McQuade Receives National Honor

Dr. Mark McQuade, Oklahoma Baptist University assistant professor of music, was recently honored by the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) with the esteemed Emerging Leader's Award.

McQuade was given the award for his committed involvement in NATS on the chapter, district and regional levels. The cash award is intended to cover costs for individuals' planning to attend the NATS National Conference. This year's conference is to be held July 2-6 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

"Attending this kind of conference is of vital importance in my field," McQuade said. "It allows me to stay in touch with current developments in scholarship and performance throughout the world."

McQuade said the July conference sessions and workshops will include "Body Mapping," "Solo and Choral Singing: a Symbiotic Relationship," "Studio Management and Technology," "Preparing for Opera Auditions," "20th Century African American Women Composers," and much more.

After attending the conference, McQuade will develop a program and present it at the NATS Texoma Regional Conference. His presentation is to feature elements of what he gathered at the national conference. The 2010 Texoma Regional Conference is slated for November at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, with the 2011 conference to be hosted by OBU.

NATS serves as the largest organization for teachers of singing in the world. The group has more than 6,500 members from nations across the globe. The NATS Web site cites its mission: "To encourage the highest standards of the vocal art and of ethical principles in the teaching of singing; and to promote vocal education and research at all levels, both for the enrichment of the general public and for the professional advancement of the talented."

"It [NATS] provides great networking and continuing education for voice teachers," McQuade said. "As I continue to educate myself and develop my skills as an educator and performer, my students reap the benefits."

McQuade earned a bachelor's degree in vocal performance from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, a master's degree in vocal performance from the University of Oklahoma, and a doctorate in music, vocal pedagogy, from the University of Mississippi.