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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (870) 245-5134.
Student Senate meets every Tuesday.
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.
|The Women of EEE want to host a pageant for the male students. The male students who participate in Mr. Tiger can be sponsored by a club or friends. The entry fee is $20. The participant with be apart of a sports wear, talent, and interview question while wearing professional dress wear. The winner will recieve a Mr. Tiger winning sash, a crown, and a sonic gift card. We will sell lemonade and cookies at the event. Also we will have a “people’s choice” where the students can donate a dollar to vote for their favorite contestant. The entry charge is $3 per person. This event is held as a fundraiser for PC 14|
Overview of the Show
The main goal of “The Tonight Show at Ouachita” is to gather the student body together for entertainment purposes. We want to lay this show out to be one that imitates or mimics that of late night television shows, popular since the inception of television. With the likeness and charm of Johnny Carson, but the relevance and wit of Jimmy Fallon, Coleson and David want to bring an informative, yet lightheartedness to Ouachita through the form of comedy and current events. Not only this, but much more will be unveiled through this overview.
Layout of the Show
Like many late night television shows, “The Tonight Show at Ouachita” will feature humorous bits, monologues, guests. musical guests and more. Below is a description of these segments of the show:
We have accumulated a team of writers that will help us on each of the shows to gather news from current events from the media, as well as events on Ouachita’s Campus. We are sure that you are familiar with such monologues in late night shows past and present. Our writing team includes:
- Wade Stotts
- Tyler Davis
- Tanner Trantham
- Jim Hampton
We want to use this show to showcase their talent on campus in writing and wit, but also offer others the chance to write for the show as it continues on through the semester. We want the show to be open to suggestions from students on campus. These segments will take place at the start of the show and will last anywhere from 5-10 minutes and can contain video as well as live speaking. At this point we will introduce our house band (Stephen Curry) and take a quick break to get set for the next set on the show. Stephen will play us through this time.