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Dr. Mark McQuade

Assistant Professor of Music
Voice and Opera


Dr. Mark McQuade, assistant professor of music, teaches Applied Voice, Vocal Pedagogy, and serves as both stage and musical director for OBU operas. His students have been featured in principal and supporting roles with university, community, and professional opera and musical theater companies, and they are regular winners, finalists, and semi-finalists at state, regional, and national voice competitions.

As a performer, McQuade has appeared in opera, musical theater, concert, and recitals throughout the United States and Canada. He has performed in many operas during his academic career, singing leading roles that include Horace Tabor in The Ballad of Baby Doe, Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, Belcore in L'elisir d'amore, Mr. Peachum in The Threepenny Opera, Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief, the title role in Tartuffe, and Ko-Ko in The Mikado. His professional credits include appearances as Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale with the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in Fairbanks, Alaska; the roles of Marco in Gianni Schicchi and Sciarrone in Tosca, as well as the Baker and Rapunzel’s Prince in Into the Woods Jr., all with the Natchez Festival of Music in Natchez, Mississippi; and the roles of Marco in Gianni Schicchi and Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia 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. Recent directing projects have included the operas Suor Angelica, Street Scene, Fortune’s Favorites, Passion in the Principle’s Office, Le nozze di Figaro, Le Mariage aux Lanternes, and The Tender Land, along with the musicals Into the Woods, Brigadoon, Hairspray, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Under McQuade’s direction, the OBU Opera Theatre production of Street Scene earned second place in the 2013 National Opera Association Production Competition.

McQuade has won numerous awards and scholarships for singing including the NATS Emerging Leader Award, the McCormick Opera Scholarship and Outstanding Graduate Opera Student Award at the University of Mississippi; the Ruth Cogan Memorial Scholarship and the McGregor Oresman Scholarship from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music; and First Prize in the MacAllister Youth Opera Awards. 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. As such he is the founder and director of the OBU Voice Laboratory.

Dr. McQuade continues an active career as a performer and researcher along with his teaching, and he currently serves as the TEXOMA Region Governor-elect of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and has served as the Oklahoma State Governor (2008-2012).


  • 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 3062: Vocal Pedagogy
  • VCMU 3139: Musical Theater I
  • VCMU 3149: Musical Theater II: Technical


  • National Association of Teachers of Singing
  • National Opera Association
  • 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" published in the Journal of Singing, Nov/Dec 2014.

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