Jon Secrest

Style: Opera; Classical; Musical Theatre
Title: Coordinator, Vocal Studies Program, Ouachita Baptist Univeristy
Bio:

Dr. Jon Secrest – Tenor •Professor of Music •Coordinator, Vocal Studies Program Professor Secrest began his instruction at Ouachita Baptist University in 1994. He serves as Chair of the Applied Music Department, Coordinator of the Vocal Studies Program, co-director of the OBU Opera Theatre and musical director for Ouachita Musical Theatre productions. In addition to these responsibilities, he teaches vocal pedagogy and applied voice. Prior to his appointment at Ouachita, Secrest held positions at Cameron University, Lawton, Oklahoma; Phoenix College, Phoenix, Arizona; Manhattan Christian College, Manhattan, Kansas; and Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Arizona.

Dr. Secrest holds performance degrees from Friends University, where he studied with Leslie Meadow; Kansas State University, where he studied with Jerry Langenkamp; and Arizona State Univeristy, where he studied with Jerry Doan and Darleen Kliewer-Britton. He also studied singing with American tenor Rico Serbo. Secrest coached with Martial Singher, Gwendolyn Koldovsky, and Natalie Limonick at the Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara, California; Lois McCleod, long time director of the coach accompanying program at Arizona State University; and Richard Miller of the Oberlin Conservatory.

His opera credits include tenor leads in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Bizet’sCarmen, La Traviata by Verdi, Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni, Puccini’sLa Bohème, Verdi’s Falstaff, and Les contes d’Hoffmann by Jaques Offenbach. He has also sung Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw, Albert in Albert Herring, Fenton in Niccolai’s Merry Wives, and Ferrando in Così fan tutte by Mozart.

Performances of works with orchestra include the Messa di Gloria by Puccini, Schubert’s Mass in G Major, Christ on the Mount of Olives by Beethoven, Messiah by Handel, Mozart’s Requiem Mass, Psalmus Hungaricus by Kodaly, and tenor solos inThe Serenade to Music by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Other works from this genre include the Mozart Coronation Mass, Chandos Anthem: Psalm 42 by Handel, the Bach Magnificat, the Bruckner Te Deum, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Bach’s cantata 182, Welcome King of Heaven, The Bells by Rachmaninoff, In Memoriam Dylan Thomas by Igor Stravinsky, scenes fromWilbur by Randall Shinn, and the Mass of the Children by John Rutter.

Dr. Secrest has appeared with orchestras in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. These include the Phoenix Symphony, Mesa Symphony, Scottsdale Symphony, Nouveau West Orchestra, Lawton Philharmonic, Music Academy of the West, Shreveport Symphony, Lyric Opera of Arizona State University, the Arkansas Chamber Singers/Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and The Texarkana Symphony.

His directing/conducting credits include productions of Don Giovanni, Gianni Schicchi, The Pirates of Penzance, Alice in Wonderland, H.M.S. Pinafore, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Cosi fan tutte, Hansel and Gretel, Marriage of Figaro, The Mikado, The Ballad of Baby Doe, and TheMagic Flute. He has served as musical director for performances of The Drowsy Chaperone, Bye Bye Birdie, Seussical the Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Once Upon a Mattress, Children of Eden, The Sound of Music, Anything Goes, She Loves Me, South Pacific, My Fair Lady, Into the Woods, Godspell,Carousel, The Fantasticks and Fiddler on the Roof.

An active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Secrest is former Arkansas Governor and current Treasurer for the Arkansas Chapter. Dr. Secrest has performed numerous times as part of the recurring members recitals held during alternating years at the Southern Region Conference and Auditions. His students have been NATS semi-finalists and finalists at both the state and regional level. HIGHLIGHTS and ACCOMPLISHMENTS of some of Dr. Secrest’s students:

JACOB KEITH WATSON, Tenor, Bachelor of Arts in Music Theatre, 2011:

In February of 2013, Jacob was a featured musical theatre soloist at the Kurt Weill Festival in Dessau, Germany. First Place Winner ($5,000 Prize), 2012 innaugural NATIONAL NATS Music Theatre Competition, Orlando, FL Second Place Winner ($10,000 Prize), 2012 Lotte Lenya Competition sponsored by the Kurt Weill Foundation, NYC. Arkansas District Winner and Regional Stage Presence award, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, 2012. Selected as Resident Young Artist with Shreveport Opera, 2012-2013 season. Selected for Brevard Opera Training Program, 2012. Three time award winner (2009, 2010, 2011), The Mary Shambarger Competition for Singers, Ouachita Baptist University. First Place Winner ($1,500 Prize), Trinity Collegiate Showcase Competition, Trinity Methodist Church, Little Rock, AR, 2011. Governor’s Award, Southern Region NATS, 2010. Multiple year finalist in Classical and Musical Theatre categories at Arkansas and Southern Region NATS Conferences.

STEPHEN ANTHONY RAY, Baritone, Bachelor of Arts in Music, 2008:

Master of Music in Voice Performance, Rice University, 2011. NATIONAL GRAND FINALIST ($5,000 Prize), Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, NYC, 2008. Governor’s Award, Southern Region NATS Conference, 2007. NATIONAL SEMI-FINALIST, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, NYC, 2005. Multiple year finalist in Classical and Music Theatre categories at Arkansas and Southern Region NATS. Second Place Winner ($300 Prize) and First Place Winner ($500 Prize) in 2006 and 2007 Mary Shambarger Competition, Ouachita Baptist University.

GRACE JOHNSON, Soprano, Bachelor of Music in Performance Degree, 2012:

Finalist ($500 Prize), Trinity Collegiate Showcase Competition, Trinity Methodist Church, Little Rock, AR, 2012. Second place award winner ($300 Prize), 2012 Mary Shambarger Competition for Singers, Ouachita Baptist University. Multiple year finalist in Classical and Musical Theatre categories at Arkansas and Southern Region NATS Conferences. Accepted for candidacy in Master of Music program, University of North Texas, 2012.

CAITLIN SECREST, Soprano, Bachelor of Music in Performance Degree, 2014:

Selected for Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point Young Artist Program, Eureka Springs, AR, Summer, 2013. Finalist ($500 Prize), Trinity Presents Collegiate Showcase Competition, Trinity United Methodist Church, Little Rock, AR, 2013 Winner Arkansas Division ($200 Prize), NFMC Collegiate Voice Competition, 2013. First Place Winner, Junior Women Classification, Arkansas NATS Competition, 2013. Fourth Place Winner, Upper Division Music Theatre Classification, Arkansas NATS Competition, 2013. Second Place Winner ($300 Prize), 2013 Mary Shambarger Music Theatre Competition for Singers, Ouachita Baptist University. OBU Friends of Fine Arts Vocal Scholar ($1,000), May 2012. Honorable Mention, Trinity Collegiate Showcase Competition, Trinity Methodist Church, Little Rock AR, 2012. First place award winner ($500 Prize), 2012 Mary Shambarger Art Song Competition for Singers, Ouachita Baptist University. Selected for Festival South Young Artist Program, Hattiesburg, MS, 2012. Muliple year finalist in Classical and Musical Theatre categories at Arkansas and Southern Region NATS Conferences. Youngest participant in Emerging Artists Program, OPERA WORKS, Los Angeles, CA, 2011. Winner of THEA Foundation scholarship ($2,500), 2010.

JOEL ROGIER, Baritone, Bachelor of Music in Performance Degree, 2014:

Honorable Mention, Trinity Presents Collegiate Showcase Competition, Trinity United Methodist Church, Little Rock, AR, 2013. First Place Winner, Junior Men Classification, Arkansas NATS Competition, 2013. OBU Friends of Fine Arts Scholar ($1,000), May 2012. Honorable Mention, Trinity Collegiate Showcase Competition, Trinity Methodist Church, Little Rock, AR, 2012. Selected for Emerging Artists Program, OPERA WORKS, Los Angeles, CA, 2012. Multiple year finalist in Classical category at Arkansas NATS Conferences.

ANDREW MILLER, Baritone:

Accepted for study at the Boston Conservatory beginning fall of 2012. Encouragement Award, Arkansas District Metropolitan Opera Auditions, 2011. Three time Honorable Mention Award winner, The Mary Shambarger Competition for Singers, Ouachita Baptist University. Multiple year finalist in Classical and Musical Theatre categories at Arkansas and Southern Region NATS Conferences. Multiple year participant in Brevard Opera Training program.

KYLE HUEY, Tenor, Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre, 2010:

Buzz Lightyear in Disney Cruise production of Toy Story, 2013-2014. Resident Company, Sight and Sound Theatre, Pennsylvania, 2011-2012. Resident Company Member, Playhouse on the Square, Memphis, TN, 2011 First Place Winner ($1,500 Prize), Trinity Collegiate Showcase Competition, Trinity Methodist Church, Little Rock, AR, 2010. Two time award winner (2009, 2010), The Mary Shambarger Competition for Singers, Ouachita Baptist University. Multiple year finalist in Musical Theatre category at Arkansas and Southern Region NATS Conferences.

VALERIE EVE WOODBURN, Soprano, Bachelor of Music in Theory Composition, 2007:

Encouragement Award, Arkansas District Metropolitan Opera Auditions, 2007. Two time award winner (2006, 2007), The Mary Shambarger Competition for Singers, Ouachita Baptist University. Multiple year finalist in Classical Category at Arkansas and Southern Region NATS.

JOSHUA PAYNE, Baritone, Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance, 2000:

Singer/Songwriter/Recording Artist, Nashville, TN, 2002 to present; www.joshuapayne.com. Master of Music in Voice Performance, University of Memphis, 2002. Multiple year finalist in Classical and Music Theatre Categories and Arkansas and Southern Region NATS. Award winner (1999), The Mary Shambarger Competition for Singers, Ouachita Baptist University

RAN and RICKY JACKSON, THE DAYLIGHTS

Indie Rock Artsists based in Southern California; www.thedaylights.com

Dr. Secrest’s students have also won competitions sponsored by the Hot Springs Music Club, and the Phoenix Theatre Guild.

He is a member of the music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha, and the music honor society Pi Kappa Lambda. His doctoral dissertation is “An Annotated Bibliography of Thirty Twentieth-Century Works for Tenor Voice and Instruments.”

In the years 2000, 2004, and 2006, Dr. Secrest was selected by his students for inclusion in Who’s Who in America’s Teachers. He is also the recipient of numerous OBU Faculty Development and Enrichment awards for study at workshops sponsored by NATS.

Additional citations have come in the from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for “Excellence in Musical Direction” and “Excellence in Musical Performance” for OBU’s presentation of Godspell. While teaching at Cameron, he was nominated by State Senator Butch Hooper for both the Oklahoma Governor’s Arts Award and the Oklahoma Medal for Excellence in Teaching.

He resides in Arkadelphia, AR, with his lovely wife of thirty-two years, Glenda, and their daughter Caitlin. E-mail: secrestj@obu.edu Office Phone: (870) 245-5134

Voice Type: Tenor
Music Styles Taught: Opera; Classical; Musical Theatre
Availability: I am available as a performer; I am available as a clinician or presenter; I accept students through a college or university program

Contact Information

Studio

410 Ouachita St.
Studio 407, Mabee Fine Arts Building, OBU
Arkadelphia, AR
USA 71998-0001

TEL: 870-245-5134
MOBILE: 870-403-1157
FAX: 870-245-5274

E-mail: secrestj@obu.edu

Vcard: import to my address book

Associated with Glenda Secrest.

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