Oklahoma Baptist University

Stephens to Perform Junior Recital March 13

OBU student Sarah Stephens will perform her junior recital Tuesday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Yarborough Auditorium in Raley Chapel on the OBU campus. The community is invited to attend.

Stephens is a vocal performance major from Tulsa, Okla. The daughter of Philip and Mary Ann Stephens, she is from the studio of Dr. Jennifer McQuade, assistant professor of music. During the performance, Stephens will be assisted by OBU student Ashlyn Streck, mezzo-soprano, and Dr. Keith Whitmore, staff accompanist, on piano.

The recital will include works by Handel, Fauré, Debussy, Duparc, Brahms, Burleigh and Donizetti, performed by Stephens. The recital also will include works by Schumann, Bowles and Rossini, performed by Streck, as well as a piece by Delibes, performed by both Stephens and Streck.

Stephens is a member of Chorale, Sigma Alpha Iota, David’s Creed, Campus Activities Board, Fellowship of Christian Musicians and Stage Band. She has served as a Welcome Week Worker and Crew member. She has been named to the President’s Honor Roll, served as a Junior Class Marshall and is a member of Phi Eta Sigma.

During her time on Bison Hill, Stephens was selected as a performer in the 2011 Concerto-Aria Concert. She was a soloist at the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma in 2010. She has completed master classes with Shirley Close and Deborah Williamson. She was a semi-finalist at Texoma NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc.) and a finalist and second-place winner at Oklahoma NATS.

Stephens has performed as a soloist in Handel’s “Messiah”; as Cinderalla in Sondheim’s “Into the Woods”; as Laticia in Menotti’s “The Old Maid and the Thief”; as Susanna in “The Marriage of Figaro”; as Fanchette in Offenbach’s “The Lantern Marriage”; and as Fiona in Lerner and Lowe’s “Brigadoon.”

Following graduation, she plans to pursue graduate studies.

The audience is invited to a reception in Raley Chapel room 142 immediately following the recital.

For more information about the recital, contact the OBU Division of Music at (405) 878-2305 or e-mail music@okbu.edu.

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