Dr. Becky Morrison is Assistant Professor of Music at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Her teaching responsibilities include courses with an emphasis on choral music teacher preparation, supervising student teachers, teaching applied voice, and conducting the Women’s Chorus. She has taught 10 years in public schools of Missouri and Oklahoma where her choirs consistently won superior ratings and recognitions including: Outstanding Jazz Choir, Vocal Sweepstakes, and Grand Sweepstakes. Dr. Morrison was the founder and conductor of the Voices of Ada, a 4th through 9th grade mixed treble honor choir sponsored by the Ada (Oklahoma) Arts Council. In addition, her students have also been selected to participate in All-State Choirs as well as the regional and national honor choirs of the American Choral Directors Association.
Morrison began her collegiate studies in music education at Drury University then completed the Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at Oklahoma Baptist University. She continued her studies at University of North Texas where she received the Master of Music degree in Voice with an emphasis in Opera. Becky earned the Master of Music in Music Education degree from Boston University where she was a Tanglewood Scholar. Morrison also holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma. In recognition of her academic efforts, she has received the Brancati Teacher Development Scholarship from the Cape Coral (Florida) Community Foundation, the Criswell Scholarship from the Ada (Oklahoma) Arts Council, the Williams Music Scholarship from Phi Lambda Theta, the Graduate Student Music Education Scholarship and a Career Development Grant from Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity to further her studies. In 2008 she presented a round table discussion based on her research paper “Current Problems Facing Funding in Music Education” at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development’s Conference Arts Education – to what end?. Staying current with the latest research and teaching techniques, Dr. Morrison has augmented her education by studying at the Voice Symposium hosted by Voice Care Associates at the University of Tennessee; with Richard Miller at the Institute of Vocal Performance Pedagogy at Oberlin College-Conservatory of Music; with Stephen Smith at Northwestern University and she studied conducting with Judith Clurman at the Julliard School. Dr. Morrison is certified in the Kodaly methodology through the University of Oklahoma as well as a Level III Certified Teacher of Somatic VoiceWork -The LoVetri Method in contemporary commercial music styles.
As a singer, Dr. Morrison’s professional début came under the auspices’ of the Artist Presentation Society of St. Louis, Missouri when she won the 50th Annual Artist Award and was presented in recital. Her solo appearances include presentations with the Jerusalem (Israel) Chamber Orchestra, the Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra, the Brentwood and Town & Country Symphonies of St. Louis as well as the Fort Worth Oratorio Orchestra. Becky’s opera role’s include Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi, Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Mrs. Gobineau in The Medium, Elektra in Idomeneo, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Miss Todd in Old Maid and the Thief, the Witch in MacBeth and Gertrud in Hansel and Gretel. Dr. Morrison has sung the soprano solos in Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Brahams’ Requiem, Faure’s Requiem and Mozart’s Coronation Mass among others. Her Musical Theater roles include: Fairy Godmother in Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Golde in Fiddler on the Roof, Aunt Nettie in Carousel, Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music and Anna in The King and I.
Growing from her love to make beautiful music with others, Morrison stepped from the stage to behind the podium for the first time in 2001 to conduct the Gilbert and Sullivan Operetta, The Mikado for the Cool Kids Opera Camp hosted by the Cimarron Opera Company in Norman, Oklahoma. Since that time she has been conductor and musical director for many shows including: Bye, Bye Birdie, Into the Woods, The Music Man, Fiddler on the Roof, The Bard Is Back, Mulan, Pom Pom Zombies, The Mikado, Lagooned and Annie. She has also be vocal coach for West Side Story and Godspell, among others.
Becky is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the Arkansas Music Educators Association, American Choral Director’s Association, Arkansas Choral Director’s Association, the National Association of Teacher’s Singing, Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity, Pi Lambda Theta International Honor Society and Professional Association in Education, Golden Key International Honor society, Gamma Beta Phi Society and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
Dr. Morrison currently teaches on the music faculty of Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas; and previously taught at East Central University, Ada, Oklahoma; Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, Texas and Missouri Baptist University, St. Louis, Missouri. She and her husband are deeply involved in the music ministry of Hot Springs Baptist Church, are the proud parents of two children, and have been happily married since 1988.