The Norman Transcript

Opinion

November 4, 2012

Wanted: Local songs for Philharmonic performance

NORMAN — Dad used to perpetually hum a few bars of music when he entered a room. Around the holidays, the tunes were often unrecognizable. We finally figured it out: He’d mix some popular ones with some old Catholic school favorites to form an eclectic song that was always one of a kind.

Richard Zielinski, music and artistic director of the Norman Philharmonic, invites some of those local, freelance composers to put their own songs down in writing this week, perform them and send him a video. The winner gets $500 and gets their song performed by the Philharmonic as part of “A Simple Gift” concert at 3 p.m. Nov. 25 at McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church.

Here are the rules: Song can used sacred or secular texts, must be no longer than 3 minutes in length, can be a cappella or with accompaniment.

Entrants should send a Youtube audio or video link to Info@NormanPhil.com, Subject: 2012 Christmas Song Competition.

The winner will receive $500 cash. Concert tickets cost $10 each and are available at McFarlin, 419 S. University.

n n n

When top coaches leave successful programs, the names of replacement candidates are quickly scattered among the sports talk radio hosts and those “well informed” callers who seem to know everything.

Thank goodness it doesn’t work that way with university presidents. In August, Dr. Richard Levin announced he would retire as president of Yale University at the end of this academic year. “Informed callers” might drop the name of OU President David L. Boren as a candidate.

Dr. Levin, 65, has served longer than any major university president and one of the longest-serving in Yale’s history. With his departure, President Boren is believed to be the longest-serving president at a major university.

President Boren, who came to OU from the U.S. Senate in November 1994 is the second longest-serving OU president. He passed Dr. David Ross Boyd in longevity in January 2011 and is now second only behind Dr. George Cross who served from 1944 to 1968. The average tenure for university presidents is 8.5 years.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Opinion
  • Improving children’s lives

    Social service organizations that have long-term debt for their headquarters and operating needs often spend much of their fundraising efforts meeting those obligations....

    July 29, 2014

  • Nutritional article should be accurate

    I read with interest the July 13 article “Are low-carb diets really healthy?” by Cassidie Day. Unfortunately, a number of statements in this article were incorrect. The first problematic statement was, “Carbs are an essential nutrient ...

    July 29, 2014

  • Hospital story headline was too sensationalized

    Editor, The Transcript: On July 18, The Transcript ran a front page article with the headline “Lawsuit filed against Norman Regional — Civil suit alleges improper billing practices by NRH and contracted physicians groups.” As a first page ...

    July 29, 2014

  • Congress should close gaps

    Of all of Edward Snowden’s revelations about electronic surveillance by the National Security Agency, the most unsettling was that the government was accumulating vast numbers of records about the telephone calls of American citizens. In ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Border obsession overlooks trade

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry made headlines recently by ordering 1,000 National Guard troops to the border. This bravado comes at a price: $12 million a month. Perry plans to send the bill the federal government. That’s one way to finance your ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Intercession badly needed in this world

    Yesterday was my feast day, or as the Italians call it, my “onomastico.” Since I live in the United States, it went completely unnoticed. If I lived in Italy, however, I would have been showered with cards and phone calls. That’s because ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Help better than commentary

    For the last seven years, I have helped run Hands Helping Paws, an animal welfare and rescue group that fosters Norman’s abandoned animals and advocates for spay and neuter initiatives to reduce our community’s problems with stray and ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Stick to the sports

    Editor, The Transcript: Why must we, especially us nice conservatives, be subjected to political commentary in a sports column? I hear/view Fox News routinely and find their coverage quite acceptable. I also hear/view CNN and MSNBC. I ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Corporation Commission should should evaluate quakes, fracturing

    Editor, The Transcript: Is your house at risk of being damaged in an earthquake because of fracking? Maybe. We’ve seen more earthquakes and tremors in Oklahoma seven months into 2014 than in the two previous years combined. At the same ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Norman can stop fracking before it escalates

    Editor, The Transcript: There are 163 fracked wells within Norman city limits. With growing attention to health and safety concerns, the city is considering changes to the existing oil and gas ordinance....

    July 27, 2014