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February 21, 2014

University Ringers to present concert

NORMAN — The University Ringers from Oklahoma Baptist University, OBU’s auditioned handbell ensemble, will present a mini-concert and lead worship at 6 p.m. March 2 at First Baptist Church of Moore. 

Pastor Dr. Kevin Clarkson will preach. The University Ringers are under the direction of Dr. Lee Hinson, OBU professor of church music.

The concert will include works such as Cynthia Dobrinski’s “Joy and Elation,” “Holy, Holy, Holy,” Chris Tomlin’s arrangement of “Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone),” “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” and “Breathe on Me, Breath of God.”

Founded by Mary Kay Parrish in 1982, the University Ringers have had a history of bringing handbell music to audiences all over the United States and Europe.

Hinson began directing the ensemble in 2007. In recent years, they have performed in Missouri and Illinois, in addition to churches in Oklahoma, as well as performances on campus, such as the annual Hanging of the Green and OBU’s Homecoming Gala.

Hinson earned a bachelor’s degree at Baylor University. He earned master’s degrees at East Texas State University (now Texas A&M — Commerce) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He earned his doctorate at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Hinson is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, Southern Baptist Church Music Conference, Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma and The CenturyMen.

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