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Auditions April 28 for youth choral program at SBU

BOLIVAR, Mo. — Teens who are interested in choral music are invited to join Bella Voce, a choral and vocal program for young voices, ages 11-18, sponsored by the Southwest Baptist University Department of Music.

“This is an excellent opportunity for homeschool students to participate in a choral setting, but it is open to all students,” said Jane Munson-Berg, assistant professor of voice and opera at SBU. “This music experience supplements what students might be receiving at school.”

Two choirs will meet during May and June with a final performance at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 28. Lyric Singers is a mixed choir for ages 12-18 that meets from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays from May 6 to June 24. Choralieres is a girls’ only choir for ages 11-18 that meets from 5 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays from May 8 to June 26.

Tuition is $40 per person, which includes music purchase and accompanist fees. If a family has more than one student participating, tuition is adjusted to $30 per person.

Auditions are from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 28, as an assessment for music selection.

“I want it to be as interesting and as challenging as I can,” Munson-Berg said. “I plan to challenge all levels of musicians.”

Munson-Berg earned a master of music in voice performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City and a diploma in opera and art song at the Hochschule fuer Music in Munich, West Germany. She has sung leading roles and solo appearances with opera and symphony productions across the U.S. and Europe.

To schedule an audition, call (417) 328-1645. For more information, call or send email to

SBU Bolivar, Springfield campuses closed Monday, March 3

Southwest Baptist University’s Bolivar and Springfield campuses will be closed Monday, March 3, due to inclement weather. The closure includes offices, except as noted.


• Hutchens Library on the Bolivar campus

• College of Nursing and Health Sciences library on the Springfield campus


• The Wellness Center will open at 8 a.m. University Activities Council is sponsoring a wiffleball tournament at 10 a.m in the Intramural Gym. More information regarding activities for students at the Wellness Center on March 3 will be shared as they are available.

• Welcome Week interviews scheduled for March 3 will still take place. Anyone who cannot make the scheduled appointment should contact Trinity to reschedule.


Classes in session Jan. 6; administrative offices closed

BOLIVAR, MO — Due to winter weather, administrative offices at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar will be closed Monday, Jan. 6, with the exception of essential personnel, as directed by supervisors.

The physical plant staff has been working all day to clear sidewalks and streets on campus to allow students to attend class tomorrow, Jan. 6, as scheduled. It is the first day of the three-week “Winterfest” term before the spring semester begins Monday, Jan. 29.


Mercy Hospital, SBU partner for radiologic technology program

Mercy Hospital Springfield’s School of Radiologic Technology and Southwest Baptist University have partnered in a joint sponsorship to offer an Associate of Science in Radiography (ASR) at Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU. The first class began in July.

Mercy Hospital Springfield’s School of Radiologic Technology program was started in 1954 by the first registered technologist in Springfield, Sister Mary Victoire Corcoran, RSM.

“With the new program titled Mercy School of Radiologic Technology of Southwest Baptist University, radiography students will receive the same quality clinical education along with an enhanced didactic curriculum,” said program director Joan Hedrick, M.Ed., R.T.(R)(M). “At the end of the six-semester program these students will obtain an associate of science degree in radiography making them eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technology’s registry and become certified in radiography.”

With additional courses offered at Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU in Springfield, students can also receive a bachelor of science in health science. The College is at 4431 S. Fremont St. in Springfield.

For more information about this program please go to the Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences website at or call Mercy School of Radiologic Technology of SBU at (417) 820-2982.