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Dr. Michael Raiber, Conductor
Dr. Michael Raiber teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education at the University of Oklahoma. Prior to his appointment in 2000, he taught public school in Missouri and Oklahoma for thirteen years. Following this, he was the Associate Director of Bands at Oklahoma State University for three years. 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 is his passion and his chief focus at OU. Mike is the OMEA President-Elect and has previously served OMEA as the COMEA state advisor. His greatest desire is to help prepare quality music educators who will inspire the next generation of music students in this state.
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 second year to conduct the Oklahoma Baptist Symphony.
Mrs. Patricia Farewell, Ministry Assistant 942-3000 ext. 4650
Currently celebrating their 20th Anniversary season, the Oklahoma Baptist Symphony has established a rich tradition in instrumental worship.
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 the Worship & Music Ministry office at 405-942-3800 ext 4650; firstname.lastname@example.org
2012-2013 Concert Schedule for OBS:
Saturday, August 4 – Rehearsal #1
Saturday, August 18 – Rehearsal #2
Sunday, September 16 – Concert – Bixby, Riverview Baptist Church
Sunday, October 28 – Concert - Lexington, Joseph Harp Correctional Center
Monday, November 12 – BGCO Annual Meeting Concert
Sunday, January 27 – Concert – Enid, Emmanuel
Sunday, February 17 – Concert – Ardmore, FBC
Sunday, March 10 – Concert - Tulsa, Woodland Acres
Sunday, April 7 – Concert – Lawton, Cameron
Saturday, May 4 – Anniversary Concert – OKC, Southern Hills
Visit the Calendar portion of this website for concert details.