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Maggie Garrett

maggie garrettDr. Maggie Garrett – Soprano

  • Associate Professor of Music, Voice
  • Auditions Chair, Arkansas National Association of Teachers of Singing

Dr. Garrett has taught at OBU since 2008. She teaches Studio Voice and Vocal Literature regularly and has also taught include Vocal Diction II: German and French, The Ouachita Sounds (show choir), Sight to Stage: The Journey Stories Take Becoming Operas and Musicals (Honors Seminar), and OBU Connections: Becoming the Beatles. Her previous positions have been at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky; Boyce College, Louisville, Kentucky; and Lindsey-Wilson College, Campbellsville, Kentucky.

She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice Performance from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from Indiana University-Bloomington, a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and a high school diploma with concentrations in voice and harp from the Baltimore School for the Arts. Her vocal teachers have included Heather and Edward Crafts, Patricia Stiles, Mary Ann Hart, George Shirley (Aspen Music Festival), Carla Lefevre, Marilyn Taylor, and Marjorie Halbert. She has had the privilege of working in seminars and master classes with Sheri Sanders (Rock the Audition), Edrie Means Weekly (CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute) Robert Edwin (Bach to Rock), Jeannette LoVetri, (Somatic VoiceWorks), Richard Miller (Vocal Pedagogy Workshop at IU), Julianne Baird (Early Music Institute at Eastman), and Dawn Upshaw. (2008 NATS National Convention).

In September of 2019, Dr. Garrett performed Caffeinated; a recital based on the Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre senior recital. It included classical songs and arias, vocal chamber music, musical theatre songs and duets, a song and tap dance number, and a scene by Shakespeare. In 2016, she co-wrote and performed an autobiographical musical theatre cabaret about motherhood, Everything Changes, with OBU professor John Alec Briggs serving as pianist and music director. The show was co-written and directed by Broadway veteran Kelli Barrett (Liza Minelli – Fosse/Verdon) and has been presented at the 2018 National Association of Teachers of Singing National Conference (Las Vegas, NV), OBU (twice), Arkansas Tech University, and Blue Mountain College.

She was a featured artist in a program entitled, Gems of French Opera, presented by Opera in Concert in Dallas, Texas, in 2014. Other opera credits include the title role in Little Red Riding Hood, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, Sandrina in La Finta Giardiniera, Laurie in The Tender Land, Emmie in Albert Herring, Worldly Spirit in The Obligation of the First Commandment, and Mary, the Mother of Jesus, in Rendezvous with Destiny (World Premiere). She has also performed with the Kentucky Opera (Dialogues des Carmélites, Les pêcheurs de perles, Madama Buttlerfly, La bohème), Piedmont Opera (Cavaliere Rusticana/I Pagliacci, Il Trovatore, Don Giovanni, L’elisir d’amore), Opera Carolina (La bohème), and the Indiana University Opera Theater (Suor Angelica, La bohème) and IU Opera Educational Tour (Polly in Polly Patchwork).

She has performed as an oratorio soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Fauré’s Requiem, Haydn’s Creation, Brahms’ German Requiem, Bach’s Magnificat, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Vaughan Williams’ Pilgrim’s Progress. As an orchestral soloist, she has performed Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate, Glière’s Concerto for Coloratura Soprano and Orchestra, and Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre.

Her theater credits include It’s a Wonderful Life, Matilda, My Fair Lady, A Little Night Music, The Butterfingers Angel, The Most Happy Fella, Once Upon a Mattress, Play It Again, Sam, Jonah and the German Whale, and Grease.

Dr. Garrett is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, National Opera Association, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, Sigma Alpha Iota, and the Musical Theatre Educators’ Alliance.

Students of Dr. Garrett often perform as soloists in operas, musicals, choirs, jazz band, Tiger Tunes, Festival of Christmas, and the Miss OBU Pageant Ouachita. Many of her students have been finalists and semifinalists at both the state and regional levels of National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) auditions for classical and musical theatre, as well as in OBU’s annual Mary Shambarger Vocal Competition.

Selected Achievements by Dr. Garrett’s Students

Professional Performances

  • Million Dollar Quartet National Tour
  • Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios (Orlando, FL)
    • Jedi Training Program (Nedriss)
    • Indiana Jones Stunt Show (Marian)
    • The Great American Movie Ride
  • Sight & Sound Theatre (Lancaster, PA)
  • Prima Theatre (Lancaster, PA)
  • Arkansas Children’s Theatre (Little Rock, AR)
  • Wayside Theater (VA)
  • TEXAS Outdoor Musical (Canyon, TX)
  • Horn in the West (Boone, NC)
  • Missoula Children’s Theatre (Missoula, MT)
  • Trumpet in the Land (New Philadelphia, OH)
  • Six Flags over Texas (Dallas, TX)
  • Silver Dollar City (Branson, MO)
  • Murry’s Dinner Playhouse (Little Rock, AR)

Summer Programs

  • Musica nellle marche opera in Italy program
  • Opera in Italy
  • OBU’s NYC Professional Intensive for Musical Theatre
  • Broadway Artist Alliance Workshops
  • University of Miami Salzburg Program


  • Arkansas District Metropolitan Opera Encouragement Award Winner
  • Winner, Trinity Presents Collegiate Performance Showcase (2013)
  • Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Musical Theater Initiative (KCFTCF) Music Theatre Winner

Graduate Program Acceptances

  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Alabama
  • North Texas University
  • New York University
  • Indiana University-Bloomington

Honors Thesis

  • Going Mad: A Comprehensive Study of the Mad Scene in Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Office Phone: (870) 245-5271

Dr. Garrett Playlist

Student Playlist

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