuller story. The show is short and sweet, but could open people up to a world of music they didn’t know they loved.”

The cast includes OC students Kirby Allen, Emily Dick, Hannah Duvall, Kandyce Everett, Jolie Gasper, Kendall Haliburton, Alyssa Jackson, Recce Kingcade, Ariel Leu, Micah Ndiba, Andrea Ochoa, Megan Reed, Tom Smith, Sean Steele, Lauren Wheeler, Brian Wilcox and Andrew Zapata. Parker’s assistant director is 2010 OC grad Carly Conklin.

For more information about OC’s award-winning Department of Music, go to www.oc.edu/music.

Oklahoma Christian, recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity and theological studies.

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Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:45:00 CDT 659a9dba-dbb5-456f-acb2-0affb5703c68
OC student gets to bottom of 500-year-old mystery http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-student-gets-to-bottom-of-500-year-old-mystery/
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  • OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) student Amelia Hamrick appears to have unlocked a 500-year-old musical mystery. 

    The 20-year-old junior from Bedford, Texas, identified and transcribed a song based on an overlooked section of the famous painting, “The Garden of Earthly Delights.” European artist Hieronymous Bosch created the painting around the year 1500.
     
    Hamrick, a student in OC’s Honors Program, is attending Oklahoma Christian on a music scholarship and plays the baritone, bass trombone and tuba. She is believed to be the first person to transcribe and play the song. 

    Hamrick learned about the painting in her OC Honors course, Western Thought and Expression.
     
    “Another OC student and I were looking at the painting one night,” Hamrick said. “We noticed, much to our amusement, music written on the posterior of one of the characters, in an area that’s easy to overlook. I decided to transcribe it into modern notation, assuming the second line of the staff is C, as is common for chants from that time period.”
     
    After recording the song, Hamrick posted the audio file on her personal blog, where it began to gain a lot of attention online and around the globe.
     
    “I still can’t believe this took off like it did,” Hamrick said. “I just threw it together in 30 minutes at one in the morning.”
     
    Hamrick is recording a second version of the song with assistance from Oklahoma Christian music professor John Fletcher, who is quite proud of Hamrick.
     
    “It does not surprise me at all that she would jump in and do this,” Fletcher said. “She was simply interested in the joy of discovering something new.”
     
    According to Hamrick, the Music History course taught by Professor Emeritus Harold Fletcher helped her compose the song.
     
    “We read about Gregorian notation and notation for other types of music during that period,” Hamrick said. “We were tested over a lot of recordings, so I had to listen to quite a bit of music that is very different from how music sounds today.”
     
    Music has always played a big part in Hamrick’s life, despite her reverse-slope hearing loss. Her parents both earned music degrees from Oklahoma Christian. Her father has a doctorate in musicology and both are librarians. 

    Hamrick is following in their footsteps; she is double-majoring in music and information sciences, and hopes to become a librarian herself. Her parents are continuing to help as she makes a new recording of the song.
     
    “I am pretty lucky that my dad’s specialty was music from the 1500s and 1600s,” Hamrick said.
     
    Hamrick hopes to expand the project for additional academic and entertainment purposes. She would love to have the Oklahoma Christian Chorale and Band record the song. In addition, there are other unrecorded songs in Bosch’s paintings, though they’re located in less amusing places.
     
    “I hope to transcribe those songs as well,” Hamrick said. “Plus, as an Honors student, I think this experience might make a great capstone catalyst project for research and creative activity.”
     
    Recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, Oklahoma Christian offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

    OC’s 200-acre campus is located in northeast Oklahoma City and borders the city of Edmond. The last nine years have featured the nine largest enrollments in OC history, including a record 2,424 students this year.
     
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    Sat, 01 Mar 2014 15:00:00 CST 7c71cb94-6055-4c3f-a80d-e92e3c0af528
    Oklahoma Christian presents Valentine Cabaret http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oklahoma-christian-presents-valentine-cabaret/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Oklahoma Christian University (OC) Music Department will present its 25th-annual Valentine Cabaret dinner theater Feb. 13-15.

    The Cabaret theme is “Songs for a New World,” a 1995 song cycle by Jason Robert Brown, a Tony Award-winning composer. 

    The four-person cast will perform 16 musical numbers that combine pop, rock, gospel and jazz elements. Among the songs is “Stars and Moon,” made famous by Tony Award-winning actress Audra McDonald

    In Brown’s words, the show is about “one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back.”

    The dinner will start at 6 p.m. each night in the McIntosh Conservatory, followed by the concert at 7 p.m. in the Adams Recital Hall

    The signature candlelight dinner menu includes Chicken Parmesan, ziti pasta, green beans and tossed salad. Triple chocolate layer cake and cheesecake topped with strawberries will be served for dessert. 

    Chad Anderson will direct the Valentine Cabaret, with assistance from music director and pianist Eric Grigg. Anderson is a 1998 OC alumnus who has directed numerous musicals and cabarets at Oklahoma Christian. 

    The Cabaret cast features OC students Brian Wilcox, Micah Ndiba, Alyssa Jackson and Kendall Haliburton. 

    Tickets are $10 for the show and $25 for the dinner and the show. To purchase tickets or get more information, call (405) 425-5530 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    Recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, Oklahoma Christian offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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    Tue, 04 Feb 2014 13:19:00 CST 93698b19-198e-4762-9bf0-640d7ce10cd0
    Winter instrumental concert set for February 9 http://www.oc.edu/news/r/winter-instrumental-concert-set-for-february-9/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – A Beatles medley and jazz musician Justin Echols will be featured at Oklahoma Christian University’s annual Winter Concert on Feb. 9.

    The free concert, showcasing OC’s Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, and Chamber Orchestra, will start at 2:30 p.m. in Hardeman Auditorium.

    OC’s Symphonic Band will perform John Barnes Chance’s “Incantation and Dance,” John Phillip Sousa’s “Pride of the Wolverines” march, Henry Mancini’s “Moon River,” and a medley of Beatles songs.

    The Chamber Orchestra will perform Vivaldi’s Winter Concerto, a divertimento composed by Mozart, Bartok’s “Allegro Barbaro,” and arrangements of “Morning has Broken” and “Danny Boy.”

    The Jazz Ensemble will perform “There Will Never be Another You,” “You Don’t Know What Love Is,” “I Could Write a Book,” and “Deed I Do.”

    Echols, an Oklahoma City jazz musician who has performed in Italy, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, will play the piano and sing during the Jazz Ensemble set.

    For more information, call (405) 425-5530.

    Recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, Oklahoma Christian offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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    Fri, 31 Jan 2014 13:23:00 CST 426ff402-5352-4deb-ac61-89fe236487dd
    OC music students, faculty honored in Tulsa Thursday http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-music-students-faculty-honored-in-tulsa-thursday-night/ OC’s music students and faculty will be recognized as some of the best in the state again Thursday evening in Tulsa.

    OC’s Chorale, led by music professor Kyle Pullen, will perform at the Oklahoma Music Educators Association Conference at 7 p.m. at the Holy Family Cathedral in downtown Tulsa. At 8:45 p.m., OC’s Jazz Ensemble will perform as part of the OMEA event just a few blocks away at the Doubletree Hotel.

    “Being chosen to perform at the state convention is quite an honor,” said Kathy Thompson, OC’s department chair and professor of music. “We are excited that our students will share their talents in these honor performances.” 

    OC’s Chorale, which includes more than 65 singers, has been performing and touring since 1950. OMEA is the state affiliate of MENC: The National Affiliation for Music Education, which is among the world’s largest arts education organizations.

    OC’s music department will receive yet another honor in Tulsa as Heath Jones will be recognized as Oklahoma’s Jazz Educator of the Year for the second time in four years. Jones, a professor of music, directs OC’s Jazz Ensemble.

    “I am especially proud of Heath for being recognized for his excellent work, as well as helping make OC’s music program more visible in the state,” Thompson said.

    Jones will receive his honor from the Oklahoma Jazz Educators, a chapter of the International Association of Jazz Educators. OJE, which is meeting during the OMEA convention, exists to promote awareness of jazz and encourages the academic exploration of jazz in schools.

    Just last weekend, Jones directed the Jazz Ensemble in its performance at the Jazz Educators Conference in Dallas. He also teaches applied saxophone, music education, music technology and jazz improvisation at Oklahoma Christian.

    An accomplished musician, he has performed with The Temptations, The Four Tops, Leslie Gore, Jim Neighbors, Natalie Cole, and other road show artists. Jones also performs with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Lyric Theatre and the Pollard Theatre.  He serves as a Cannonball Saxophone Artist and has given master classes, lectures, and recitals in China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. 

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    Thu, 16 Jan 2014 2:33:00 CST d12f023a-88fd-46c4-8854-6d19c409762e
    Oklahoma Community Orchestra presents JFK remembrance http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oklahoma-community-orchestra-presents-jfk-remembrance/ The Oklahoma Community Orchestra will honor former president John F. Kennedy with its second concert of the 2013-14 season, scheduled for Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Oklahoma Christian University’s Hardeman Auditorium.

    This is the 30th season for the OCO, the university’s “orchestra-in-residence.” Several OC students, alumni and faculty perform in the orchestra. OC Professor of Music Dr. John Fletcher is in his 10th season as the OCO’s conductor.

    As many people celebrate the legacy of President Kennedy this month, the orchestra will offer a variety of musical remembrances. Selections will include Leonard Bernstein’s Fanfare for the Inauguration of John F. Kennedy, Richard Rodgers’ Victory at Sea, Greensleeves, and a medley of songs from Camelot, the Broadway musical often associated with the Kennedy presidency.

    The orchestra also will perform Franz Suppe’s Poet and Peasant Overture as well as the Scherzo from Antonin Dvorak’s Sixth Symphony. The OC Chamber Singers, under the direction of Dr. Kyle Pullen, will join the orchestra for a special selection.

    For more information, call the OC Department of Music at (405) 425-5530 or visit the OCO website at www.okorchestra.org. Admission is $10 at the door and $8 if purchased in advance online (www.okorchestra.org). Children under age 13 will be admitted free of charge. OC students, faculty, and staff are admitted free of charge with their OC ID.

    Support for this performance has been provided, in part, by the Oklahoma Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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    Thu, 14 Nov 2013 11:14:00 CST 16254411-445e-4c09-81fa-21ecc6ab7fef
    Academic departments honor outstanding alumni http://www.oc.edu/news/r/academic-departments-honor-outstanding-alumni/ Oklahoma Christian University’s three academic colleges honored distinguished alumni during Homecoming weekend.

    OC’s College of Arts and Sciences, led by Dean David Lowry, recognized Dr. Randel Estep (’86) – Chemistry and Physics; Jason Leger (’00) – Art and Design; Matthew Loeber (’02) – Nursing; David Jones (’94) – Communication; Dr. Travis Montgomery (’02) – Language and Literature; Leah Ries (’83) – Music; Dr. Neil Roberts (’99) – Biological Sciences; Jay Tabor (’86) – History and Political Science; and Dr. Nick Wisdom (’05) – Psychology and Family Studies.

    The College of Biblical Studies, represented by Dean Alan Martin, honored Taylor Cave (’89) – Missions; Bob Herndon (’79) – Preaching/Ministry; Ryan Russell (’06) – Youth Ministry; and Ben Glover (’86) – Alumnus of the Year.

    The College of Professional Studies, with Phil Lewis as dean, honored Kevin Arledge (’92) – Mathematical, Computer, and Information Sciences; Ted Norton (’84) – Business Administration; Anthony Rose (’07) – Teacher Education; Bahvahnie Smith (’00) – Mechanical Engineering; and Jim Theisen (’97) – Electrical and Computer Engineering.

    Dr. Estep serves as the Medical Director of Occupational Medicine at the McBride Clinic. He also is a medical consultant for the OG&E Corporation and is Oklahoma’s Delegate to the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine House of Delegates.

    Leger has been involved in the recording industry, news media, banking, and healthcare. He recently accepted a position with GE’s Oil and Gas division, where he is responsible for Global IT Commercial Operations.

    Loeber is a charge nurse, a new hire coach, a preceptor for nursing students, and a certified ECMO technician at OU Children’s Hospital.

    Jones is the Manager of Broadcast Operations and Technical Services for the Oklahoma City Thunder, overseeing gameday television broadcasts and operations.

    Montgomery recently left the University of Mississippi, where he received the Lawrence “Shaky” Yates Award for Teaching Freshman Composition, for a tenure track position at Fort Hays State University in Kansas.

    Ries teaches music in the public school system in Mankato, Minn., and serves as Artistic Director of the Mankato Children’s Chorus and director of the junior high and high school choirs.

    Roberts has a private practice with the OSSO Healthcare Network as part of The Physicians Group in Oklahoma City and is Director of Endoscopy at Community Hospital in south Oklahoma City.

    Tabor is a partner in the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, one of the world’s largest international law firms. He has represented General Electric in many transactions, including its $20 billion joint venture with Comcast for the ownership of NBC Universal and in GE’s recent $3.3 billion acquisition of Lufkin Industries.

    Dr. Wisdom is a licensed Staff Neuropsychologist in the Mental Health Care Line at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Houston, Texas. He also is an Assistant Professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Baylor College of Medicine and serves as President-Elect of the Houston Neuropsychological Society.

    Cave is the Outreach Minister at Del City Church of Christ, where he preaches on Sunday nights. Herndon is a minister at South Brooke Church of Christ in Tulsa and is involved as a docent with the Philbrook Museum of Art.

    Russell works with Northwest Church of Christ in Oklahoma City. Glover is the senior minister with Oakcrest Church of Christ in south Oklahoma City.

    Arledge is a Solutions Consultant with the Boston-based software company Kronos, Inc. Norton has worked in various roles for MidFirst Bank, including his current job managing the bank’s Commercial Sales and Marketing group.

    Rose is an Assistant Principal at Cheyenne Middle School in Edmond, and also serves as the Youth Minister at Wilshire Church of Christ.

    Smith is a Senior Engineering Manager at OG&E, overseeing three groups: Maintenance Engineering, Project Engineering, and Inspection.

    Theisen is the lead engineer over the F-16 Power and Controls team for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, where he was recently promoted to the title of Electrical Engineer Staff, Senior.

    Oklahoma Christian, recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

    For the last three years, the cost of attendance for OC undergraduate students has stayed the same, making Oklahoma Christian the only university in the state and the only reporting member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities that did not raise its total price. More information is available at www.oc.edu/value.

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    Mon, 11 Nov 2013 9:00:00 CST d9f57852-27af-46be-bcad-bcd139785d52
    OC presents 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-presents-joseph-and-the-amazing-technicolor-dreamcoat/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Following on the heels of last year’s vibrant production of Seussical, Oklahoma Christian University is presenting Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as the annual Homecoming Musical Nov. 7-9.

    Each of the three performances will begin at 8 p.m. in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium. Tickets cost $15, with discounts for groups, senior citizens and OC students, faculty and staff. Tickets can be purchased online (click here) or on weekdays at the OC Box Office or by calling (405) 425-5540.

    Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice co-wrote Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, a musical that is suitable for all ages. Through the course of the story, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged. The musical is set to an engaging variety of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop, and rock and roll. 

    The production features 67 cast members; 24 are students from OC’s music and theater departments, 40 are children from the surrounding community, including children of OC faculty and staff members, and three are OC faculty members. 

    Dr. Jim Baird, professor of Bible and philosophy and the director of OC’s Honors Program, is playing Jacob. Dr. Matt McCook, professor of history, is playing Pharaoh. Dr. Kyle Pullen, associate professor of music, is playing Potiphar. 

    Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be directed by 1998 OC graduate Chad Anderson, conducted by OC professor of music Dr. John Fletcher and choreographed by OC adjunct faculty Barbara Berard. 

    “This musical is the Biblical story of Joseph told with engaging modern music and involving a huge cast of OC faculty, students and children from the community,” said Phil Reagan, associate professor of communications and theater. “It is a perfect show for the OC family and the Oklahoma City community.” 

    The musical highlights a full weekend of Homecoming activities at Oklahoma Christian. A complete schedule is available at www.oc.edu/homecoming.

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    Wed, 30 Oct 2013 9:51:00 CDT 1333e628-6e7a-4f54-be34-7cdf52e877f3
    OC presents spring instrumental concerts http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-present-spring-instrumental-concerts/ Oklahoma Christian University students in Symphonic Band and Jazz Band will perform their annual Spring Band Concert April 7, followed by the Chamber Orchestra Concert April 14.

    Both concerts will begin at 2:30 p.m. in Hardeman Auditorium, located in the Garvey Center on the Oklahoma Christian campus. Admission to each performance is free.

    The Symphonic Band and Jazz Bands are currently traveling across Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas as part of their annual tour. The concert will feature select pieces from the tour.

    The Jazz Band will perform songs original by the Glenn Miller Orchestra and modern selections from the Gordon Goodwin Band, accompanied by vocalist Kandyce Everitt.

    The Symphonic Band maintains an active schedule on campus, performs in local venues and goes on tour annually. The Jazz Band was named the “Outstanding Band” of the 2005 Redbud Jazz Festival at Northern Oklahoma College and has been chosen to perform at the state jazz educators conference.

    The Jazz Band also has performed twice on cruise ships in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Dr. John Fletcher directs the Symphonic Band and Dr. Heath Jones directs the Jazz Band.

    Fletcher has been a member of OC’s faculty since 1987. He conducts the Symphonic Band and the Oklahoma Community Orchestra.

    Jones joined the OC faculty in 2000. He directs the Jazz Ensemble and Sweat Band and is an active professional performer in Oklahoma City.

    A campus map is available at www.oc.edu/map. For more information, call John Fletcher at (405) 425-5530.

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    Thu, 04 Apr 2013 9:44:00 CDT e940586c-7214-48c9-ad3d-d37b50a3c8f0
    Chorale, Chamber Singers perform http://www.oc.edu/news/r/chorale-chamber-singers-perform/ Oklahoma Christian University will host a concert featuring the OC Chorale and Chamber Singers on Thursday at 7:30 pm in the Adams Recital Hall.

    The Chamber Singers will perform works from composers Veljo Tormis, Luca Marenzio, Stephen Foster and Billy Joel.

    The Chorale will feature works representing four musical periods, including pieces by Thomas Weelkes, W.A. Mozart, Paul Tschesnokoff and Dominick Argento. Stunning works for women's choir and men's choir will also be performed.

    Admission is free. For more information, call (405) 425-5530.

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    Wed, 13 Mar 2013 13:01:00 CDT 57de8737-745d-4215-ba07-db6fcea0f9b4
    OC holds undergraduate prices for second straight year http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-holds-undergraduate-prices-for-second-straight-year/ Oklahoma Christian University (OC) officials announced today that undergraduate tuition will not increase for the 2013-14 academic year.

    The cost of attendance for OC undergraduate students also stayed the same from 2011-12 to 2012-13.

    “Affordability is a big deal to us because affordability is a big deal to students and their families,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “Holding our total price is the right thing to do again because we want students to get a first-rate higher education at the best value possible.”

    OC’s undergraduate tuition will remain $18,800 for students taking up to 17 hours per semester. Average room and board costs also will stay the same for a total price of $24,975. Oklahoma Christian also is continuing its policy of not charging student fees.

    According to the College Board, the average total price of private universities rose 4 percent last year to $39,518. OC was the only university in Oklahoma and the only reporting member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) that did not raise its total price in 2012-13.

    “With more students being priced out of higher education, Oklahoma Christian wants to provide an affordable college home where they can discover their passion and use their talents for good,” deSteiguer said. “As President Obama said in his State of the Union address, colleges need to do their part to keep costs down. Freezing our cost of attendance for two years running is a big part of our commitment to do that.”

    Factoring in scholarships and grants, OC’s average net price actually decreased in the latest reporting period for the U.S. Department of Education. More than 90 percent of Oklahoma Christian students receive financial aid, including performance and athletic scholarships, need-based financial grants, and governmental assistance.

    OC’s Presidential Academic Success Scholarship rewards academic achievement tied to student performance on ACT and SAT exams. Oklahoma Christian also offers large scholarships for National Merit Scholars. OC has seven National Merit Scholars in its freshman class and 30 National Merit Finalists overall, the most per capita of all Church of Christ universities.

    OC’s “no fees” approach allows students and families to better assess costs in comparison to colleges and universities that charge course fees and other significant fees on top of their tuition “sticker price.” Differential tuition will continue for students participating in nursing clinicals or taking private music lessons.

    OC students can shape their costs with technology, housing, dining and other choices that best fit their budgets and needs. They also can continue to supplement their meal plans with the optional purchase of “Eagle Bucks” for tax-free dining at Alfredo’s, Chick-Fil-A, Jimmy John’s and the OC Grill.

    Graduate prices will range from $400 to $495 per credit hour, with slight increases for master’s students in business and engineering. More information is available at www.oc.edu/cost and www.oc.edu/value.

    OC set school records with 361 graduate students and 2,271 total students enrolled this year. The last eight years have featured OC’s eight highest total enrollments ever.

    Oklahoma Christian, recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in business, engineering, ministry, and divinity.

    In addition to its Oklahoma City residential campus, OC has study abroad opportunities in Europe, Honduras and the Pacific Rim. This year, Oklahoma Christian opened a Learning Support Center in Kigali, Rwanda, allowing Rwandan students to study in OC’s online MBA program.

    -OC-

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    Mon, 18 Feb 2013 11:15:00 CST 5a45d6c7-7ce3-4876-a993-e293b1d012f6
    OC presents instrumental concert http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-presents-instrumental-concert/ A medley from “Les Miserables” will be among the selections at Oklahoma Christian University’s annual Winter Instrumental Concert on Feb. 10.

    The free concert featuring the university’s instrumental groups starts at 2:30 p.m. in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium.

    OC’s Symphonic Band will perform the “Les Miserables” medley along with Frank Ticheli’s “Nitro” and the Goldman March “On the Mall.”

    The university’s Jazz Ensemble will perform the rock-and-roll piece “Vehicle” by the Ides of March, “Just the Way You Are” by Billy Joel, “Little Brown Jug” by Glenn Miller, and a recently composed fusion/funk tune, “R U Chicken?”

    The Chamber Orchestra will perform “Centrefugue” by M.L. Daniels in its Oklahoma debut. Centrefugue received honorable mention at the most recent Isaac/ASTA composition contest and will be published by Kjos. The orchestra also will present works by Arcangelo Corelli, Gerald Finzi and Bedrich Smetana.

    For more information, call (405) 425-5530 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    -OC-

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    Tue, 05 Feb 2013 10:15:00 CST 2c0c0ce5-d62e-4266-848b-837571dc4205
    Halie Hilburn appears on American Idol http://www.oc.edu/news/r/halie-hilburn-appears-on-american-idol/ Halie Hilburn is "going to Hollywood" on American Idol after she advanced out of the Oklahoma City auditions.

    The Oklahoma Christian University alumna's audition aired on American Idol's January 31 broadcast. It featured both Halie (Swan) and her "dog" Oscar, who unfortunately didn't get a thumbs up from American Idol's resident "dawg," Randy Jackson, or fellow judges Mariah Carey, Keith Urban or Nicki Minaj.

    Halie, a 2008 OC graduate, hails from Vernon, Texas. Thanks to "HumanSlinky" for capturing Halie's full American Idol segment ...

    Here are more photos from Halie Hilburn's American Idol debut:

    Halie and Seacrest

    Halie and Oscar meet Ryan Seacrest.

    Oscar cuts in on Halie's audition.

    Oscar cuts in on Halie's audition.

    Halie and Oscar singing

    Halie and Oscar try to win over the judges.

    Halie and Oscar

    The judges critique Halie and Oscar's "duet."

    Going to Hollywood

    The moment of truth - Halie's going to Hollywood!

    Golden ticket

    Halie shows off her golden ticket.

    Seacrest and Oscar

    Ryan Seacrest decides it's time to break up the act. "Oscar" is getting left behind.

    Halie - American Idol logo

    Halie talks about her big break.

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    Thu, 31 Jan 2013 23:35:00 CST 051f550c-e616-4a7d-a5e3-13900fedde97
    OC says 'Hooray for Love' at Valentine Cabaret http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-says-hooray-for-love-at-valentine-cabaret/ The Oklahoma Christian University Music Department will present the 24th-annual Valentine Cabaret dinner theater Feb. 14-16.

    This year’s Cabaret theme is “Hooray for Love: Highlights from the Great American Songbook.” Fourteen pieces written by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen and Burt Bacharach will be performed. Classics include “The Man I Love,” “I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good),” and “If I Only Had A Brain.” 

    The Cabaret will begin at 6 p.m. each night with its signature candlelight dinner in the McIntosh Conservatory in OC’s Garvey Center. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. in the adjacent Adams Recital Hall.

    The dinner menu features a tossed green salad, Chicken Cordon Bleu with a rice pilaf and grilled vegetable mélange. Triple chocolate cake and strawberry topped cheesecake will be served for dessert. 

    This is the first Cabaret since longtime Chorale director Dr. Ken Adams retired in 2012. The Adams Recital Hall is named for him and his wife Lindy in honor of their contributions to OC’s Music Department over the past 40 years.

    Chad Anderson will direct this year’s Cabaret alongside Eric Grigg, music director and pianist, with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic’s Larry Moore on bass. Anderson is a 1998 OC graduate and has directed nearly a dozen Homecoming musicals and Valentine Cabarets at his alma mater.

    The Cabaret cast includes OC students Kirby Allen, Kalee Floyd, Hannah Faye Foster, Ryan Gonzales, Alyssa Jackson, Jabbarri Jones, Reece Kingcade, Stephanie Loyd, Rebecca Moran, Sarah Risley, Sean Steele, Lane Wheeler, Lauren Wheeler, Brian Wilcox, Moriah Willing and Tommy Winberry.

    Tickets are $7 for the show and $20 for the dinner and the show. To purchase tickets or request more information, call (405) 425-5530 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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    Wed, 30 Jan 2013 11:04:00 CST 3849b0dc-fd03-415e-8fbc-54423c184098
    OC presents 36th-annual 'Cocoa and Carols' http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-presents-36th-annual-cocoa-and-carols/ Oklahoma Christian University’s 36th-annual holiday gift to the community, “Cocoa and Carols,” will feature a masterwork by the Baroque composer, Claudio Monterverdi, as well as much-loved Christmas music.

    This year’s event will be on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. in Hardeman Auditorium, located in the Garvey Center on the OC campus. Admission is free.

    A wide variety of holiday selections will be performed by more than 200 students and faculty of OC’s Department of Music.

    The program will begin with the University Chorale and Orchestra performing the traditional processional, “Personent Hodie,” followed by a set of Christmas carols and the second “Dixit Dominus” of Claudio Monteverdi.

    Complimentary hot cocoa and cider will be served during intermission in the McIntosh Conservatory, with seasonal music provided by the Chamber Orchestra.

    Following intermission and refreshments, the program will continue with a mix of favorite Christmas selections performed by the OC Chamber Singers, Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Chamber Orchestra.

    These selections will include yuletide favorites such as “Silent Night,” “Joy to the World,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Jingle Bells” and “White Christmas.”

    For more information, call (405) 425-5530.

    -OC-

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    Tue, 04 Dec 2012 15:08:00 CST 07efa2a8-64a8-4cc7-b4a3-fb1f196addd5
    OC celebrates Winter Wonderland Week http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-celebrates-winter-wonderland-week/

    Oklahoma Christian University will celebrate the holiday season with its fifth-annual Winter Wonderland Week, beginning with the Lighting of the Commons on Nov. 27.

    The free family event includes pictures with Santa, live music, and horse-drawn carriage rides from 6 to 8 p.m. This will be the first Lighting of the Commons under OC’s new president, John deSteiguer.

    The holiday theme will continue Nov. 29 through Dec. 1 as OC’s theater program presents Neil Simon’s classic comedy, “Barefoot in The Park,” at 8 p.m. in Judd Theatre. To purchase tickets, call (405) 425-5540. 

    OC’s fourth-annual Holiday Hustle 5K run will be Dec. 1 at 9 a.m. A kids’ run will begin a 9:50 a.m. Register and pay for either run, which features a USA Track and Field-certified course, at www.oc.edu/holidayhustle or on the day of the race from 7 to 8:30 a.m.

    Prize money will be awarded to the top finishers, and a pancake breakfast will be served following the race.

    On Dec. 4, OC will host its 36th-annual holiday gift to the community, “Cocoa and Carols,” at 7:30 p.m. in Hardeman Auditorium. This free performance features a masterwork for chorus and orchestra, followed by a selection of holiday music.

    Hot cocoa and cider will be served during intermission. This year’s performance is the first under new Chorale director Dr. Kyle Pullen following the retirement of beloved music professor Dr. Ken Adams. 

    Oklahoma Christian, recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in business, engineering, ministry, and divinity.

    In addition to its Oklahoma City campus, OC has study abroad opportunities in Europe, Honduras and the Pacific Rim. This year, the university opened a Learning Support Center in Kigali, Rwanda, allowing Rwandan students to study in OC's online MBA program.

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    Fri, 16 Nov 2012 23:15:00 CST ceb6ac98-59ec-4166-83c9-e6e24cde9fc4
    Concerts feature famous B-3 jazz organist http://www.oc.edu/news/r/concerts-feature-famous-b-3-jazz-organist/ Oklahoma Christian University’s Department of Music will feature world-renowned jazz organist Tony Monaco in a pair of free events next week.

    A jazz recital at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 in the Adams Recital Hall will feature Monaco, guitarist Mitch Bell, drummer Willie Peterson and saxophonist Dr. Heath Jones.

    Jones, a professor of music at Oklahoma Christian, has played saxophone with the Temptations, the Four Tops, Frankie Avalon, Jim Neighbors, Leslie Gore, and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.

    The jazz quartet will perform works by Monaco, Pat Martino and Duke Pearson, as well as a commissioned piece by Steve Million.

    Monaco also will appear with Oklahoma Christian’s Jazz Ensemble at the Fall Instrumental Concert on Thursday, Nov. 15. The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Hardeman Auditorium.

    The Jazz Ensemble set will feature works by Louis Bellson, Duke Ellington, Les Hooper, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, including include Mike Tomaro’s setting of the Beatles’ “Blackbird.”

    OC’s Symphonic Band will perform Gustav Holst’s Second Suite in F, Nelhybel’s Trittico, and Ticheli’s setting of Amazing Grace. 

    The Chamber Orchestra will play J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto, Edvard Grieg’s Holberg Suite, and Gustav Holtz’s Chaconne.

    For more information about both free events and the OC Department of Music, call (405) 425-5530.

    -OC-

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    Fri, 09 Nov 2012 14:52:00 CST e590a2a0-771b-447d-8cf7-84b5e62aa724
    OC presents Fall Chorale Concert http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-presents-fall-chorale-concert/ The Oklahoma Christian University Chorale and Chamber Singers will perform their Fall Concert on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Adams Recital Hall.

    The concert will feature works by the great Renaissance composers, Thomas Weelkes, and Giovanni Palestrina, followed by selections from the rich, Russian music heritage.

    The Chorale will close the event with two inspiring spirituals from the great American choral literature.

    Admission is free.

     

     

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    Wed, 07 Nov 2012 14:40:00 CST 3a8515c7-d756-41f0-9085-01f6020c3811
    Academic colleges honor alumni at Homecoming http://www.oc.edu/news/r/academic-colleges-honor-alumni-at-homecoming/ Oklahoma Christian University’s three colleges honored distinguished alumni on Friday.

    The special ceremonies were part of OC’s annual Homecoming weekend. The honorees were:

    College of Arts and Sciences

    Scott Filleman (05) - Music
    Amanda Gauthier (11) - Nursing
    Jennifer Hill (94) - Psychology and Family Studies
    Russell Hill (93) - History and Political Science
    Lisa Landrum (89) - Biological Sciences
    Dana McMichael (83) - Language and Literature
    Brian Simmons (87) - Communication
    Roy Stevens (79) - Chemistry and Physics
    Megan Wilkes (09) - Art and Design

    College of Biblical Studies

    Chris Stinnett (87) - Alumnus of the Year
    Jeremie Beller (00) - Preaching/Ministry
    David Duncan (88) - Missions
    Josh Yaeger (04) - Youth Ministry 

    College of Professional Studies

    Jeff Dimick (83) - Mathematical, Computer, and Information Science
    Jeremy Edwards (97) - Business Administration
    Ben Knowles (00) - Mechanical Engineering
    Tessa Tefertiller (95) - Teacher Education
    Mitch Warren (05) - Electrical and Computer Engineering

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    Sat, 03 Nov 2012 0:46:00 CDT 3cf2b8be-4c58-4482-8ee0-ce5ba103a9ae
    Oklahoma Christian presents ‘Seussical’ http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oklahoma-christian-presents-seussical/ Following on the heels of last year’s acclaimed production of Beauty and the Beast, Oklahoma Christian University will feature Seussical as its annual Homecoming Musical on Nov. 1-3.

    Each of the three performances will begin at 8 p.m. in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium. Tickets cost $15, with discounts for groups, senior citizens, and OC students, faculty and staff. Tickets can be purchased on weekdays at the OC Box Office or by calling (405) 425-5540.

    Co-conceived by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty and Eric Idle, Seussical brings more than a dozen of Dr. Seuss’s prominent creations to the stage, including The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and Horton Hears a Who.

    OC’s production features students from OC’s music and theater departments plus two students from Edmond’s Oklahoma Christian Academy and one student from Edmond’s Cimarron Middle School.

    Seussical will be directed by 1998 OC graduate Chad Anderson, conducted by OC professor of music Dr. John Fletcher, and choreographed by Barbara Berard. It is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

    “Seussical is a bright and whimsical musical adaptation of the works of Dr. Seuss,” Anderson said. “The Cat in the Hat narrates Horton the elephant’s effort to save Whoville from demise while learning the importance of loyalty, the meaning of beauty and the value of friendship. Kids of all ages will cherish this charming production performed by some of OC's most talented students.”

    Seussical highlights a full weekend of Homecoming activities at Oklahoma Christian. A complete schedule is available at www.oc.edu/homecoming.

    -OC-

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    Mon, 22 Oct 2012 10:08:00 CDT 0816c323-9f2e-4e35-99eb-2c7b5ed92ac2
    Former Miss America headlines orchestra concert http://www.oc.edu/news/r/former-miss-america-headlines-orchestra-concert/ Former Miss America Susan Powell will perform at Oklahoma Christian University with the Oklahoma Community Orchestra on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

    Powell's performance and the world premiere of a fanfare by Oklahoma composer Callen Clarke highlight the opening concert of the orchestra's 2012-13 season, to be held in OC's Hardeman Auditorium.

    Since her year as Miss America in 1981, Powell has performed in theatres, opera houses and concert halls all over the world. She also hosted "Home Matters," which ran for 12 seasons on the Discovery Channel.

    New York audiences have seen the Oklahoma native as Alcamene in "Olympus On My Mind" and as Johanna in Harold Prince’s production of "Sweeney Todd" at the New York City Opera. She made her operatic debut as Adele in "Die Fledermaus" with the Seattle Opera and returned the following season as Micaela in "Carmen."

    In addition to sharing the stage with Powell, the orchestra will perform additional selections at the Oct. 16 concert, including Howard Hanson's Second Symphony (the Romantic), Don Gillis' Short Overture to an Unwritten Opera, and Callen Clarke's Spark.

    The OCO commissioned Clarke to write Spark to kick off the orchestra's 29th season. He said "all the teachers in the state of Oklahoma" inspired this piece. 

    Tickets cost $10 at the door and $8 if purchased in advance online at www.okorchestra.org. Children under 13 will be admitted free of charge. OC students, faculty, and staff are admitted free of charge with their OC ID.

    For more information, call OC's Department of Music at (405) 425-5530 or go to www.okorchestra.org.

    The OCO is the "orchestra-in-residence" at Oklahoma Christian University. Several OC students, alumni, and faculty perform in the orchestra, which is conducted by OC professor of music Dr. John Fletcher.

    Support for this performance has been provided, in part, by the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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    Wed, 10 Oct 2012 14:25:00 CDT aee01fe2-d834-4596-9123-ab8cbd3062c5
    Underserved kids make music thanks to OC alumnus http://www.oc.edu/news/r/underserved-kids-make-music-thanks-to-oc-alumnus/ Scott Filleman, a 2005 Oklahoma Christian University graduate, is doing a tremendous work in his role as band director at Santa Fe South Schools in Oklahoma City.

    He took a band that began with no budget and just a few working instruments in 2007 and built it into a program with more than 300 student musicians from fourth through 12th grade.

    That would be a success story anywhere. But almost all of Santa Fe South’s students come from impoverished families that qualify for free or reduced-price lunches.

    They don’t have much. But they have the opportunity to make music, thanks to Scott and a caring community.

    “I couldn’t ask for a better administration. They’ve found a solution for everything we’ve wanted and needed. Although this school may be poor financially, it’s rich in the way it invests in students and shows compassion,” Scott said. “The kids love what they do and that keeps me going. It feels good to hear them say things like, ‘Your class is why I came to school today.’”

    Some of those students, about 20 at this point, don’t have instruments to play right now. The band’s biggest needs are lower woodwinds (instruments like bassoons and tenor/baritone saxophones) and lower brass instruments (trombones, baritones, tubas). They also need financial assistance for repairs because many of the donated instruments need to be fixed before they can be used.

    Media coverage has been a big help. Check out a recent print story by the Oklahoman and a TV feature from KFOR.

    If you’d like to help, contact Scott at sfilleman@santafesouth.org or call the school at (405) 631-6100.

     

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    Tue, 31 Jul 2012 13:34:00 CDT 1a37960c-db1b-4373-81d1-3a4fc47f0477