Marques L. A. GarrettAssistant Professor of Music in Choral Activities
Area of Focus: Conducting, Voice
Marques L. A. Garrett (b. 1984) is the Assistant Professor of Music in Choral Activities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the Glenn Korff School of Music. Before completing the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Music Education (Choral Conducting) at Florida State University, he was the Director of Choral Activities at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, he holds the Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Hampton University.
As a conductor, Dr. Garrett has served as a guest conductor or clinician with several church, community, and collegiate choirs throughout the country and served as the festival conductor for the Harry T. Burleigh Spirituals Festival at Tennessee State University. He studied conducting with Dr. Andre J. Thomas, Dr. Carole J. Ott, Dr. Carl G. Harris, Jr., and Mr. Royzell Dillard. At the Hampton University Choir Directors’ Organists’ Guild Workshop, he has served as the basic conducting workshop clinician. Indiana University South Bend honored him by allowing him to conduct four of his songs for their Black History Month concert.
Throughout his years in college, he competed and placed in various vocal competitions while studying with Mrs. Lorraine Bell and Mrs. Levone Tobin Scott. He has sung at various churches as a baritone soloist. Dr. Garrett was a featured soloist at the Annual High School Gospel Festival sponsored by Ithaca College where he performed Raymond Wise’s ‘Afro-American Suite.’ He was the baritone soloist for the Germantown Concert Chorus’s performance of Haydn’s ‘Missa in Augustiis’ and sang the European premiere of Dan Forrest’s ‘Jubilate Deo’ as a countertenor in Limerick, Ireland. Most recently, he performed the role of Lil Lud in Bernstein’s White House Cantata with the Tallahassee Community Chorus.
As a composer, he began composing and arranging while at Hampton University. His compositions have been performed by collegiate and professional choirs nationwide such as the Brigham Young University Men’s Chorus, Biola University Chorale, University of North Carolina at Greensboro Combined Choirs, and I. Sherman Greene Chorale while the National Lutheran Choir, Winston-Salem State University Choir, and Missouri State University Concert Chorale have preserved some of his music on recordings. His compositions are published with Mark Foster Music, GIA Publications, Walton Music, Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Hinshaw Music, G. Schirmer, and Beckenhorst Press.
Dr. Garrett holds membership in the American Choral Directors Association; American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers; National Association for Music Education; National Association of Negro Musicians; and Pi Kappa Lambda.