Dr. Garrett teaches Studio Voice and Vocal Literature at OBU. Other classes taught include 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). 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, 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, Dawn Upshaw, and Earle Patriarco.
Students of Dr. Garrett often perform as soloists in operas, musicals, choirs, jazz band, and Tiger Tunes 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. They have also received awards at the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions, Trinity Presents Collegiate Showcase in Little Rock, the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Musical Theater Initiative, and OBU’s Shambarger Vocal Competition. Places where Dr. Garrett’s students have performed professionally include: Million Dollar Quartet National Tour; Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios (Orlando, FL); Sight & Sound Theatre (Lancaster, PA); Six Flags Over Texas (Arlington, TX); Silver Dollar City (Branson, MO); Missoula Children’s Theater (Missoula, MT); Prima Theatre (Lancaster, PA); Wayside Theater (VA); Horn in the West (Boone, NC); TEXAS Outdoor Musical (Canyon, TX); the Plano Children’s Theater (Plano, TX); and Murry’s Dinner Playhouse (Little Rock, AR). They have participated in programs such as OBU’s NYC Professional Intensive for Musical Theatre, Broadway Artist Alliance Workshops, Broadway Comes to Denver, the University of Miami Salzburg Program, and the Musica nelle marche opera program in Italy. Her students have been accepted into graduate programs at North Texas University, New York University, and Indiana University-Bloomington. Her former students work as voice teachers, music educators, music librarians, and worship leaders.
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. Dr. Garrett has also 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. 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. 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. Her musical theater credits include My Fair Lady, A Little Night Music, The Most Happy Fella, Once Upon a Mattress, Grease, and church music dramas.
A recipient of many awards and scholarships, she has won the Kentucky NATSAA competition (2006), has received a Young Leaders Award from NATS (2006), and was awarded a Performer’s Certificate (2008) and the Jay W. Wilkey Vocal Artist of the Year Award (2006) from SBTS. 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.