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After serving as the Burton H. Patterson Professor of Music, Director of Bands and Coordinator of Instrumental Studies at Oklahoma Baptist University for 20 years, Dr. Jim Hansford retired from full time teaching in 2010. While at OBU he conducted the Symphonic Band, taught instrumental music education, advanced conducting, low brass, and supervised student teachers and first year teachers. The Symphonic Band traveled extensively performing in schools and churches from New Orleans to Phoenix. With the assistance of former dean, Paul Hammond, he founded the OBU/Shawnee Community Orchestra, a collaborative group of students, and professional and amateur musicians from Shawnee and the surrounding region. Since retirement Hansford continues to conduct this ensemble for the 16th season.
His teaching experience includes seven years in the public schools of Brazosport and Denton, Texas. Before coming to OBU, Hansford served as director of bands at Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Wayland Baptist University (Texas). He stays active as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator in the public schools of Oklahoma, Texas, and the Southwestern United States having recently served as conductor/clinician for the 5-State Regional Honor Band hosted in Guymon, Oklahoma. Hansford was elected to the Oklahoma Music Educators Association Executive Board as Vice President for Higher Education in 2005.
Hansford served as a senior editor and writer for a 400-page textbook, “The Instrumental Resource for Church and School” published through Lifeway Church Resources. Hansford lectured on “The Music Education System in the United States” and “The History of Jazz in America” for the School of Music at Xinjiang Normal University in Urumqi, China. He served as conductor of the Texas Baptist All-State Band and the Oklahoma Baptist All-State Symphonic Band for over fifteen years including tours to England and British Columbia and national trips to Boston, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C.
Dr. Hansford is an active member of First Baptist Church in Shawnee, where he sings in the choir and serves as a deacon. His wife, Conchita, assistant professor of music and a children’s music specialist who conducts the Shawnee Honor Choir, is Director of the Music Preparatory Department at OBU. They are the parents of two married daughters, Candace and Tamara, and have three grandchildren, Channing, Clark and Lauren.
Having a heart for ministry, Hansford has served numerous churches as interim and supply music minister throughout his career. Since 2011 he has been a member of the trombone section in the Oklahoma Baptist Symphony. “As a member of this fine ensemble, I count it a privilege and honor to be asked to serve as the conductor for the 2015-16 season. The positive spiritual impact this orchestra has had the past 25 years is practically fathomless. I am excited about the ministry opportunity across Oklahoma that lies before us this season. “
The Oklahoma Baptist Symphony has established a rich tradition in instrumental worship and is now in their 23rd 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; firstname.lastname@example.org
2015-2016 Concert Schedule:
Friday & Saturday, August 7-8 – Retreat – Baptist Building
Sunday, September 20– Concert – FBC Woodward – 6:00 pm
Sunday, October 25– Concert – FBC Altus – 6:00 pm
Sunday, November 15– Concert – Memorial, Tulsa – 6:00 pm
Sunday, January 10– Concert – Emmaus, OKC – 6:00 pm
Sunday, February 21– Concert – FBC Pryor – 6:00 pm
Sunday, March 13– Concert – Cameron, Lawton – 5:00 pm
Sunday, April 24– Concert – Waterloo Road, Edmond – 6:30 pm
Sunday, May 15– Concert – Woodland Acres, Tulsa – 6:00 pm