Dr. Mark McQuade
Assistant Professor of Music
and Coordinator of Vocal Studies
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Vocal Performance is part of the Music Division in the Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts.
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What makes an OBU Vocal Performance degree special?
Vocal studies at OBU offers students an opportunity to develop their technical and artistic skills in an atmosphere that is both challenging and nurturing. Students learn skills in vocal technique, musicianship, foreign language diction, expressive communication, stage presence, repertoire selection, role preparation and vocal pedagogy. OBU students participate in a wide range of performance opportunities including fully-staged productions in both opera and musical theatre genres.
What are OBU grads doing with their Vocal Performance degrees?
Voice students from OBU have gone on to highly successful careers in performance, education and church-related fields. Graduates have appeared on stages and in theatres around the globe including some of the most famous opera houses in the world. Comprehensive vocal training combined with OBU’s strong liberal arts education give graduates an extremely high acceptance rate into graduate schools such as Eastman, Indiana, North Texas, Peabody, Cincinnati, Baylor, and Florida State, along with the Southern Baptist seminaries such as Southwestern, New Orleans, Southern and Golden Gate. OBU voice graduates can also be found teaching across the United States at all education levels, from elementary to university. Our music education (B.M.E.) graduates have a 100% placement rate in both elementary and secondary schools.
What courses can I take?
Vocal music students at OBU take courses in voice diction, foreign language diction, musical theater, vocal pedagogy, acting, as well as participating in ensembles and receiving a strong musical core in music theory and history.
What do OBU Vocal Performance faculty specialize in?
The OBU Division of Music offers the opportunity for students to audition and participate in the following vocal ensembles:
In addition to the choral opportunities, students can also audition and participate in musical/opera productions and the annual Concerto Aria Concert.