DR. DAVID HERENDEEN
Dr. David Herendeen was appointed Director of Opera and Musical Theater at the Bass School of Music in Oklahoma City University in 1997.
A multifaceted award-winning director, Dr. Herendeen has brought to life 100 different opera and musical theater productions: classic chamber works, world premieres, sweeping musicals of Broadway’s golden age and multimedia spectacles involving hundreds of performers. His productions earned first-place awards from the National Opera Association in 2012 and 2014.
His ability as a director is enhanced by a previous career as a professional singer, during which he performed more than 40 major musical theater and opera roles with ensembles ranging from regional musical theater companies to The Deutsche Oper Berlin.
Dr. Herendeen received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and his Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance, with an emphasis in Stage Direction and Vocal Pedagogy, from University of Arizona.
In addition to leading OCU’s Oklahoma Opera and Music Theater Company, Dr. Herendeen directs the Annual Kristin Chenoweth Broadway Boot Camp, the Oklahoma City University Performing Arts Academy’s summer music theater program and MT Hotspot, a musical theater training intensive that tours the United States.
DR. COURTNEY CROUSE
Dr. Courtney Crouse is Associate Professor of Voice at the Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University.
She has been teaching voice for nearly two decades. In addition to her voice studio at OCU, Dr. Crouse has taught in private lessons in New York City, at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where she earned her master’s and doctoral degrees.
A mezzo-soprano, Dr. Crouse maintains an active performing schedule. She has been a featured soloist with The New York Virtuoso Singers, The Coterie and L’Harmonie des Saisons, a group based in Montréal and New York City under the direction of baroque specialist Eric Milnes.
Recent performances include Mrs. Anderssen in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music with Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, featured soloist with the Oklahoma City Jazz Orchestra, featured soloist in the Messiah and the Mozart Requiem for the Kemp Concert Series, and a solo jazz recital on the Distinguished Artist Series at Oklahoma City University. She is a founding member of The City Cabaret of Oklahoma City, specializing in cabaret-style music of the musical theater, pop and jazz idioms. She is half of the guitar-and-voice duo Crouse Denman, which headlined the 2016 Vanguard Guitar Festival in Los Angeles.
MR. BRIAN COWING
Mr. Brian Cowing is an actor/dire ctor/choreographer who recently completed two years with the U.S. national tour of Annie: The Musical, where he performed in The Ensemble and served as dance captain. He also has performed in regional theater productions of Spamalot, A Christmas Carol, The Producers, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, High Fidelity, The Drowsy Chaperone, Into the Woods, The Diary of Anne Frank and Thoroughly Modern Millie.
A native of Wisconsin and a graduate of musical theater program at Oklahoma City University, Mr. Cowing is director and choreographer of the 50th anniversary production of The Wizard of Oz at Children’s Theatre of Madison. He is artistic associate for Four Seasons Theatre, where he has directed productions of Les Misérables, She Loves Me and South Pacific, and has worked three seasons as an actor, director and choreographer with Clinton Area Showboat Theatre.
Mr. Cowing produced performances for OCUStripped, the university’s student-run music theater company, and continues his commitment to educational outreach in the arts.
MS. CORIE MELAUGH
Ms. Corie Melaugh is a staff accompanist at the Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University, and ensemble assistant and librarian for Oklahoma Youth Orchestras.
A professional pianist, violinist, music director and vocal coach, she is co-founder of OCU OPERAtions, a student-run organization that produces chamber operas, and of The City Cabaret, where she is music director, orchestrator, and arranger.
Ms. Melaugh has worked at summer festivals including College Light Opera Company, Brevard Music Festival and Opera in the Ozarks, and performed with the Fort Smith Symphony Orchestra and the Beatles tribute band, "1964... The Tribute.” She also performs with improv troupes, providing musical backgrounds for ensembles including Night Rhymers, The Naturals, and Off-Book: Musical Morsels. Most recently, she has accompanied shows including Company, The Wedding Singer, The Secret Garden, Gypsy and Jesus Christ Superstar).
She has earned undergraduate degrees in violin performance and piano performance, and a master’s in vocal music coaching, all from the Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University.