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Dr. Michael Raiber, Conductor
Dr. Michael Raiber teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education at Oklahoma City University and is the Director of Teacher Support and Evaluation for El Sistema Oklahoma, an orchestral-based social reform project in Oklahoma City. Prior to his appointment in 2013, he was on the music education faculty at the University of Oklahoma for 13 years. Before his time at OU, he was the Associate Director of Bands at Oklahoma State University for three years. This followed his 13 years of teaching in public schools in Missouri and Oklahoma. Mike is a native Oklahoman. He attended high school in the Tulsa area and then earned his BME and MME from the University of Tulsa. After his public school tenure, he completed his Ph.D. at the University of Oklahoma. Music teacher education and social reform through music are his passions. Mike is also the current President of the Oklahoma Music Educators Association. His greatest desires are to help prepare quality music educators who will change the lives of students in their charge and to provide a means for ALL children to experience life in its fullest through music.
Mike served as the director of the Sanctuary Orchestra at First Baptist, Tulsa for six years. He then served as the associate music minister at First Baptist, Broken Arrow for a year, before leaving to pursue his doctorate at the University of Oklahoma. He now serves as the director of the Worship Orchestra at First Baptist, Norman where he and his family have attended since 2000.
This is his third season with the Oklahoma Baptist Symphony.
The Oklahoma Baptist Symphony has established a rich tradition in instrumental worship and is now in their 21st season.
The tradition continues to build, with the commitment of its members to allow God to use our instruments to be a ministry and a witness to all who hear them.
Sponsored by the Worship & Music Ministry of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, this ministry organization is made up of volunteers from every walk of life. The group has grown to 65 members, each desiring to praise God with the instrumental and musical skills God has given them.
The Oklahoma Baptist Symphony desires to provide a spiritual focus, which will:
- emphasize the beauty of God’s creation and His mighty power;
- point the hearts of people to the Lordship of Christ; lead people to worship; prepare the hearts of people to receive Christ;
- challenge people to give their very best to the Lord; and
- promote the instrumental ministry throughout the state, the nation and “. . . the uttermost parts of the earth.”
For audition information or to invite the Oklahoma Baptist Symphony to your church, please contact Dru Baker in the Worship | Music Ministry office at 405/942-3800 ext 4650; email@example.com