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Glenda Secrest

Dr. Glenda Secrest



  • Professor of Music



Professor Glenda Secrest serves Ouachita Baptist University since 1995 by teaching applied voice (classical and musical theatre), vocal diction, and Rep Prep Intensive.  Prior to her appointment at Ouachita, Secrest held positions at Cameron University, Lawton, Oklahoma; Chandler/Gilbert Community College, Gilbert, Arizona; and Manhattan Christian College, Manhattan, Kansas.

With training and expertise in both classical and musical theatre, Dr. Secrest holds her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance from The University of Memphis, where she studied with Pamela Gaston; the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Vocal Performance from Arizona State University, studying with Peggy Castle and Darleen Kliewer-Britton.  She has also studied with tenor Rico Serbo.  Secrest has coached with the renowned artists Natalie Limonick, Elly Ameling, and long time director of the coach accompanying program at Arizona State University, Lois McCleod.

Her opera credits include leading roles such as Rosina in Rossini’s  Il barbiere di Siviglia Mimi in Puccini’s  La Bohème Olympia in Offenbach’s  Les contes d’Hoffmann Gretel in Humperdinck’s  Hansel und Gretel , the Governess in  The Turn of Screw  by Benjamin Britten, the Mother in Menotti’s  Amahl and the Night Visitors Pamina and the Second Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte , and Susanna in  Le Nozze di Figaro  by Mozart.  Dr. Secrest’s performances in  Die Zauberflöte  and  Le Nozze di Figaro  were televised nationally.  On the lighter side of opera and musical theatre, she has performed in Trail by Jury , Pacific Overtures , Candide , and Mame , to name a few.

From the world of oratorio and other works with orchestra, Secrest has performed the  Christ on the Mount of Olives  by Beethoven, Borodin’s  Polovetsian Dances,Fantasy, Op. 80  by Beethoven, Bach’s  Cantata 140 , and Gounod’s  Messa Solennelle .  Other works include  The Young Dead Soldiers  by W. Schuman, scenes from Wilbur  by Randall Shinn,  The Seven Last Words of Christ by Dubois , Handel’s  Messiah , and  Mass of the Children  by John Rutter.

Dr. Secrest has appeared with orchestras in Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma; including the Texarkana Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Mesa Symphony, Scottsdale Symphony, Nouveau West Orchestra, Lawton Philharmonic and Lyric Opera of Arizona State University, and as a special guest with Steve Allen in the “Premiere of a New Century”.

Her directing credits include productions of  The Mikado Die Fledermaus, Hansel and Gretel, The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, Gianni Schicchi, The Pirates of Penzance, Alice in Wonderland, H.M.S. Pinafore, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Così fan tutte, Sid the Serpent Who Wanted to Sing, Wind in the Willows,  and  The Reluctant Dragon .  Dr. Secrest directed OBU’s ever popular Ouachita Sounds for seven years, directed the Lawton Philharmonic Chorale, the Chandler/Gilbert Community Chorale, the Arkansas Southwest Region Senior High All-Region SSAA Choir, in addition to the handbell choirs; Praise Ringers and Inspiration Ringers.

An active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Secrest is a former Arkansas President and has served as Auditions Chair.  Dr. Secrest has performed numerous times as part of the recurring members recitals held during alternating years at the Southern Region Conference and Auditions and also at State Conferences.  Her students have been NATS finalists and semi-finalists at both the state, regional level and national levels in classical and musical theatre categories.

In addition, her students have given performances on the stages of Broadway Tours, The Metropolitan Opera, Opera in the Ozarks, Wildwood Opera, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Branson Theatres, Cruise Lines, the Playhouse on the Square, and numerous other regional theatre companies.  Continuing their educational training, her students have been admitted into graduate programs at Boston Conservatory, Arizona State University, Evangel University, and Oklahoma City University, to name a few.  Competitions where her students have received significant awards include the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, The NATS National Music Theatre Competition, the VSA Arts Competition at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Hal Leonard Vocal Competition, the Trinity Presents Collegiate Showcase, Southern Region NATS, Arkansas NATS, the THEA Foundation Scholarship Competition, the Diamond State Chorus Scholarship Competition, and OBU's own Mary Shambarger Competition for Singers.

HIGHLIGHTS and ACCOMPLISHMENTS of some of Dr. Glenda Secrest’s students:

KAYLA WALKER, Mezzo-Belter, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Theatre Degree:

Disney College Program, 2017-2018.
First Place Winner, Upper Musical Theatre Division, Arkansas NATS Competition, 2016.
First Place Winner, Upper Musical Theatre Division, Southern Region NATS Competition, 2016.
Finalist, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival—Regional Musical Theatre Initiative, 2015.

JILLIAN TURNER, Coloratura Soprano, Bachelor of Music Degree:

Accepted into Graduate School TCU.  Awarded Graduate Assistant.
First Place Winner, Senior Women, Arkansas NATS Competition, 2015.
Second Place Winner, Upper Musical Theatre Division, Arkansas NATS Competition, 2015.
First Place Winner, The Mary Shambarger Competition for Singers, Ouachita Baptist University, 2015.
Second Place Winner, Lower Musical Theatre Division, Southern Region NATS Competition, 2012.

CHAD BURRIS, Tenor, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre Degree:

Broadway Tour The Book of Mormon   (Elder Cunningham), 2014, 2015, 2016.
First Place, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival—Regional Musical Theatre Initiative, 2014.
Runner Up Recipient,Trinity Collegiate Showcase Competition, Trinity Methodist Church, Little Rock, AR, 2014.
Honorable Mention Recipient, Trinity Collegiate Showcase Competition, Trinity Methodist Church, Little Rock, AR, 2013.
Avenue Q, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 2013.
First Place Winner, Lower Musical Theatre Division, Arkansas NATS Competition, 2013.
Fourth Place Recipient, The Mary Shambarger Competition for Singers, Ouachita Baptist University, 2013.
First Place Winner, Lower Musical Theatre Division and Finalist in Sophomore Men, Southern Region NATS Competition, 2012.
Multiple year finalist in Classical and Musical Theatre categories at Arkansas and Southern Region NATS Conferences.

CAITLIN SECREST, Soprano, Bachelor of Music in Performance Degree:


Performer, Silver Dollar City Echo Hollow, Branson, MO, 2018 season.
Performer, Beach Boys California Dreamin', Branson, MO, 2017 season.
Performer, ABBA, Thanks for the Music, Branson, MO, 2017 season.
Performer, Silver Dollar City Caroling Troupe, Branson, MO, fall 2016.
Missoula Children's Theatre Tour, Resident Performer, 2015-2016 season.
Wildwood Center Educational Outreach, Bremen Town Musicians, spring 2015.
Performer, Silver Dollar City Saloon Show, Branson, MO, fall 2014.
Finalist, 2014 NATS National Musical Theatre Competition.
Accepted at Boston Conservatory (Vocal Performance).
Finalist, ($500), Trinity Collegiate Showcase Competition, Trinity Methodist Church, Little Rock, AR, 2014.
First Place Award Winner ($500), The Mary Shambarger Competition for Singers, Ouachita Baptist University, 2014.
Selected for Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point Young Artist Program Eureka Springs, AR, Summer 2014.  Performed the role of Despina in Così fan tutte.
Finalist, Hal Leonard College/University Art Song Competition, 2014.
Honorable Mention, Hal Leonard College/University Musical Theatre Competition, 2014.
Finalist, Senior Women Division and Upper Musical Theatre Division, Arkasas NATS Competition, 2014.
Finalist, Senior Women Division, Southern Region NATS Competition, 2013.
Selected for Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point Young Artist Program Eureka Springs, AR, Summer 2013.  Performed the role of Giannetta in L'elisir d'amore.
OBU Division of Music Presser Scholar ($4,000 award), 2013.
Winner Arkansas Division, ($200), NFMC Collegiate Voice Competition, 2013.
Finalist, Senior Women Division, Southern Region NATS Competition, 2013.
First Place Winner, Junior Women Division, and Finalist in Upper Musical Theatre Division, Arkansas NATS Competition, 2013.
Finalist, ($500), Trinity Collegiate Showcase Competition, Trinity Methodist Church, Little Rock, AR, 2013.
Second Place Winner, ($300), The Mary Shambarger Competition for Singers, Ouachita Baptist University, 2013.
First Place, Junior Women Division and Finalist, Upper Musical Theatre Division, Arkansas NATS Competition, 2013.
First Place Award Winner ($500), The Mary Shambarger Competition for Singers, Ouachita Baptist University, 2012.
Friends of Fine Arts Scholar ($1,000), Ouachita Baptist University, 2012.
Honorable Mention Recipient, Trinity Collegiate Showcase Competition, Trinity Methodist Church, Little Rock, AR, 2012.
Selected for Festival South Young Artist Program, Hattiesburg, MS, 2012.
First Place, Sophomore Women Division, Southern Region NATS Competition, 2011.
Youngest participant in Emerging Artists Program, OPERAWORKS, Los Angeles, CA, 2011.
First Place, Lower Musical Theatre Division and Finalist, Freshman Women, Arkansas NATS Competition, 2011.
Finalist, Freshman Women Division, Southern Region NATS Competition, 2010.
Winner of  THEA Foundation scholarship ($2.500), 2010.
Winner of Diamond State Chorus scholarship, 2010.
Winner of Arkadelphia Philharmonic Club scholarship, 2010-2014.
Multiple year finalist in Classical and Musical Theatre categories at Arkansas and Southern Region NATS Conferences.

VICTORIA MANTOOTH, Soprano, Bachelor of Music in Performance:

Ph.D. Accepted and attending UCA
Accepted and attending Boston Conservatory (Vocal Performance), Fall 2014.  Graduated.
First Place Winner, Senior Women Division, Arkansas NATS Competition, 2014.
Musica nelle marche in Urbania, Italy, 2012, 2014.
Finalist, Sophomore Women Division, Southern Region NATS Competition,  2011.
Finalist, Freshman Women Division, Arkansas NATS Competition, 2011.
Finalist, Freshman Women Division, Southern Region NATS Competition, 2010.
Multiple year finalist and semi-finalist in Classical and Musical Theatre categories at Arkansas and Southern Region NATS Conferences. 

XAVIER LAGUNAS, Tenor, Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre:

Screen Actors Guild Union Member
Actor, Chicago Fire, Chicago, Il.
Actor, Chicago PD, Chicago, Il.
Actor, Empire, Chicago, Il.
Flash mob dancer, Empire, Chicago, Il.
Spanish McDonald's commercial, voice overs and educational videos.
Honorable Mention Recipient, The Mary Shambarger Competition for Singers, Ouachita Baptist University, 2012.
Finalist, Senior Men and Upper Musical Theatre Division, Arkansas NATS Competition, 2012.
Fourth Place Recipient, The Mary Shambarger Competition for Singers, Ouachita Baptist University, 2011.
First Place, Senior Men Division and Finalist, Upper Musical Theatre Division, Southern Region NATS Competition, 2011.
First Place, Junior Men Division and Finalist, Upper Musical Theatre Division, Arkansas NATS Competition, 2011.
First Place, Sophomore Men Division and Finalist, Lower Musical Theatre Division, Arkansas NATS Competition, 2010.
Friends of Fine Arts Scholar, Ouachita Baptist University, 2010.
Finalist, Sophomore Men Division, Southern Region NATS Competition, 2009.
First Place, Freshman Men Division, Arkansas NATS Competition, 2009.
First Place, Freshman Men Division, Southern Region NATS Competition, 2008.
Multiple year finalist in Classical and Musical Theatre categories at Arkansas and Southern Region NATS Conferences.

ELISABETH HIPP, Soprano, Bachelor of Music in Performance Degree:

Three time First Place Award Winner ($1,500), The Mary Shambarger Competition for Singers, Ouachita Baptist University, 2011, 2010, 2009.—First time in the history of the competition that the same student won first place three years in a row.
Two time Finalist ($1,000), Trinity Collegiate Showcase Competition, Trinity Methodist Church, Little Rock, AR, 2011, 2010.
First Place, Senior Women Division, Arkansas NATS Competition, 2011.
First Place, Junior Women Division, Arkansas NATS Competition, 2010.
World Premier of La Bisbetica Domata, an opera by Efrain Amaya in Citta della pieve, Italy, 2010.
Emerging Artists Program, OPERAWORKS, Los Angeles, CA, 2009.
Finalist, Junior Women Division, Southern Region NATS Compettion, 2009.
Finalist, Sophomore Women Division, Arkansas NATS Competition, 2009.
Friends of Fine Arts Voice Scholar, Ouachita Baptist University, 2009.
Finalist, Freshman Women Division, Arkansas NATS Competition, 2008.
Multiple year finalist in the Classical category at Arkansas and Southern Region NATS Conferences.

HANNAH CHAPMAN, Soprano, Bachelor of Music in Performance Degree:

Encouragement Award, Arkansas District Metropolitan Opera Auditions, 2010.
Honorable Mention Recipient, The Mary Shambarger Competition for Singers, Ouachita Baptist University, 2010.
Finalist, Senior Women Division, Arkansas NATS Competition, 2010.
Finalist, Junior Women Division, Arkansas NATS Competition, 2009.
Finalist, Sophomore Women Division, Arkansas NATS Competition, 2008.
Honorable Mention Recipient, The Mary Shambarger Competition for Singers, Ouachita Baptist University, 2008.
Multiple year finalist and semi-finalist in Classical and Musical Theatre categories at Arkansas and Southern Region NATS Conferences.

STEPHEN A. RAY, Baritone, Bachelor of Music:

NATIONAL GRAND FINALIST ($5,000 ), Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, NYC, 2008.
Helen Mosby-Gloria Nobles Award for Best Stage Presence, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, 2008.
NATIONAL SEMI-FINALIST, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, NYC, 2005.

In 2004, Dr. Secrest was selected through a competitive blind selection process to present her lecture recital entitled “Songs from Letters and Cowboy Songs by Libby Larsen: Two Different Approaches to Western Mythology and Western Mythological Figures” at the National Convention of the National Association of Teachers of Singing in New Orleans, LA.  Dr. Secrest’s article by the same name appears in the September/October 2007 issue of the Journal of Singing, the official professional journal of NATS.  In addition to being an active member of NATS, she is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society; Epsilon Delta Chapter and an alumnus of Sigma Alpha Iota.

In 1994, 2002, and again in 2004, Dr. Secrest was named by her students to appear in Who’s Who Among American’s Teachers.  She also appears in the 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014, and 2015 editions of Who’s Who in America, the 2007 edition of Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who of American Women 2008-2009 and 2010-2011 editions and Who’s Who in Academia 2011-2012 edition.  Her doctoral dissertation entitled “Songs from Letters and Cowboy Songs by Libby Larsen: Two Different Approaches to Western Mythology and Western Mythological Figures” earned her a spot in “Contemporary Authors”, the world’s primary directory for author information.  She has been the recipient of numerous OBU Faculty Development and Enrichment awards.

She resides in Arkadelphia, AR, with her wonderful husband of thirty-seven years, Jon.

E-mail: secrestg@obu.edu

Office Phone: (870) 245-5131

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