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.
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.
Lindsey Lederer & Kayla Esmond- Senior Musical Theatre Recitals
Ouachita Baptist University seniors Lindsey Lederer and Kayla Esmond will perform their musical theatre senior recitals Monday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Mabee Fine Art Center’s McBeth Recital Hall.
Lindsey Lederer is a senior musical theatre major from Lewisville, Texas. “I am so excited about about my recital. I have the best partners, and we have put in so many hours of work,” Lederer said. She will be assisted on stage by Kaylee Nebe, a senior musical theatre major from Mesquite, Texas, as well as Walter Dodd, a sophomore theatre arts major from Little Rock, Ark. Lederer is a member of Theta Alpha Phi national honor fraternity for theatre arts, Ouachita Women’s Chorus and Tri Chi women’s social club.
Kayla Esmond is a senior musical theatre major from Burleson, Texas. “It has been amazing to get to buckle down and focus on the art that I love so much,” Esmond said. “I am focusing on putting on a good show for people who attend.” Esmond is also a member of Theta Alpha Phi and Ouachita Women’s Chorus and has been named to Ouachita’s Dean’s and President’s Lists.
Lederer’s performance will include “Little Known Facts” by Clark Gesner from You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, “Everything I Know” by Lin Manuel from In the Heights, a scene from Chocolate by Fredrick Stroppel, “Poor Unfortunate Souls” by Alan Menken from The Little Mermaid and “Secondary Characters” by Jeff Bowen. John Briggs, adjunct instructor of voice and staff accompanist, will accompany Lederer on piano.
“I cannot wait to perform ‘Poor Unfortunate Souls’ as Ursula,” Lederer noted. “I rarely get to play villainous characters, so I have had a lot of fun working on this role.”
Esmond will perform “Mein Herr” from Cabaret by John Kander, a scene from The Miser by Moliere, a monologue from Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare, “Notice Me Horton” from Seussical by Stephen Flaherty, “Anyone Can Whistle” from Anyone Can Whistle by Stephen Sondheim, a scene from Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph, “The Man That Got Away” from End of the Rainbow by Peter Quilter, and “You’re the Top” from Anything Goes by Cole Porter. Briggs will also accompany Esmond.
“I am most excited about my scene from Gruesome Playground Injuries,” Esmond said. “I like that it’s such an understated piece.”
“My time at Ouachita has prepared me for the tough world of professional acting by giving me all the tools needed to conduct myself with confidence,” Esmond explained.
“Ouachita’s music and theatre department has helped shape my idea of what I want to do after I graduate,” Lederer added. “I have had a well-rounded experience and have seen an increase in my appreciation for the arts and musical theatre.”
The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, contact OBU’s School of Fine Arts at (870) 245-5129.
Ouachita Baptist University’s Division of Music will host Nicole Mattson and MaryLacey Thomson in their senior voice recital on March 4. The recital, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Mabee Fine Arts Center’s McBeth Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m.
MaryLacey Thomson (left) & Nicole Mattson. Photo by Tyler Rosenthal
“This recital is very significant to us because this is our chance to show our teachers and peers how far we have come over our fours years at Ouachita,” Mattson noted. The recital is presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree in musical theatre.
Mattson is a native of Rowlett, Texas, and has been involved on Ouachita’s campus as a Tiger Tunes hostess, a member of Ouachita Sounds and a member of the Miss OBU Pageant Court of Honor. She also has served as historian for Ouachita’s chapter of Theta Alpha Phi national honor fraternity for theatre arts. She is a student of Robin Williams, lecturer in music, and Mary Handiboe, associate professor of theatre arts.
Thomson is a native of Plano, Texas, and also has been involved as a Tiger Tunes hostess and member of Ouachita Sounds. Additionally, she has been crowned Miss Ouachita Baptist University and Miss Greater Hot Springs, served as song leader for EEE women’s social club and earned Ouachita’s Outstanding Theatre Freshman Award. She is a student of David Stanley, instructor of music, and Mary Handiboe.
Mattson and Thomson will collaborate for the recital’s opening number, Cole Porter’s “Friendship” from Anything Goes, as well as Act I, Scene I from Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire. They will also close the recital together with the short play “A Young Lady of Property” by Horton Foote and Cy Coleman’s “My Friend” from the musical The Life.
Mattson’s solo performances will include musical selections “I’m a Star” by Scott Alan, Irving Berlin’s “I Got Lost in His Arms” from Annie Get Your Gun, “Surabaya Santa” from Songs for a New World by Jason Robert Brown and Joey Contreras’ “Love Me, Love Me Not” from the musical of the same name. She also will deliver the comedic monologue “Mrs. Claus Dumps Santa” by Wade Bradford.
Thomson’s solo performances will include musical selections John Kander’s “Willing to Ride” from Steel Pier, Jerry Bock’s “When Did I Fall in Love” from Fiorello!, Bruce Greer’s “My Future” from It’s a Wonderful Life and Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s “Before It’s Over” from Dogfight. She also will present the monologue “Unknown Thoughts” by Liza Carroll.
Susan Monroe and Phyllis Walker will serve as accompanists on piano for the recital.
For more information, contact OBU’s School of Fine Arts at (870) 245-5129.
Ouachita Baptist University’s Division of Music will host a concert featuring the Ouachita Wind Ensemble on Thursday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Jones Performing Arts Center.
The Wind Ensemble includes 37 students representing various majors from across campus.
“This music we are performing represents many years and styles,” said Dr. Craig Hamilton, director of the Wind Ensemble. “There is something for everyone.”
Hamilton also serves as OBU’s Lena Goodwin Trimble Professor of Music, director of bands and coordinator of instrumental studies.
The concert will include Clifton Williams’ “Symphonic Suite,” Eric Whitacre’s “The Seal Lullaby,” Percy Aldridge Grainger’s “Molly on the Shore,” Eric Ewazen’s “Concerto for Marimba and Wind Ensemble” and Vincent Persichetti’s “Divertimento for Band, Op. 42.” The Ewazen selection will feature a solo by the winner of the 2013 Ouachita Wind and Percussion Concerto Competition, Carter Harlan, a junior music education major from Fayetteville, Ark.
“There is something very special about a large group of people coming together to make music,” Harlan said. “We have a great conductor who challenges us with difficult music, so each concert is an exciting and fun event for the audience and the musicians.”
“The Wind Ensemble is a great collection of talented musicians,” said Emily Tual, a sophomore dietetics major and Wind Ensemble member from Plano, Texas. “We have fun but we get our work done. Dr. Hamilton challenges us in our musicianship and loves seeing us reach our potential. It’s a great program to be a part of.”
“I am very proud of the Wind Ensemble and look forward to our performance,” Hamilton noted. “I hope everyone can attend.”
For more information, contact Dr. Craig Hamilton at firstname.lastname@example.org or (870) 245-5137.