Thursday, February 5, 2015

Choir News: Welcome New Members, Edmond News, and Several Fun Community Events

Welcome Our New Members for This Semester:

We are so glad to have them join us!


Brooke Buffington
New the choir and don't see your name?  Email us and let us know.  We don't want to miss anyone!  Thanks!

Concern for Edmond

Dear Edmond Students and Families,

I received the following emails this week from two concerned First Christian Church members. The summary? Please take extra care in the parking lot when picking up your students.  We do not want anyone to get hurt, AND we want to maintain a positive relationship with First Christian as well since they have been such kind hostesses of our rehearsals each week.  Thank you!

Email #1
Just an observation I had today. As I was driving the bus in the south parking lot, there were several children from the homeschool group running around the parking lot. I had to stop the bus 3 times to avoid children. The parents did nothing to stop the children. So maybe something needs to be said to the group to avoid a potentially bad situation. Should I talk to John about this??

Email #2
I encountered the same thing today at @3:50. Children actually ran right behind my truck as I was backing out and seemed totally unaware of my truck. I proceeded with extreme caution, but children were running all over the parking lot unescorted ahead of their parents. Thank you for your help with this matter.

What's Happening in the Community

If you like attending fun musical events in the community, your family might like to check out this performance at OBU in March.  Tickets went on sale this week.  Looks like a great show!

 is my pleasure to announce that the OBU Warren M. Angell College Fine Arts will present
Susannah, an American opera, by composer Carlisle Floyd
on March 5 – 8, 2015 in the Craig-Dorland Theatre in Shawnee Hall on OBU's campus!
We invite you to join us for a performance as well as to extend invitations to your friends and family.

General admission tickets go on sale Monday, February 2nd at 8am for $10 each and can be purchased online at
We expect the show to sell out thus encourage you to purchase tickets early! 
About Floyd's Susannah
Susannah is a loose adaptation of the apocryphal tale of Susanna and the Elders that was originally part of the book of Daniel.  Floyd, one of the premier American composers of opera, grew up in rural South Carolina, the son of a Methodist preacher.  Drawing on this experience, he sets the opera in the mountains of rural Tennessee.  Written in the early 1950s around the same time as Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, Susannah shares similar themes as the more widely known stage play.  Both Floyd and Miller created lasting art which speaks to us today even as they were addressing the paranoia and hysteria raised by the communist witch-hunt of the 1950s known as McCarthyism.  Floyd’s parable has been described as “an unadorned story of malice, hypocrisy and tragedy of almost scriptural simplicity of language and characterization.  [A] kind of morality play in a contemporary setting”, Floyd’s powerful score is beautiful, highly dramatic and holds historical significance as well as the power to instruct a contemporary audience.  Due to the serious nature of the production, we recommend that audience members be at least 13 years of age.

And, I haven't heard where this movie will be showing in April yet but a great applause goes out to these homeschoolers for bringing a tasteful yet exciting movie to the big screens.  With your beginnings in performing and creativity, who knows what the future may hold for you?

Homeschoolers at Work from Burns Family Studios on Vimeo.