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.
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.