JBU's Musical Heritage

1924
John Brown College starts Music Department under the direction of Mrs. Lillian Imhof Robinson. The department offered piano, theory courses, band, and orchestra.

1926
Voice Department forms in 1926 with Miss Mollie Becker as teacher. Monthly student recitals commence.

1928
Miss Eula Faye Sledge teaches the Dunning Music Club. The club continues through the years as the Music Club and the Music Society.

1932
The Ozarkian Quartet forms under Directors Mr. and Mrs. William McFee and features regularly on KUOA, as well as in the chapel services, in community centers, and in nearby states.

1939
-JBU staff and students create the Cathedral of the Ozarks Choir to sing on KUOA every Sunday morning at 8AM
-Directed by Dr. William McFee and comprised of 34 boys, the John Brown University Band is involved in Armistice Day program, the Santa Claus parade, and Engineers’ Day.

1942
Director Mabel Oiesen establishes the John Brown University choir. She organizes the Triple Trio, the quartets, and the many other ensembles that the choir becomes known for.

1943
The first Candlelight Carol Service is held in the spring.

1947
The Choir School of JBU is inaugurated when the College of Music is moved into the first level of the new Cathedral building.

1948
The JBU Cathedral Choir performs its first national tour.

1951
The Dusty Four, a men’s quartet, performs a barn-raising tour.

1965
The Golden Eagles Pep Band forms, with members exclusively chosen from members of Concert Band. In later years, the pep band will be composed of volunteers.

1968
-Sound Generation begins in the fall semester of the academic year
-Two teams of Harmonaires perform this year, the summer team and Harmonaires West
-Changing Tide begins in the fall

1970
-Sound Generation sings at the Washington D.C. President’s Prayer Breakfast
-Changing Tide performs around the country, including at the Daytona 400

1972
-Eliab, originally nicknamed the “4 Freshmen Twice,” performs with volunteer members.
-Sound Generation holds performances with Roy Clark
-Special Delivery forms in the fall

1973
Groups performing this year include:
- Cathedral Choir
- Concert Band
- Inner Peace
- Magnificent Sanctuary Band
- Pep Band
- Sound Generation
- Special Delivery

1974
Mabel Oiesen retires after 32 years at JBU

1976
JBU performs the musical Music Man

1978
Groups for this year include:
- Special Delivery
- Joysong
- Philemon
- Street Theatre
- Chapel Choir
- Music Club
- Band

1981
10 students, a band, and their director present the musical Godspell, based on the life of Christ as recorded in Matthew.

1988
JBU’s College chapter of Music Educators National Conference is organized

1991
JoySong performs its last concert in the Cathedral of the Ozarks

1997
The Cathedral Choir sings on the Focus on the Family radio program

2003
The Cathedral Choir performs for the first time in Europe, traveling to Ireland for their annual tour.