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Cheyney University Professor Marques L. A. Garrett Takes First Place at Vocal Competition

March 17, 2014

Marques L. A. Garrett, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania's Director of Choral Activities, heads to a national vocal competition after taking 1st place at a competition in Philadelphia.

Marques L. A. Garrett, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania's Director of Choral Activities, heads to a national vocal competition after taking 1st place at a competition in Philadelphia.

Marques L. A. Garrett, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania's Director of Choral Activities, took first place at the 32nd Mid-Atlantic District Vocal Arts Competition for Emerging Artists on March 14, 2014 in Philadelphia, PA. The evening competition took place at the 49th Annual Mid-Atlantic District Conference of The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. (NANBPWC).

According to organizers, “The purpose is to provide a competitive arena for young African-American vocal performing artists. It is hoped that this competition experience will advance their careers and encourage their aspirations.”

Garrett beat out five other competitors and will go on to the national competition at the end of July at the national conference sponsored by NANBPWC in Pittsburgh, PA.  He received $1000 in winnings--half of which will pay for his expenses to go to the national stage.

Garrett elected to sing songs, including two of his own art songs, from the following repertoire:

  • It is enough (from Elijah) - Felix Mendelssohn
  • Non più andrai (from Le nozze di Figaro) - Wolfgang A. Mozart
  • Erlkönig - Franz Schubert
  • A Love Cycle: 2. O del mio amato ben - Marques L. A. Garrett
  • A Love Cycle: 4. Adieu jusque je vous revoye - Marques L. A. Garrett

In the end, Garrett took top honors at the annual competition.  "I was completely shocked and blown away because some of the competitors do this for a living," Garrett said."

One of Professor Garrett's students attended the competition and immediately texted pictures to CU choir members, and posted the results on facebook and instagram.  In minutes, Garrett's phone started ringing.

"My students sent many congratulatory text messages which warmed my heart to know that they are proud of me," he remarked.  "I hope that my students understand that this accomplishment did not come from lack of attention to detail or laziness. I had to put in a lot of hard work over the years and apply what I’ve learned from many different teachers. In order for me to be able to continue to teach others, I must continue to learn myself."