McQuade to Perform Recital at OBU

Dr. Jennifer Helen McQuade will perform her first recital as a faculty member of Oklahoma Baptist University, Thursday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium. The community is invited to attend.

McQuade has served as an adjunct professor at OBU since 2006 and joined the faculty full time this fall.

"As a new faculty member in OBU's Department of Music, I feel that giving a recital is the most appropriate way to introduce myself to the university community," McQuade said. "As a musician, I find myself most expressive through music."

McQuade's recital will feature eight different pieces including pieces by Ludwig van Beethoven and Gustav Mahler. She will be accompanied by Dr. Michael Dean, OBU assistant professor of music.

"I am delighted that my very talented friend and colleague, Michael Dean, will be accompanying me on the piano for this recital," McQuade said. "He is a sensitive musician and an excellent collaborative pianist."

She received her doctorate from The University of Mississippi in Oxford where she received special recognition including the Ole Miss Outstanding Opera Student and the Ole Miss Outstanding Graduate Singer. She earned a master's degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, an artist diploma from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada, and a bachelor's degree from Mount Allison University in New Bruswick, Canada.

McQuade says she is excited to be part of the OBU community full-time.

"I want to share my gifts and passion for music with the OBU community and, most importantly, encourage the students to seek out avenues by which they can share their God-given gifts and passions with others," McQuade said. "It is my sincere hope that students would leave OBU with a greater understanding of and respect for themselves, their instrument, the world, and the Lord.

She performed with her husband, Dr. Mark McQuade, OBU assistant professor of music, in a revital at the OK Mozart Festival in Bartlesville, Okla., last summer. This fall, she will be playing the role of Emma in Shawnee Little Theatre's production of "Jekyll and Hyde."

"During my time at OBU, I hope to explore more professional opportunities and open doors for the students by continually networking with other voice professionals from the region and around the world," she said. "OBU has a tremendous amount of talent on campus, and I feel very strongly that we need to find ways to share that talent with the Shawnee community and beyond."