Oklahoma Baptist University

College of Fine Arts, Division of Music

Shawnee, Oklahoma

November 3-5, 2010

Edward Baird Singer of the Year Preliminaries – November 2, 2011



To inquire about on-site registration, please contact Texoma Treasurer/Registrar Randy Umstead at the following address:  .


We are really looking forward to our 2011 conference to be held on the campus of Oklahoma Baptist University.  Mark McQuade, our site coordinator, and the Oklahoma Baptist University faculty and administration have graciously devoted their time and efforts to ensuring that all necessary arrangements for a great conference are in place.  Thank you, OBU!


Click on the following links for information about the Oklahoma Baptist College of Fine Arts, Department of Music, and for a campus map.


OBU College of Fine Arts

OBU Division of Music


The conference and student auditions will take place in several buildings around campus, all within easy walking distance.  These locations and available parking lots are indicated on your map:

Raley Chapel (RC)

Geiger Center (GC)

Bailey Business Center

Stubblefield Chapel

Shawnee Hall 


Conference program

Metropolitan Opera soprano, Leona Mitchell, will return to her native Texoma region as the Guest Artist for this year’s conference. Grammy Award winning Soprano, Leona Mitchell has emerged as one of America’s most beloved and celebrated artists.  Miss Mitchell spent 18 Seasons as a leading Spinto Soprano at the Metropolitan Opera in New York where she portrayed many dramatic and lyric roles in masterpieces such as Aida, La Forza Del Destino, Il Trovatore, Manon Lescaut, La Bohème, The Masked Ball, Madame Butterfly, and Turandot.  She has appeared at many of the world’s most prestigious opera houses including those in Berlin, Australian, Rome, Caracalla, Vienna, Paris, London, Chili, Buenos Aires, Canadian, Mexican, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Santa Fe, Bordeaux, Marseille, Parma and Hamburg, to name a few. Symphonic collaborations include Zubin Mehta with The New York Philharmonic; James Levine and


The Chicago Symphony; Seji Ozawa, The Boston Philharmonic; Kurt Mazur with The Israeli Philharmonic; and Lorin Maazel, The Cleveland Orchestra with whom she collaborated to record the first full version of Porgy and Bess.  A highly regarded recitalist, Miss Mitchell has appeared at New York’s Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, The Los Angeles Music Center, the UCLA Concert Series, Ambassador Auditorium and in Geneva, Sydney, Hong Kong, Japan, Tokyo, San Francisco, Barcelona, Paris and Australia.


The Thursday evening performance will be held in Potter Auditorium on the campus of OBU and admission will be $15 per ticket.  Be sure to purchase tickets for yourselves and your students with your online registration.


On Friday evening, the Oklahoma Baptist University Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts will present the classic Broadway musical, Brigadoon, with lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe.  You and your students will not want to miss this performance.  Tickets may be purchased at $15 each with your online registration. 

Brigadoon is the story of an enchanted Scottish village that appears for only one day every one hundred years.  The villagers have a covenant with God that no one from Brigadoon may ever leave, otherwise the village and its inhabitants will disappear into the mist forever.  The arrival of two American tourists may have serious implications…

The 2011 Artist Series will feature performances and lectures by Texoma NATS members, a Master Class with our Guest Artist, Leona Mitchell, a new “Master Teacher Series” featuring a Master Class with William McGraw, baritone and professor at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a special performance by 2010 Texoma NATSAA winner, Lisa Owens.



Once again this year you will have the opportunity to register for the conference, enter your students for our annual auditions, and make your payments online.  Frank Ragsdale, our Auditions Chair, will be working to make our student auditions run smoothly.  Please check the Student Auditions information on the website.  The appropriate number of Student Audition Entry Forms will automatically load when you fill out your registration.  This process is quick and easy to use from the convenience of your office or home.  Remember that you now have the ability to save as you go, making it more convenient for you when those inevitable interruptions occur to come back to your registration process and pick up where you left off!  When you access the Conference Registration Form, you will see that our fees have remained at $50 for Conference Registration ($55 for late registration) and $50 for the Edward Baird Singer of the Year entry fee; however the Student Entry Fee has been raised to $20 in order to cover the costs of outsourcing our Auditions Scheduling.  I trust that you will be as excited as all of us are about the convenience and cost effectiveness of our online registration process.


Toward the end of what I hope has been a relaxing and rejuvenating summer I invite you to begin planning ahead so that you will not miss our Fall Conference and these exciting programs.  I look forward to seeing you all in Shawnee!


Deborah Williamson, Texoma Region Governor