Ouachita Baptist University will host opera and musical theatre director Dr. Mark Ross Clark in a musical theatre workshop on Friday, March 7. The workshop, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 3-5 p.m. in Jones Performing Arts Center.
The first half of the workshop will include movement exercises to help prepare participants for singing and performing. Clark will then work with four students in a master class, critiquing their performances of musical theatre selections for the benefit of all workshop participants.
Mark Ross Clark
“I hope that students will gain tools they can use for preparing their vocal repertoire,” said Dr. Maggie Garrett, assistant professor of music.
Garrett was a student of Clark’s in the Indiana University opera workshop while pursuing her Master of Music degree and explained that Clark previously conducted an opera workshop at Ouachita in 2010.
“Dr. Clark requested to come to OBU because he was impressed with the high caliber of our students when he was here to present a workshop in 2010,” Garrett noted.
She added that the workshop seeks to provide dual outcomes, giving students the opportunity “to try out physical exercises they can take home and apply to their singing.” Additionally, she said, “During the master class portion, attendees will see how a professional stage director works to bring the vocal and theatrical improvements he desires out of the performers with whom he is working. It is the hope that they will learn things they can apply to their own performances.”
Clark currently serves as artistic director of the Louisiana Lyric Opera and director of opera and musical theatre at the University of Louisiana-Monroe. He also is a respected author and is in the process of publishing a new book on musical theatre repertoire that includes analysis of 100 Broadway songs for voice students and their teachers. His books Singing, Acting and Movement in Opera and The Guide to Aria Repertoire are widely used by singing actors and instructors.
Clark previously served as director of the Indiana University Opera Theatre, and his students have gone on to sing at such renowned opera theatres as The Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, The New York City Opera and The Chicago Lyric Opera. He has directed opera productions throughout the U.S. as well as in the United Kingdom and Brazil; his production of Susannah at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro won national recognition by the National Opera Association in 2005.
The Ouachita students who will perform in the master class are Chad Burris, Timothy Drennan, Caitlin Secrest and Garrett Whitehead. Staff pianists Susan Monroe and Phyllis Walker will accompany the singers. All participants should come dressed appropriately for the movement portion of the workshop.
For more information, contact Dr. Maggie Garrett at firstname.lastname@example.org or (870) 245-5271.
Ouachita Baptist University will host world-renowned flutist Dr. Tadeu Coelho as guest artist and speaker for a flute seminar on Ouachita’s campus Saturday, March 8. As part of the all-day event, co-sponsored by the Hot Springs Flute Ensemble, Coelho will perform in a recital as well as lead a discussion and masterclass for seminar participants.
“Dr. Coelho is inspiring in his performances and his outlook on life and teaching,” said event organizer Kristin Grant, assistant professor of music at OBU. “He has a beautiful flute sound, brilliant technique and the ability to capture and share expression in music.”
Grant also serves as conductor of the Hot Springs Flute Ensemble. This is the second time she has brought Coelho to campus for this event following his successful visit five years ago.
The public is invited to attend two performances Saturday afternoon. The seminar flute choir will perform at 1 p.m. in Hammons Gallery outside the McBeth Recital Hall, followed by a concert by Coehlo at 1:30 p.m. in McBeth Recital Hall. He will be accompanied on the piano by Dr. Adam Haas, OBU lecturer in music. These events are free and open to the public.
Musicians may also register to participate in the full seminar, beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday with a flute choir rehearsal for registered attendees. Following the rehearsal, Coelho will lead a discussion on “Flute as Inspiration and Praise” at 11 a.m. Finishing up the day, flutists will then have the opportunity to play for Coelho and receive critique as part of a masterclass from 3-5 p.m.
Coelho, a native of Brazil, has performed in music halls across the world and recorded multiple solo CDs. He currently teaches at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He previously served as associate professor of flute at the University of Iowa and the University of New Mexico as well as visiting professor at the Ino Mirkovich Music Academy in Croatia. Coelho earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Manhattan School of Music and now works to train the next generation of flutists.
For more information about Coelho’s visit or registration information for the seminar, contact Kristin Grant at email@example.com or (870) 245-5518.
Ouachita Baptist University’s Department of Theatre Arts will host the 13th annual 10-Minute Play Festival March 6-8. Auditions for the shows will be Thursday, March 6, rehearsals will begin Friday, March 7, and shows will be performed Saturday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Verser Theatre. The Saturday performance is free and open to the public.
“I hope the festival is a fun weekend of theatre,” said Jordan Miller, a senior musical theatre major from Rockwall, Texas. Once shows are cast after the Thursday auditions, participants rehearse throughout the night Friday to prepare for their Saturday performance.
Students of all majors and experience are encouraged to audition and participate. “I want it to be a chance for theatre students to leave the school aspect of performance and just play, “ Miller explained. “But I also want the non-departmental participants to have a fun time in an arena they don’t always get to be in.”
Miller is directing the festival along with Blaine Surber, a senior musical theatre major from Sulpher Springs, Texas, and Shelby Spears, a sophomore English major from El Dorado, Ark. This year’s festival is hosted by Ouachita’s chapter of Theta Alpha Phi national honor fraternity for theatre arts.
For more information, contact Jordan Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mary Handiboe, OBU associate professor of theatre arts, at email@example.com or (870) 245-4157.
Finally, we will host an Interview Intensive Dinner on Thursday, March 13th that will focus on business etiquette as well as insight from seasoned corporate recruiters including alumnus Mac Stroud who has led recruitment and HR for such companies as Alltel, Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods and Goodwill Industries of Arkansas and Angela Scott, recruiter for Tyson Foods. This event will have limited seating with preference given to seniors and juniors. Please email Hannah Pilcher at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot!
Ouachita Baptist University’s Division of Music will host Meredith Martin and Carli Sasser in their senior voice recital Friday, March 14. The recital will be held in Mabee Fine Arts Center’s McBeth Recital Hall at 11 a.m. and is free and open to the public.
“I am really excited about this performance that I’ve been working toward for four years,” Sasser said. “It’s involved lots of hours of practice and hard work and I am so ready for it to be here.”
“Carli and I have been really good friends since we came to OBU,” Martin explained. “Our moms knew each other and even sang together, so this is a special experience for the two of us.”
Martin is a senior choral music education major from Garland, Texas. She won 3rd place in the 2014 Shambarger Competition, is a National Association of Teachers of Singing finalist, serves as vice president of Ouachita Singers and also is in the Ouachita Concert Choir. Martin is a student of Dr. Margaret Garrett, assistant professor of music.
Martin’s solo performances will include “Alleluia” from Antonio Vivaldi’s O Qui Coeli Terraeque Serenitas, “Ah! non credea mirarti” from Vincenzo Bellini’s La Sonnambula, “Verschwiegene Liebe” and “Elfenlied” by Hugo Wolf, “Cacile” by Richard Strauss, “The Year’s at the Spring” and “Ah! Love But a Day” by H.H.A. Beach and “I Shall Not Live in Vain” by Jake Heggie.
Sasser is a senior choral music education from Hamburg, Ark. She was a 2013 Tiger Tunes hostess, first runner-up on the 2013 Ouachita Homecoming Court, served on the Miss OBU court of honor in 2013 and 2014 and is currently the president of Ouachita Singers. Sasser is also a student of Dr. Margaret Garrett.
Sasser’s solo performances will include “If Music Be the Food of Love” by Henry Purcell, “Suleika I” by Franz Schubert, “Ruhe, meine Seele!” by Richard Strauss, “Donde Lieta” from Giacomo Puccini’s La Boheme, “By the River” from Maury Yeston’s December Songs and “Late Last Night” and “Heart, We Will Forget Him” by Ricky Ian Gordon.
Martin and Sasser will end the recital together with the duets “Puisqu’ici-bas Toute Ame” and “Tarentelle” by Gabriel Fauré. Phyllis Walker will be the accompanist for the recital.
For more information, contact OBU’s School of Fine Arts at (870) 245-5129.