Monthly Archives: November 2013

SBU and Ministerial Alliance to Present 33rd Annual Festival of Christmas

Bolivar and area residents are invited to observe the Christmas season at the 33rd annual Festival of Christmas at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, in Mabee Chapel on the Southwest Baptist University campus in Bolivar.
The Festival of Christmas, sponsored by Southwest Baptist University and the Bolivar Ministerial Alliance, brings together the churches of Bolivar and surrounding communities for a spectacular Christmas celebration each year.
The program is free to the public, but as part of the festival tradition, the Bolivar Area Ministerial Alliance will collect a special offering to be used for purchasing food for Christmas baskets and to help those in need throughout the year. BAMA serves the Bolivar area by helping people and local ministries.
Christmas music will be provided by the Festival Choir, SBU Wind Symphony and Chamber Orchestra. The Bolivar High School Concert Choir, directed by Anna Wooderson, will be performing “Jesus, Oh What A Wonderful Child.”
For more information about the Festival of Christmas, call (417) 328-1630.

SBU hosting FREE Ben Rector concert Dec. 9

Musician Ben Rector is presenting a free Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, at Southwest Baptist University’s Pike Auditorium.

The concert will include songs from his newest album, “The Walking in Between,” in which he sets ordinary moments to extraordinary music.

“Over the course of the 13 tracks on ‘The Walking in Between,’ Rector reflects on life’s simple pleasures, offers a fresh view on matters of the heart, examines the pursuit of material wealth, and recognizes the importance of the subtle struggles and modest victories of everyday living,” according to his promotional bio.

The new set, the first to be produced by his own label, Aptly Named Recordings, follows his previous two independent releases, 2010’s “Into the Morning” and 2011’s “Something Like This.” They have sold more than 70,000 copies independently. Both albums were iTunes leaders, with “Something Like This” reaching No. 1 on the digital retailer’s Singer/Songwriter Albums chart.

For more information about the free concert, contact Nathan Penland, Director of Student Activities, at (417) 328-1828 or

Wind Symphony to give concert at SBU

The Southwest Baptist University Department of Music will present the Wind Symphony in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, in Pike Auditorium on the SBU campus.

The 54-member ensemble will open the concert with a tribute to the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy. The symphony will perform a fanfare for his inauguration by Leonard Bernstein as well as “Elegy for a Young American” by Ronald Lo Presti, written in 1964 and dedicated to Kennedy’s memory. Nov. 22 will mark the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination.

“Let the Amen Sound” by Travis Cross, “William Byrd Suite” by Gordon Jacob, and “Popcopy” by Baylor University composer Scott McAllister will also be performed.

The concert will also feature the SBU Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Marc Baker.

“This performance represents a varied repertoire of wind band music with something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue…and percussion, too!” stated Dr. Brian Hopwood, conductor and director of instrumental studies at SBU.

For more information, please contact Hopwood at (417) 328-1647 or

SBU Jazz Ensemble to present fall concert

The SBU Jazz Ensemble will present its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, in Pike Auditorium on the SBU campus.

The 17-piece ensemble is the premiere ensemble at SBU dedicated to the exclusive study of jazz music and will feature SBU student performers in a program which includes the wide variety of styles associated with today’s big band jazz ensemble.

The program will open with an arrangement of George Gershwin’s “Strike Up the Band.” Other feature pieces include the straight-ahead swing of “Movin’ On,” “Brush Strokes,” and “Gorilla Man Blues” and more contemporary pieces such as “Beneath the Underdog” and “Sunday Morning.” The concert will also feature Latin jazz in “Samba de los Gatos.” In addition, the Jazz Ensemble will perform a bossa nova arrangement of “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” the opening tune from the PBS children’s show, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”

The jazz ensemble is under the direction of Dr. Jeffery Waters. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Waters at (417) 328-1632 or

SBU computer science students finish in top 20 in regional competition

SBU computer science students recently competed in a programming competition in Fayetteville, Ark. SBU’s A team finished in second place at the local site, claiming a top 20 spot in the entire mid-central U.S. region. Over 130 teams competed in the regional competition. SBU’s B and C teams finished 65th and 66th respectively.Top 20 Computer Programming Students

“We were happy with the results,” said Dr. Tim DeClue, CIS department chair and team coach. “It really came down to SBU and the Arkansas Razorbacks at our site. It was a lot of fun to see our SBU students battling it out with a powerhouse like Arkansas. They honored God with their efforts and abilities – that’s all I can ask. I am very proud of our teams.”

SBU’s A team was comprised of Luke Abbott, senior from Camdenton, Mo.; Jason Jakusz, senior from Theodosia, Mo.; and Justin Stout, junior from Gardner, Kan. The B team consisted of Brady Kornrumpf, sophomore from Jefferson City, Mo.; and Nate Schultz, sophomore from Omaha, Neb. The C team involved Jarrett Munton, sophomore from O’Fallon, Ill.; Bobby Sterling, junior from Buffalo, Mo.; and Jonathan Becker, freshman from Blue Springs, Mo. And SBU’s D team was comprised of Steven Harris, sophomore from Bolivar, Mo.; Addison Woody, sophomore from St. Joseph, Mo.; and Jacob Parke, freshman from Eureka, Mo.

SBU Chamber Orchestra to present fall concert

The Southwest Baptist University Chamber Orchestra will present its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, in the Meyer Recital Hall. The orchestra is conducted by Dr. Brian K. Hopwood.

The concert will feature an eclectic mix of both traditional and modern works. European composers’ works include Antonio Vivaldi’s “Allegro in G” for strings and harpsichord, a Hungarian-influenced composition “Ten Pieces for Children” by Béla Bartók, and the highly improvisational “Hoedown” by Diego Ortiz. The concert will also feature works by American composers including “Prelude on an Early American Folk Hymn” by Claude T. Smith. The orchestra’s rendition of the hymn, “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need,” will feature music majors Deborah Breon on the violin and Meghan Curry on the piano.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Hopwood at (417) 328-1647 or