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Category: Department of Music Stories

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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.    

  • 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) - MusicAmanda Gauthier (11) - NursingJennifer Hill (94) - Psychology and Family StudiesRussell Hill (93) - History and Political ScienceLisa Landrum (89) - Biological SciencesDana McMichael (83) - Language and LiteratureBrian Simmons (87) - CommunicationRoy Stevens...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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-...

  • OC alumni fight poverty through Give a Goat


    By Radina Gigova & Erica Smith, originally published in Edmond Outlook Fighting poverty is a noble and often challenging mission. Sizable accomplishments require time, dedication and a good strategy. David Bowden knows this firsthand. The vice president of local nonprofit Give a Goat recently returned from his second trip to the Philippines, where he and his wife, Meagan, connected with those who need their help the most. “I have been working with Give a Goat for over two years,”...

  • Drumm beats his own path to jazz title

    In a competition traditionally dominated by larger schools, senior Mason Drumm snatched the title of Oklahoma’s Outstanding University Jazz Musician of the Year. Drumm is a Bible major at Oklahoma Christian University and has not only the gift of ministry, but also the gift of music. When asked about his motivations, Drumm speaks of a love for God partnered with a love for people that keeps him wanting to teach wherever he plays. Although he has played in many venues, including with a ...

  • Valentine Cabaret set for Feb. 9-11

    The Oklahoma Christian University Music Department presents its 23rd-annual Valentine Cabaret dinner theater on Thursday through Saturday, February 9-11. The festivities will start at 6 p.m. each evening, with a catered candlelight dinner in the McIntosh Conservatory, located inside the Garvey Center on the OC campus, followed by the Cabaret performance at 7 p.m. in the adjacent Recital Hall. The dinner menu will be a tossed green salad with dressing, followed by a hot London Broil steak, whole ...

  • Acappella adds two with OC ties

    The internationally-renowned Christian singing group Acappella has added two more members of the Oklahoma Christian University family. Raymond Mobley, a 2008 family studies graduate, and Malcolm Himes, a student at OC, have joined the group and will begin touring later this month. Mobley, a native of Midwest City, Okla., toured with Acappella in May and filled in for members Zac George and Anthony Lancaster at select events in California and Texas. In 2007, he appeared on national television as ...

  • OC Named "A Best in The West" College by The Princeton Review

    Oklahoma Christian University is one of the best colleges in the West according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review.  It is one of 121 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its “Best in the West” section of its website feature, “2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” “We are honored to be ranked among the best universities in the West region,” said Mike O’Neal, president of Oklahoma Christian. “...