Faculty (Resumes follow)
Voice Recital Coach/Accompanist James Maase
Language and Interpretation Christopher Lacy
Musical Style and Performance Dr. Ann Chotard
Improvisation for the Theatre Dr. Ann Chotard
Dance for Singers/Choreographer Dr. Dorothy Graves
Opera Coach/Accompanist Kristina Marinova
Stage Director Dr. Ann Chotard
Conceptual Stage Designer Irving Milton Duke
Costumer Hannah Mills
Private Voice Dr. Martha Antolik
Private Piano James Maase
Dr. Phyllis Ruocco
Rudiments of Music I and II Dr. Phyllis Ruocco
Elementary Harmony Dr. Phyllis Ruocco
Sight-Singing/Rhythmic Study Dr. Phyllis Ruocco
Ear Training (Solfege)/Dictation Dr. Phyllis Ruocco
Master Classes Guest Professional Artists
Composer-In-Residence Dr. Robert Boury
DMA University of Memphis
MM Louisiana State University
BA Samford University
Martha Antolik, mezzo-soprano, has been a Regional Finalist twice in
the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in the Gulf Coast and Mid-South
Regions. She has sung and acted in summer stock with the Starlight
Theater in Indianapolis, IN, and has been an Apprentice Artist with the
Santa Fe Opera Company. She also has soloed with many regional
orchestras and opera companies including the Memphis Symphony,
Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Fort Smith Symphony, Birmingham
Civic Opera, Lake Charles Symphony, New Orleans Symphony and
Opera, Opera Theater at Wildwood and has toured Spain as alto soloist
in performances of Handel’s Messiah. She recently appeared on the
program of the National NATS Convention where she performed
Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with the UCA Faculty
Dr. Antolik received a DMA degree at the University of Memphis, an
MM degree at Louisiana State University, and a BA at Samford
University. She was cited in the Arkansas Times as Soloist of the Year
for her performance with the Arkansas Symphony in the Verdi
Requiem. She is the former President of the Arkansas Chapter of the
National Association of Teachers of Singing and has served on its
Regional Board of Control. Her students have won numerous
competitions including the State and Regional Metropolitan Opera
Auditions, the National Society of Arts and Letters competition and the
NATS Regional and State student competitions. They have also
appeared as soloists with the Sarasota Opera, Knoxville Opera, Opera
Birmingham, Semperoper Dresden, the Arkansas Symphony, the
Greater Miami Dade Equity Theater, Lost Colony Summer Musicals and
the Arkansas Repertory Theater.
DMA University of Michigan
MM Manhatten School of Music
BM Manhatten School of Music
Dr. Boury is Professor of music theory and composition and Resident
Composer at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, since 1981. He
coordinates a Visiting Artists program for youth at St. Luke’s Episcopal
Church–North Little Rock. Education: attended Chautauqua
Institution–Jamestown, New York (summers of 1963, 1964, 1965);
piano studies (1955–64) with Dorothy Ackerman Zoeckler in Wheeling,
West Virginia; B.M. (1968) in composition and M.M. (1969) in
composition at the Manhattan School of Music–New York City, studied
composition with David Diamond and Mario Davidovsky; D.M.A. (1972)
in composition at the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor, studied
composition with Ross Lee Finney, and Leslie Bassett. His music is
published by Boury Music, Encora Music Press, Encore Publications,
and C. F. Peters, and can be heard on the Gasparo recording label.
Additional information about the composer:
Bowl, Cat, Broomstick, op. 35, 1988. Opera, 1 act.
Cedar Tree and Riverwater, op. 37, 1990. Opera, 1 act.
Maggie, op. 42, 1991. Ragtime musical.
Grandmother Spider, op. 63, 2008. Children’s opera, 1 act.
Seastruck, op. 64, 2010, Children’s opera, 1 act.
Four Songs on Death, WoO 2, Mez, pf, 1966.
Three Serious Songs, WoO 3, S, pf, 1967.
American Names, op. 5, v, pf, 1979.
Trying to Pray, op. 6, v, pf, 1980.
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird, op. 7, v, ww qnt, nar, 1980.
The Branch Will Not Break, op. 8, v, pf, 1981.
Nonsense Songs, op. 9, v, pf, 1983.
A Field Guide to the Birds, op. 11, v, pf, 1983.
Flower Songs, op. 12, v, pf, 1983.
Five Love Songs, op. 17, v, pf, 1984.
Two Prayers, op. 18, v, 1984.
Just Before Dawn, op. 23, v, vc, pf, 1985.
Two Peace Songs, op. 24, v, pf, 1985.
Spring Songs, op. 25, v, pf or 2 gui, 1985.
Song of the Silver Pine, op. 26, v, pf, 1986; op. 26a, v, cl, vn, va, vc,
A Bowlful of Rinos, op. 27, v, pf, 1985.
Two Love Songs, op. 28, v, fl, cl, pf, 1985.
The American Sublime, op. 29, v, pf, 1987.
Sleeping in the Forest, op. 30, v, pf, 1987.
The Region November, op. 31, v, pf, 1987.
Carnations, op. 32, v, pf, 1988.
In the Midst of Winter, op. 33, v, pf, 1988.
Elegies, op. 34, v, pf, 1980–90.
November by the Sea, op. 40, v, pf, 1991.
3 Love Songs, op. 44, Bar, pf, 1996.
New Folk Songs, op. 46, S, pf or gui, 1998.
The Tree of Night, op. 47, S, pf, 1998.
Chinese Songs, op. 49, Mez, pf, 1998.
Three Wishes, op. 50, S, pf, 1999.
At Morning Star, op. 52, Bar or Mez, pf, 2001.
In the Garden of the Lord, op. 54, Mez, pf, 2001.
To Dream Again, op. 56, S, pf, 2002.
Domination of Black, op. 57, Mez, pf, 2003.
Of History and Hope, op. 58, Mez, choir, pf, 2004.
Nativity Songs, op. 59, S, pf, 2005?
The Mathematician, op. 3a, children’s choir, nars, 1986.
Good Friday Cantata, op. 13, SATB, S & T, org or pf, 1984.
Three Sacred Pieces, op. 13a, SATB, org or pf, 1984.
American Madrigals, op. 14, women’s vv, ob, gui, pf or hp, 1980–84.
Motets, op. 38, SATB, 1990.
For the Governor, op. 43, choir, 1992. 3 hymns.
Sonata for Piano, WoO 1, 1965.
Fantasie, Ostinato and Fugue for Piano, WoO 4, 1968.
Honk for Piano and Tape, Woo 8, 1970. See Elec.
Blues, Rags and Stomps, op. 1, 1970–73.
Suite for Piano, op. 2a, 1974.
Hats’n Horns, op. 3, 1974.
Two Beguines, op. 4, 2 pf, 1975.
Duelin’ Pianos, op. 10d, 2 pf, 1973.
The Mice Will Play, op. 19, pf 8 hd, 1981.
Portrait of Chopin, op. 20, 1985.
Sonatina, op. 53, 2000.
12 Moth Toccatas for Piano, op. 60, 2007.
Cherokee Months for Piano, op.61, 2007.
Three Lost Waltzes for Piano, op. 62, 2008.
Sonata for Solo Cello, WoO 6a, 1968.
Sonata for Two Violoncellos, WoO 6b, 1968.
Migration, WoO 11, fl, ob, pf, 1986.
Ten Bagatelles (Butterflies of North America), op. 7a, sax qt, 1988; op.
7b, ww qnt, 1988.
String Quartet, op. 10c, 1984.
Beautiful Ohio, op. 15, eng hn, str qt, 1980.
Fantasia and Mimesis, op. 15b, vc ens, 1985.
Piano Trio, op. 16, 1983.
Duo, op. 16a, fl, pf, 1983.
Celebrations, op. 21, brass ens, 1981.
Ballade, op. 22, vc or t sax, pf, 1985.
Country Caprices, op. 36, 2 va, 1988; op. 36a, 2 vn, 1988; op. 36b, 2
vc, 1988; op. 36c, bn, vc, 1988; op. 36d, ob, vn, 1988.
Two Blues, op. 39, vn, pf, 1970–86.
Poem, op. 45a, fl, pf, 1998; op. 45b, fl, ob, pf, 1998; op. 45c, vc, pf,
1998; op. 45d, t sax, pf, 1998.
Hymns to the Night, op. 48, pf trio, nar, 1998.
Lives of the Great Butterflies, op. 51, 2 a rec, t rec, 1999.
Ballade No. 2, op. 55a, ob, tpt, pf, 2001.
Sonata-Ballade, op. 55b, vc, pf, 2002.
Summer Music, WoO 7, 1968. See Awards, 1968.
Grylli, WoO 9, 1971. See Awards, 1971.
The Alligator Bride, WoO 10, chbr orch, 1972.
A Toy Symphony, op. 2, 1974.
Frontier Overture, op. 10, 1976.
Folk Symphony, op. 10a, 1983; op. 10, str orch, 1984.
Orchestra with Solo Instrument
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, WoO 5, 1967.
Three Pastorales, op. 15a, eng hn, str orch, 1980.
Honk for Piano and Tape, WoO 8, 1970.
Selected Awards & Honors
1968: Summer Music (Orch), BMI Award.
1971: Grylli (Orch), Joseph H. Bearnes Prize.
Gasparo (GSCD 274), 1989: Chbr Ens: Ballade, op. 22, 1985.
Irving Milton Duke
Conceptual State Designer
Sets, Costumes, Lighting
Theatre, Opera, Dance, Television, Architecture
Irving Milton Duke's production design projects have been seen in
theatres across the United States, Canada, South America and Europe.
He has designed for the stages of the Metropolitan Opera, the Kennedy
Center and on and off Broadway. Dukes dance pieces, numbering
hundreds include, "Fire Sermon", "Gala Performance", "Feast of
Ashes", "All That Glitters" for HBO and several "Sleeping Beauties." His
special events include the design of the 50th Anniversary Celebration
of American Ballet Theatre at the Met, with 50 years of ballet stars, as
well as the premier of the First International Festival of the Arts at
Lincoln Center, celebrating the work of Anthony Tudor, John Butler,
Alvin Ailey, and Baryshnikov, with the history of American Dance.
Duke started at the Santa Fe Opera, just out of high school as a new
designer. He went on to design for the Metropolitan Opera Studio
Tours in New York and in Germany to work with director Roudolph
For the theatre, Duke has unusual concepts, i.e. "The Local Stigmatic"
for Al Pacino, "Desire Under the Elms" for Eva Marie Saint, "The Ladies
on the Second Floor, II and the surprising scenic concept for "A Thread
of Scarlet." He has served as resident designer for the American
Conservatory Theatre, The American Shakespeare Company and the
principal designer for The Opera Theatre at Wildwood. Duke has
designed lighting for Peggy Lee, Gladys Knight, Tony Bennett, Dionne
Warwick, Dick Clark and others. Other favorite projects include his
work for children, such as the Prince Street Players for CBS, the Young
World Foundation and Swan White.
As a direct extension of his work, Duke has been chosen to light
historic architecture and interiors, including the new interior lighting
with the storm lighting for the historic stained glass at St.
Barthalamou's. Duke created highly theatrical lighting for St. Peters,
S1. Andrews and Christ Church, built in 1736 and on the National
Register of Historic Places. Chosen as the exclusive production
designer for the 150th Anniversary for Britain's Cunnard Steam Ship
Fleet, the QE-2, which included stage shows, parties and balls, a
challenge for Duke all at sea, for her Majesty. This work included the
once in a lifetime concerts by Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Hope, The London
Symphony and The Royal Philharmonic, with dozens of international
stage and television stars. A principal designer for industry Duke
includes the Chrysler Corporation, Sony, IBM, Federal Express, GE,
and M and M Mars and others among his clients.
His past theatre faculty positions have included Columbia University,
Bernard College, The Studio of Theatre and Dance Art for the Ed
Sullivan Theatre, Indiana University, Opera Theatre at Wildwood and
The Chotard Institute of Music. Additionally he is the winner of the
gold medal and International Film and Television awards. He is a
member of United Scenic Artists and a select member of the Designers
Circle from the Detweiler Foundation, London. Duke, always managing
a full design schedule, is also a certified chef and nutritionist.
PhD University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
BS University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Dorothy Graves was trained in ballet, tap, jazz, and musical theatre by
Dot Callanen, Manolo Agullo (both of Little Rock, AR) and Luigu
Faccuito (New York, NY). She grew up working as a model and
commercial radio talent and performing in full length ballets and dance
variety shows around Arkansas as a member of the Arkansas Dance
Theatre. Dorothy studied acting with Margaret Carner and technical
theatre under Warren Law. She had the privilege of studying classical
voice, as a coloratura soprano, with Marion Parker for nearly a decade.
She subsequently studied with Martha Antolik and Kira Keating.
Dorothy has been seen in nearly 50 plays, musicals, operas or dance
productions in the central Arkansas area and has appeared as a dancer
or actor in several commercials and movies including the Oscar-
nominated “21 Grams.” She has 25+ years experience teaching and
choreographing dance in private studios, at UALR and as a freelance
artist. In addition to her work with The Chotard Institute of Music,
Dorothy works as a Research Assistant Professor in the
Hematology/Oncology Division at the University of Arkansas for
Medical Sciences and hosts a monthly community forum and radio
show on the local NPR-affiliate station KUAR FM89 entitled “Science
Café Little Rock”.
Postgraduate Work University of Missouri-Kansas City
MM University of Arkansas
BA Arkansas Tech University
Christopher Lacy is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at
the University of Arkansas, where he serves as Artistic Director of the
University Opera Theater. As a stage director, his productions at UAF
have included La Boheme, La Traviata, The Turn of the Screw, The
Medium, La Voix Humaine, Rinaldo and Suor Angelica.
His other duties at the University of Arkansas include teaching
Italian, French and German diction and Vocal Literature.
In 2001, he founded the Fayetteville Opera Chorus and serves as
In the summer of 2001, he was on the artistic staff of Spazio Musica
Orvieto, in Orvieto, Italy, for the production of Verdi's Falstaff. He
worked under Graziella Ravazzi and Ricardo Marsano of La Scala in
He has served as Assistant Conductor to Sarah Caldwell and has
toured Italy twice as a collaborative pianist.
He served as interpreter in the vocal studio of Alain Billiard at the
Institute "Circolo Frescobaldi" in Ferrara in the summer of 1998.
He holds a diploma from the Centro Linguistico Italiano Dante Alighieri
in Florence, Italy.
He has worked with the University of Missouri - Kansas City Opera
Theater, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Kansas Opera Theater and
Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point, where he served as
coordinator of the Scenes programs.
He has studied the art of vocal coaching with Margo Garret, Grammy
Award winning accompanist to Kathleen Battle.
He presently serves as President of the Board of Directors for the John
Harrison Opera Foundation.
As a member of ASCAP, his compositions are the winners of numerous
awards including the 1989 Virgil Thomson Award.
He is a 2009 winner of the Individual Artist Fellowship from the
Arkansas Arts Council. His compositions have been performed world
wide, and he has received grants and commissions from major funding
organizations such as the Sosland Foundation, The Enid and Crosby
His Requiem (1989) was cited in a chapter-long entry in the
publication "Memento Mori: A Guide to Contemporary Memorial Music"
by Robert Chase, published by Scarecrow Press (2007). In this
chapter he describes the work: "The tonal, neoromantic language of
the work is quite sumptuous, tinged with impressionistic elements".
Upcoming publications include the following "Three Mediterranean
Landscapes" for Flute Choir and Percussion from Falls House Press
(2011), "Concerto for Bassoon and Wind Orchestra" (2009) from
Trevco Music, Two song cycles will become available this year from
Classical Vocal Reprints: "Three Games of a Summer Day" and "Three
Victorian Songs" and the "Quintet for Winds" and "Stick Figures" for
Two Clarinets and Two Bassoons are published by Trevco Music.
BME Texas Christian University
James Maase, pianist, organist and baritone, has taught piano since he
was fourteen years old. He first showed interest in the keyboard
before the age of three. A student of Ruth Bircher, he won the State
of New Mexico Piano Guild’s first place award in the ninth grade. He
then studied organ with Wesley Selby at the University of New
Mexico. Upon entering Eastern New Mexico University, he chose to
study music education. Later, he completed his degree at Texas
Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. While in Fort Worth, he was
a soloist with the Dallas Symphony in Faure’s Requiem and Bach’s St.
Matthew Passion. He also sang with Schola Cantorum of Texas and
ensembles and operas at Texas Christian University.
Having studied piano, organ, voice and conducting, he made a decision
to work in the Music Ministry of the church. He has served University
Christian Church, Fort Worth; Highland Park United Methodist Church,
Dallas; Centenary United Methodist Church, Lexington, Kentucky;
Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, Little Rock. In his current
position as Director of Music/Arts he has started many new programs
and choirs, including Adventures in the Arts, a community arts
academy. Since opening in 1997, the academy has grown to 200
students and 19 instructors and serves all of Central Arkansas.
A certified Choristers Guild instructor, he has directed choirs and
festivals in 15 states and several countries. He also was an adjunct
voice teacher at Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas. In the Little Rock
area he has performed as soloist, pianist and organist as well as
collaborated with area musicians and artists. A true believer in the arts
and the value which they bring to our lives, his biggest joy is to see
the “light bulb” turn on in a young student’s eye.
MM Piano Performance-University of Michigan
BM Piano performance-University of Central Arkansas
BM Piano performance-Music Academy Sofia, Bulgaria
My intense love and dedication to the study and performance of music
is reflected in both my teaching and guidance of all my students. Also,
as a musician I demonstrate to my students how important it is to
comprehend the true nature of performance in order to efficaciously
communicate with your audience.
• Fluent in several languages including Russian, English,
Macedonian, Bulgarian and have coached vocal students in
Italian, French, German and Spanish.
• Professional solo and collaborative artist
• Dedicated to enthusiastic and dynamic teaching as a means of
nurturing a lifelong love of music in music students.
• Experience and great personal interest in Community Outreach
M.M. Piano Performance University of Michigan – 2005
B.M. Piano Performance University of Central Arkansas – 2003
B.M. Piano Performance and Fine Arts Education State Conservatory of
Music “Pancho Vladigerov” Sofia, Bulgaria – 1999
B.M. Piano Performance and Fine Arts Education Music Academy
“Dobrin Petkov” Plovdiv, Bulgaria - 1997
University of Arkansas at Little Rock - August 2005 to present
Instructor of music: Outreach Program for the Performing Arts, Vocal
accompanist and coach: Opera Workshop Program, Concert Choir,
Community Chorus, Voice Studio lessons.
Outreach for the Performing Arts 2008-2010
Founder, Instructor, Performer, Collaborator
The Chotard Institute of Music 2008-2011
Opera accompanist and vocal coach
New Life Christian Fellowship 2006-2009
Minister of Music. Worship leader. Choir Founder. Pianist. Vocal coach.
Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts 2005-2006
Vocal coach, rehearsal and performance accompanist, performer
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 2003-2005
Accompanist for various ensembles
Greater Fellowship Christian Church 2001-2003
Pianist. Vocal coach.
University of Central Arkansas 1999-2003
Accompanist for various ensembles, piano teaching
Wesley United Methodist Church1999-2001
Pianist, Vocal Coach
Master Classes and Workshops
Boris Romanov(piano performance, Moscow, Russia), Svetlana
Kosseva (piano performance, Bulgaria), Iovcho Krushev (piano
performance, chamber music, Sofia, Bulgaria), Viktor Chuchkov
(chamber music, accompanying, and piano performance, Sofia,
Bulgaria), Maestro Georgi Dimitrov (Bulgaria), Aiko Onishi (piano
performance, Tokyo, Japan), Neil Rutman (piano performance,
repertoire, techniques, chamber music, Arkansas), Arthur Greene
(piano performance, repertoire, techniques, literature, Ann Arbor,
Michigan) Martin Katz( accompanying and chamber music ensembles
and literature, Ann Arbor Michigan)Edward Parmentier ( Early music
ensemble and harpsichord, Ann Arbor, Michigan)
Distinctions and Honors
• Graduate Fellowship, University of Michigan
• Cum Laude, Presidential Scholarship, University of Central
• Special Honors, Scholarships, Concerts Broadcastings, Summer
Festival in Ohrid, Macedonia
• German Piano Music Competition, Bulgaria
• Virtuoso Etudes Piano Competition, Bulgaria
• Concerto Competition, Bulgaria
• Chamber Music Festival, Bulgaria
• 2002, 2003 Piano and Concerto Competitions, University of
• Soloist with the State Symphony Orchestra, Bulgaria
• Soloist with the UCA Symphony Orchestra, USA
Continuing Projects and Research
• Outreach program for the Performing Arts: “The educational,
inspirational and healing power of music.” This course of study
places university music majors in various concert environments
including programs for children, people with special needs and
elderly audiences. This course prepares students to construct
recital programs for various audiences.
• Currently researching and writing a proposal for a state funded
program that will provide music education that will improve the
cognitive and social skills of children with learning disabilities
(ADD, ADHD) and autistic behaviors.
• Professional recording of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg
• Solo Performances of the entire work of Bach’s Goldberg
• Performances with The Marilyn Horn Foundation Artists
• Performances with the UALR Faculty and Students
• Solo and Ensemble Performances with the Opera Theatre at
• Solo Recitals- Europe and United States
• Ensemble Tours- Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Spain, Greece,
Turkey, Macedonia, Hungary, Bulgaria
Phyllis R. Ruocco
DMusA University of North Texas
MMus University of Alabama
BM Ouachita Baptist University
DOCTOR OF MUSICAL ARTS
University of North Texas, Denton, Texas.
Major in Piano with Jack Roberts
Minor in Musicology with Robert Ottman
December 19, 1973
MASTER OF MUSIC
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Major in Piano with Roy McA1lister
Minor in Music Theory /Composition with Frederick Goosens
May 26, 1968
BACHELOR OF MUSIC
Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas.
Double Major in Piano with Evelyn Bowden and
Theory / Composition with W. Francis Macbeth.
Listed in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities (1966)
May 29, 1966
Conservataoire Royale de Musicque
“Diplome Superieur With Distinction” in Piano Performance with
Stephan de Groote. May, 1982
Stedelijke Muziek Conservatorium, Mechelen, Belgium.
"First Prize Diploma With Great Distinction" with Robert Groslot.
Philander Smith College
Little Rock, Arkansas. 1999-Present (see also 1995-1998)
• Associate Professor of Music. Chair (2002-Current). Duties
• Teaching courses in Applied Piano, Fundamentals of Music I, II,
Music Theory I, II, III, IV , Sightsinging and Dictation I, II, Ill,
IV, Orchestration, Form and Analysis I, II, Twentieth-Century
Music, Piano Literature, Piano Pedagogy, Applied Piano, Music
Performance Lab, Keyboard Ensemble and Accompanying, and
• Interim Music Department Chair (Summer 2002)
• Music Department Chair (July 16, 2002-Current)
• Director of Title ill Activities, Level V
• Accompanist for Vocal Students lessons, rehearsals,
performances, recital hearings and recitals
• Performing and accompanying for faculty performances and
• Music Department Search Committee
• Campus Accompanist, accompanying for Music Chapel and other
campus events upon request
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 1998- 1999
• Assistant Professor of Music
• Teaching Applied Piano, Class Piano, Accompanying Class and
• Preparing students for and administering Piano Proficiency
• Artistic Collaborator, Vocal Coach and Accompanist for senior
• Accompanying faculty voice and instrumental performances,
recitals and competitions
• Accompanying student vocalists and instrumentalists for
individual lessons, recitals, auditions and competitions
• Providing weekly individual sight-reading and vocal coaching
sessions for vocal and instrumental students.
Philander Smith College
Little Rock, Arkansas, 1995-1998
• Assistant Professor of Music
• Teaching courses in Applied Piano I-VIII, Music Theory I, II, III,
IV, Fundamentals of Music, Sight singing and Ear training I, II,
III, IV, Orchestration, Twentieth-Century Music, Form and
Analysis I, II and Music Seminar
• Preparing students for Junior and Senior recitals
• Accompanying PSC vocal students in lessons, music lab
performances, music competitions and Junior and Senior recitals
• Revising the course curricula for all levels of Music Theory
• Performing in faculty recitals both as soloist and accompanist
• Accompanying the Philander Smith Collegiate Choir upon request
• Campus Accompanist, playing and providing music for all Chapel
services and other campus events
• Serving on the Music Department Search Committee
• Serving on the Applied Jury Committee
• Serving on the Junior / Senior Recital Committee
• Advising and mentoring all music students
*Conservatoire Royale de Musique
The Hague, Netherlands, 1986-1993.
• This position was by Royal Appointment through audition. A
Royal Appointment meant, among other things, that it was a
lifetime appointment. The appointment was made by Queen
Beatrice of the Netherlands.
• Serving as a staff Pianist for the Koninklijk Conservatorium de
Muziek (Royal School of Music) in The Hague
• Creating and performing music for ballet classes, public
performances and conservatory exams
• Accompanying for classes and rehearsals with the world -
renowned Netherlands Dance Theatre and the Scapino Ballet
• *All performances from this period are in the video archives of
the Royal Conservatory, Koninklijk Conservatorium, 1 Juliana
van Stolberglaan, 2595CA, Den Haag, Nederland.
British School of Brussels
Brussels, Belgium. 1979-1986
• Instructor of Piano and Music Theory. Duties included
• Teaching piano and music theory at all levels
• Preparing students for the performance section of the annual
Associated Royal Board Exams
• Preparing students for the theory section of the annual
Associated Royal Board Exams
• Preparing students for recitals and other school performances
• Accompanying student and faculty vocal and instrumental
• Coordinating interschool competitions, programs, and other
Central Missouri State University
Warrensburg, Missouri, 1973- 1978
• Assistant Professor of Music. Principal duties included
• Designing, implementing and coordinating the Class Piano
• Teaching Applied Piano at graduate and undergraduate levels
teaching courses in Music Appreciation, Music Literature,
Music History, Piano Literature and Piano Pedagogy
• Serving on the Interdepartmental Arts Committee
• Serving on the Music Theory Committee
• Serving on the Piano Proficiency Committee
• Serving as Faculty Sponsor of the International Students
• Serving as Faculty Sponsor for the CMSU Student Baha'i Club
University of North Texas
Denton, Texas, 1970-1973
• Doctoral Assistant in Piano. Responsibilities included
• Teaching Applied Piano to secondary piano students
• Teaching Class Piano
• Teaching Sight-reading Class
• Accompanying voice and instrumental solo and ensemble
• Accompanying graduate vocal and instrumental recitals at the
senior and doctoral level
• Accompanying students of all levels for competitions and
• Performing in the Graduate Piano Ensemble
• Performing new works of fellow doctoral students in the
MM University of Indiana at Bloomington
BM Henderson State University
Mary Wynston-Smith, Soprano, is a native Arkansan. She received her
Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance at Henderson State
University, where she studied with Dr. Ann Chotard and received her
Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance at Indiana University in
Bloomington, where she studied with Eileen Farrell. Ms. Wynston-
Smith began her operatic career while still working on her Bachelor’s
degree. She sang Suzuki in Madame Butterfly with the Arkansas
Opera Theatre (AOT) under the baton of Kurt Klippstater and Dr.
Chotard as Director. Upon on her completion of her master’s degree,
Ms. Wynston-Smith returned to AOT to become Singer-In-Residence
for three years.
After her residency, Ms. Wynston-Smith moved to New York to
establish her singing career. Ms. Wynston-Smith’s career has taken
her around the world. She has performed at the National Opera House
in Prague, The Bregenz Festival in Austria, sung in the world premiere
of the first Bahamian opera (Our Boys by Cleophus Adderley), The
Opera House in Reykjavik, Iceland and The Chautauqua Festival, New
York, to mention a few. Ms. Wynston-Smith has sung such roles as
The Countess in Le Nozze Di Figaro, Arminda in Haydn’s Arminda, Aida
in Aida, Serena in Porgy and Bess, Dehlia in Fosca, The Queen of the
Night in Die Zauberflöte and many others. Ms. Wynston-Smith has not
only established herself in the field of opera, but she has been
presented in recitals, concerts and oratorios. Ms. Wynston-Smith
made her Carnegie Hall debut performing the Soprano solos in
Mendelssohn’s oratorio, Elijah, with the World Symphony. She has
performed in Mozart’s Requiem, Verdi’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah,
Rossini’s Stabat Mater, and Beethoven’s Symphony Number 9.
Ms. Wynston-Smith has won various prizes, such as first place in the
National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition in the Young
Professionals Division, first place in the Carmen Jones Vocal
Competition, a recital at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center
through the New York Musician Club and winner of the Vocal
Competition of the New York Division of The Black Business Women
Association. As a recitalist, Ms. Wynston-Smith has traveled from Italy
to Jamaica performing songs by such composers as Strauss, Mozart,
Debussy, Widor, and song cycles, such as The Seven Early Songs of
Berg and Wagner’s Wesendonck. Since returning home to Arkansas,
Ms. Wynston-Smith has continued to give recitals and concerts and is
very active in sharing her knowledge with the new generation of
DMA University of Memphis (in progress)
MM University of North Texas
BM University of North Texas
Timothy R. Tucker, baritone, is assistant professor of voice and music
history at Philander Smith College. Mr. Tucker also teaches Diction for
Singers and is the director of the Lyric Theatre Ensemble. Mr. Tucker
received his Master of Music degree in vocal performance from the
University of North Texas.
Mr. Tucker is an active performer, lecturer and adjudicator. He has
been presented in recitals, operas, oratorios and concerts across the
U.S.A., including New York’s Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and in
Hong Kong and Macao. Recent performances have included the title
role in Rigoletto, the baritone soloist in Faure’s Requiem and Jesus in
Arvo Pärt’s Passio. Mr. Tucker has appeared in many standards of the
operatic repertoire. His operatic credits include Germont in La Traviata,
Rigoletto, Figaro in Il Barbiere Di Siviglia, Count Almaviva in Le Nozze
Di Figaro, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Ping in Turandot, Danilo in
The Merry Widow, Koko in The Mikado, the Pirate King in Pirates of
Penzance, Schaunard in La Boheme, Noye in Noye’s Fludde and many
others. Mr. Tucker has appeared with the opera companies of Amarillo,
Austin, Dallas, San Francisco, Santa Fe and Shreveport as well Deep
Ellum Opera, Western Opera Theatre and Opera Theatre at Wildwood.
Mr. Tucker is also an active concert soloist and works he has
performed in this genre include Mozart’s Requiem Mass, Coronation
Mass, Solemn Vespers and the Grand Mass in c minor. He has also
performed Beethoven’s Symphony Number 9, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s
Saint John Passion, Bruckner’s Te Deum, and over twenty other
orchestral and oratorio works. He has appeared with the Amarillo
Symphony, Canterbury Choral Society, the Orchestra of New Spain,
Denton Bach Society, Arlington Choral Society, Irving Symphony, Fort
Worth Early Music, Fort Worth Chamber Music, the Helios Ensemble
and many more.
Mr. Tucker has won many awards for singing such as the National
Opera Association award and has been a regional finalist in the
Metropolitan Opera Guild National Council auditions and a national
semi-finalist in the Macallister Awards competition.
Mr. Tucker is an active member of the National Association of Teachers
of Singing. In his spare time, Mr. Tucker practices Yang style Tai Chi
and teaches a Tai Chi class at First United Methodist Church in Little