Dr. Garrett teaches Studio Voice and Vocal Literature at OBU. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice Performance from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS), a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from Indiana University-Bloomington, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Her teachers have included Heather and Edward Crafts, Mozelle Clark Sherman, Patricia Stiles, George Shirley, and Marilyn Taylor. She has had the privilege of working in seminars and master classes with Robert Edwin, Richard Miller, Julianne Baird, Dawn Upshaw, and Earle Patriarco.
Students of Dr. Garrett often perform lead roles in operas, musicals, choirs, and plays at Ouachita and elsewhere. Many of her students have been finalists and semifinalists at both the state and regional levels of National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) auditions. Students of hers have also received awards at the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions, Trinity Presents Collegiate Showcase in Little Rock, the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Musical Theater Initiative, and OBU’s Shambarger Vocal Competition. Several of Dr. Garrett’s students have performed professionally at: Missoula Children’s Theater; Wayside Theater (VA); AT2AP (All Things To All People); Horn in the West; TEXAS Musical Drama; and the Plano Children’s Theater. They have participated in summer programs such as Broadway Artist Alliance Workshops, Broadway Comes to Denver, the University of Miami Salzburg Program, and the Musica nelle marche opera program in Urbania, Italy. Her students also work as music educators and worship leaders across the country.
An active performer, Dr. Garrett has performed as an oratorio soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Fauré’s Requiem, Haydn’s Creation, Brahms’ German Requiem, Bach’s Magnificat, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Vaughan Williams’ Pilgrim’s Progress. As an orchestral soloist she has performed Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate, Glière’s Concerto for Coloratura Soprano and Orchestra,and Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre. Her opera credits include the title role in Little Red Riding Hood, Mabel in Pirates Of Penzance, Sandrina in La Finta Giardiniera, Laurie in The Tender Land, and Worldly Spirit in The Obligation of the First Commandment. In 2012 she performed the role of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, in the world premiere of the sacred opera, Rendezvous with Destiny. She is an active performer of recitals and has performed with the Kentucky Opera, Piedmont Opera, Opera Carolina, and the Indiana University Opera Theater. Dr. Garrett was the 2006 Kentucky NATSAA winner. In addition, she received a Young Leaders Award from NATS that same year. She is the recipient of many awards and scholarships including a Performer’s Certificate and the Jay W. Wilkey Vocal Artist of the Year award from SBTS. Dr. Garrett is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society and Sigma Alpha Iota.
In addition to her years at OBU, Dr. Garrett has taught voice at SBTS, Boyce College, Lindsey Wilson College, the SBTS Academy of Music, and Community School of the Arts (Charlotte, NC).
Dr. Garrett resides in Arkadelphia, AR, with her husband, Mark, and their precocious preschooler, David.