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 Vocal Diction II: German and French, The Ouachita Sounds (show choir), and Sight to Stage: The Journey Stories Take Becoming Operas and Musicals (Honors Seminar). Her previous teaching 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 in Voice Performance from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Master of Music in Voice Performance from Indiana University-Bloomington, a Bachelor of Music 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, Mozelle Clark Sherman, Patricia Stiles, Mary Ann Hart, George Shirley (Aspen Music Festival), and Marilyn Taylor. She has had the privilege of working in seminars and master classes with Robert Edwin, Jeannette LoVetri, Richard Miller, Julianne Baird, and Dawn Upshaw.
Most recently, Dr. Garrett 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.
In 2014, she was a featured artist in a program entitled, Gems of French Opera, presented by Opera in Concert in Dallas, Texas. 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, 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, Piedmont Opera, Opera Carolina, and the Indiana University Opera Theater.
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.
Dr. Garrett has presented many faculty recitals at OBU, as well as at Historic Washington State Park, Camden Music Club, Arkadelphia Philharmonic Club, Blue Mountain College, Campbellsville University, and Lindsey-Wilson College, and other venues.
Her musical theater credits include My Fair Lady, A Little Night Music, The Most Happy Fella, Once Upon a Mattress, and Grease. In June of 2019, she will the play Mrs. Phelps in Matilda at The Studio Theater in Little Rock. Her son, David, will be featured as Nigel in the same production.
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 court of Honor at 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
Million Dollar Quartet National Tour
Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios (Orlando, FL)
Jedi Training Program (Nedriss)
Indiana Jones Stunt Show
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)
Hairspray, Murry’s Dinner Playhouse (Little Rock, AR)
The Wizard of Oz, Murry’s Dinner Playhouse (Little Rock, AR)
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