Ouachita Baptist University’s Division of Music will host Mattie Bogoslavsky and Tara Clem in their sophomore musical theatre recitals on Friday, Feb. 14. The recitals, which are free and open to the public, will begin at 11 a.m. in Mabee Fine Arts Center’s McBeth Recital Hall.
Bogoslavsky, a North Little Rock native, was named a semifinalist in the lower music theatre division of both the regional and state National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) auditions. She has been named to Ouachita’s Dean’s List and has participated in OBU Women’s Chorus and OBU Concert Choir.
Bogoslavsky’s portion of the recital will include Cy Coleman’s “Nobody Does it Like Me” from Seesaw; Benny Anderson, Tim Rice and Bjorn Ulvaeus’ “Someone Else’s Story” from Chess; and David Shire’s “One Step” from Starting Here, Starting Now. She will be accompanied by John Alec Briggs.
Clem, a Texarkana, Texas, native, also was named a semifinalist in the lower music theatre division of both the regional and state NATS auditions. She was named the first annual John Thomas Award winner and has served as a board member for the Texarkana Repertory Company, TexRep. She has participated in the Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s Young Artist Program, Sigma Alpha Iota international music fraternity for women, OBU Women’s Chorus and OBU Concert Choir.
Clem’s portion of the recital will include John Du Prez and Eric Idle’s “The Song That Goes Like This” from Monty Python’s Spamalot; Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Breathe” from In the Heights; Act Two, Scene Six from The Last Night of Ballyhoo by Alfred Uhry; and Jule Styne’s “If You Hadn’t But You Did” from Two on the Aisle. She will be accompanied by Susan Monroe.
For more information, contact OBU’s School of Fine Arts at (870) 245-5129.
Ouachita Baptist University will host a guest horn concert featuring Dr. William Scharnberg on Feb. 19, at 8 p.m. in McBeth Recital Hall, located in Mabee Fine Arts Center. The concert is free and open to the public.
Dr. Heather Thayer, assistant professor of music at Ouachita, and Amy Laursen, adjunct horn professor at Henderson State University, will accompany Dr. Scharnberg in the concert.
“Bill Scharnberg is a world class horn player. He is known throughout the world for his brilliant technique and his musicality,” said Thayer. “This is a great opportunity for students to hear a talented and experienced horn player.”
The program for the concert will begin with “Alla Caccia” by Alan Abbott, followed by “Concerto in D Major” by Leopold Mozart, “Dido’s Lament” from “Dido and Aeneas” by Henry Purcell, “Appel Interstellaire” from “Des canyon aux etoiles” by Oliver Messiaen, “Selected Horn Trios” by Henri Kling, “La Chasse for Three Horns” by John Barrows and “Variations on Barnacle Bill, the Sailor” by Steven Frank. The performance will conclude with “Happy Blues” by Zsolt Nagy.
Scharnberg, regents professor of music at the University of North Texas, has taught horn for more than 20 years. He also performs as principal horn of the Dallas Opera Orchestra and the Wichita Falls Symphony. Scharnberg has performed with numerous other orchestras all over the world, including the Breckenridge Festival Orchestra in Colorado and the Classical Music Seminar in Austria. He has appeared as a featured artist at three International Horn Symposia and several regional orchestras. Scharnberg earned his Doctor of Music Arts degree from the University of Iowa and has served since 2003 as editor of The Horn Call, a journal of The International Horn Society.
Thayer received degrees in horn performance and music theory from Eastern Michigan University and Bowling Green State University. She earned her Doctor of Music Arts degree in horn from the University of North Texas in 2010. Thayer also serves as principal horn of the Sherman Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra in Texas.
Laursen earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Wyoming and a Master of Music degree in French horn performance from the University of North Texas in 2006. She performs regularly with the Billings Symphony Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony and Lone Star Wind Symphony.
For more information about the recital, contact Dr. Heather Thayer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (870) 245-4172.
Ouachita Baptist University will host Gemma Guiomard’s senior art exhibit, “Perception,” in Mabee Fine Arts Center’s Hammons Art Gallery from Feb. 24 to March 7. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
After months of pouring hard work into this project, the exhibit presents Guiomard with the opportunity to share her work with the community.
A reception will be held on Feb. 25. from 7-8:30 p.m. “It’s a formal time to come to the gallery, discuss the work and celebrate,” said Guiomard, a senior studio art and musical theatre major from Desoto, Texas.
Unlike many other senior exhibits that feature a student’s work from his or her entire college career, most of the work that Guiomard will present was created specifically for this show.
Describing the concept behind her exhibit, which includes mostly oil paintings and collage work, Guiomard explained, “Each piece is about a person I love and my interpretation of who they are. Most are not traditional portraits despite the fact that they are my image of specific people.
“It was a difficult task because I wanted to be honest in my work,” added Guiomard, citing her exhibit preparations as both challenging and fun.
Guiomard said she views creating art as “a natural and inescapable product of human nature.” Through this exhibit, she has the opportunity to reveal insight into the way she sees the world.
Regular gallery hours for the exhibit are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The exhibit is also available during evenings when other School of Fine Arts events are held in Mabee Fine Arts Center. For more information, contact the School of Fine Arts at (870) 245-5129.
Ouachita Baptist University’s Division of Music will host the 16th annual Mary Shambarger Competition for Singers on Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. in the W. Francis McBeth Recital Hall of Mabee Fine Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Jon Secrest, Ouachita’s chair of the applied music department, is coordinating the event. Secrest said that the competition is among the best events Ouachita’s vocal program has to offer. He said he always sees the vocal students “achieve new heights” and “grow tremendously in their artistry” through the competition. He also encourages the public to come and watch.
“It enriches everyone’s lives who participates, and that includes the audience,” Secrest said. “I think that those who attend are stimulated so much and enriched by what goes on that day. It really is an exciting day.”
Each year the competition rotates to one of three different types of repertoire including arias from opera and oratorio, art songs and musical theatre. This year, students will perform arias from opera and oratorio.
“These arias are very sophisticated, elaborate and virtuosic compositions that require a great deal of technical facility and accomplishment,” said Secrest. “They take longer to prepare because they require a much more elite level of accomplishment vocally.”
“This is a chance for music students to put their hard work on display; it is an opportunity for them to demand excellence from themselves,” said Kristen La Madrid, a staff accompanist who has worked with the students to prepare for the competition. “I hope my students will use this event as an opportunity to challenge themselves and sharpen their skills as musicians.”
A cash prize of $500 will be rewarded to the first place winner, $300 to second place, $200 to third place, $100 to third place and $50 for honorable mention.
The event is named after Mary Shambarger, professor emerita of music at Ouachita. While serving on staff at Ouachita, she formed the choral group, the Ouachitones, which later became the Ouachita Singers. After 32 years, she retired from Ouachita in 1998 and decided to fund a competition for voice principles that awarded the winners with monetary prizes. In order to participate, students must be voice principles in their fourth semester or beyond.
Judges for this year’s competition include: Dr. Charles Fuller, former director of Ouachita Singers and former dean of Ouachita’s School of Fine Arts, Mary Shambarger and Stephen Anthony Ray, a 2008 alumnus and former winner of the Shambarger Competition.
Students will be accompanied by the following OBU staff accompanists: Glenda Aldridge, John Briggs, Kristen La Madrid, Susan Monroe and Phyllis Walker.
For more information, please contact Dr. Jon Secrest at email@example.com or (870) 245-5134.