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Dr. Jennifer McQuade

Associate Professor of Music


Canadian lyric coloratura soprano, Dr. Jennifer Helen McQuade, has credits in opera, oratorio and musical theatre and maintains an active performance schedule in the United States and Canada. Her credits include the title role from The Ballad of Baby Doe, Laetitia from The Old Maid and The Thief, Elmire from Tartuffe, Nella from Gianni Schicchi, Emma from Jekyll and Hyde, Younger Heidi from Follies, Lilly from The Secret Garden, and both Cinderella and Rapunzel from Into The Woods and Into The Woods, Jr. On the oratorio stage, McQuade has appeared as the soprano soloist for Handel's Messiah and Rutter's Requiem. In concert, she has appeared with the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble and sang the Canadian premiere of Theldon Meyer's Vocalise. McQuade has served as a Young Artist with the Natchez Festival of Music and was the Assistant Director for Como Opera Guild's production of The Barber of Seville, for which she also covered the role of Rosina. McQuade has also taken part in the Opera Theatre Program at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in Alaska where she appeared as Judy from This is the Rill Speaking.

McQuade has extensive training in the more traditional operatic and art song styles of singing as well as in contemporary commercial music styles such as Musical Theatre, Jazz, Cabaret, Pop, Rock, Country, Folk, Gospel, Rhythm & Blues and Rap. During the summer of 2007, McQuade attended Shenandoah University's Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute where she was awarded certification in Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method.

McQuade's dissertation is entitled: The Effect of the Position of the Zygomatic Musculature of the Experienced Baritone Singer on the Voice Spectra. She believes that consideration of the zygomatic musculature in singing is an important component of vocal pedagogy. Movement of the zygomatic muscles may alter the shape of the vocal resonator tract, affecting vocal timbre. Her study proposes the use of spectrographic analysis to compare voice spectra that result from various positions of the zygomatic musculature in singing. Through spectrographic analysis, her study reveals the measurable acoustic results that are achieved by these various positions.

McQuade joined OBU as an Assistant Professor of Music in the fall of 2008, after having served as an Adjunct Instructor of Music since 2006. She has also served as an Adjunct Instructor of Music at the University of Central Oklahoma, as a private instructor for the Central Community Music School and Oklahoma Baptist University's Preparatory Program, as a Graduate Assistant for the University of Mississippi, and as a private instructor for Le Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique in Montréal, Canada.


B.M., Vocal Performance, Mount Allison University
Artist Diploma, Voice Performance, University of Western Ontario
M.M., Solo Vocal Performance, McGill University
D.A. in Music, Vocal Pedagogy, University of Mississippi

Courses Taught

Applied Voice
Vocal Pedagogy
Diction for Singers


National Association of Teachers of Singing
Pi Kappa Lambda Music Society
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society
College Music Society