Oklahoma Baptist University

Dr. Mark McQuade

Assistant Professor of Music
Director of Opera

Raley Chapel 130

OBU Box 61220
500 W. University
Shawnee, OK 74804


Dr. Mark McQuade, assistant professor of music, serves as Director of Opera and teaches Applied Voice, Vocal Pedagogy, Music Theater I, and Music Theater II: Technical. As a performer, McQuade is at home in opera, musical theatre, concert, and recital, alike. He has performed in many operas during his academic career, singing leading roles that include Horace Tabor in The Ballad of Baby Doe (2005), Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte (2002), Belcore in L'elisir d'amore (2001), Mr. Peachum in The Threepenny Opera (2003), Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief (2004), the title role in Tartuffe (2004), and Ko-Ko in The Mikado (2004). His professional credits include appearances as Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale with the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in Fairbanks, Alaska (2004); the roles of Marco in Gianni Schicchi and Sciarrone inTosca, as well as the Baker and Rapunzel’s Prince in Into the Woods Jr., all with the Natchez Festival of Music in Natchez, Mississippi (2005); and the roles of Marco inGianni Schicchi (2004) and Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia (2005) as well as being a featured soloist for “Opera on the River” with the Como Opera Guild in Como, Mississippi.

As both a stage director and musical director, McQuade has developed a unique style and passion for a variety of genres. He has directed opera and operetta along with classic and modern broadway musicals. His most recent stage-directing projects have included Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, Copland's The Tender Land, Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thief, Offenbach's Le Mariage aux Lantern, and Barab's Fortune's Favorites. In April 2013, McQuade will direct Kurt Weill's Street Scene with the OBU Opera Theatere. His most recent musical directing projects have included Into the Woods, Hairspray, and Brigadoon.

McQuade has won numerous awards and scholarships for singing including the McCormick Opera Scholarship (2003 & 2004) and Outstanding Graduate Opera Student Award (2004) at the University of Mississippi; the Ruth Cogan Memorial Scholarship (1999 and 2000) and the McGregor Oresman Scholarship (1998–2000) from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music; and First Prize in the MacAllister Youth Opera Awards (1996). While at the Oberlin Conservatory McQuade was a pupil of the world-renown vocal pedagogue, Richard Miller. He worked closely with Miller as a private voice student and a laboratory assistant in the Otto B. Schoepfle Vocal Arts Center, as well as assisting with Miller’s summer vocal pedagogy workshops. This close relationship has led to McQuade’s continued interest in voice research.

McQuade continues an active performance career along with his teaching. Upcoming performances include Bob Cratchit in Scrooge the musical at Shawnee Little Theater and soloist for the Digby Bell Memorial Recital in March, 2013. Most recently he has been heard in a faculty recital at OBU. Dr. McQuade currently serves as the Oklahoma State Governor and TEXOMA Region Governor-elect of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).


B.M., Vocal Performance, Oberlin College Conservatory of Music
M.M., Vocal Performance, University of Oklahoma
D.A. in Music, Vocal Pedagogy, University of Mississippi

Courses Taught

Applied Voice
VCMU 3063: Vocal Pedagogy
VCMU 3139: Musical Theater I
VCMU 3141: Musical Theater II: Technical


Pi Kappa Lambda Music Society
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society
College Music Society

Selected Publications

"Spectrographic Analysis: There is More to See Than Singers' Formant. Second Formant Tuning in Males Above the Secondo Passaggio" at the International Congress of Voice Teachers in Brisbane, Australia - July, 2013.

"Richard Miller: A Retrospective" published for the International Congress of Voice Teachers in Brisbane, Australia - July, 2013.

National Association of Teachers of Singing (TEXOMA Region Governor-Elect; Oklahoma District Governor.)

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