Ouachita Baptist University’s Division of Music will host the 19th annual Mary Shambarger Competition for Singers Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 2 p.m. in Mabee Fine Arts Center’s McBeth Recital Hall. This year’s competition features arias from opera and oratorio, and the performances are free and open to the public.
The Shambarger Competition is an opportunity for Ouachita students studying vocal music to expand their repertoire and gain experience auditioning in a professional setting. The event was founded by Mary Shambarger, Ouachita professor emerita of music. Shambarger served on Ouachita’s music faculty for 32 years as a voice instructor, classroom teacher and founder of Ouachi-Tones and Ouachita Sounds vocal ensembles. She and her husband, Dr. Jake Shambarger, professor emeritus of education, endowed the competition after their retirement, and she continues to be involved in the competition as a judge.
Spears, Kacy and Ouachita News Bureau, "Ouachita to host Shambarger Competition for Singers Feb. 21" (2017). Press Releases. 338.