Osprey Women's Chorus
Tommy Shapard, conductor
Osprey Women's Chorus is open to faculty and staff and students of all majors.
They perform 1-3 concerts per semester. Rehearsals are twice a week for 50
minutes and feature diverse repertoire selections including a cappella to
accompanied works. Student leadership opportunities abound in this fun and
engaging ensemble. Monday and Wednesday Rehearsals in Building 45 (Fine Arts
Center) 1404 from 12-12:50pm.
information, contact Dr. Cara Tasher at email@example.com.
Thomas (Tommy) M. Shapard, lyric baritone, has served as the conductor for the
Osprey Women’s and Men’s Choruses at the University of North Florida since 2015. Recognized as a versatile choral music
educator capable of inspiring and challenging singers of all ages, abilities,
and interests in the choral arts, Professor Shapard has a wide-range of musical
experiences working with schools, non-profits, conferences, festivals, and
clinics. He has worked for almost twenty years in Baptist (CBF) and
United Methodist congregations in Georgia, Texas, and Florida. He is
currently the Minister of Music and Worship at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church
in Jacksonville, Florida, where he has served since 2008. Between 2011-2016,
Professor Shapard was a member of the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus Artistic
Staff, directing the Young Men’s Chorus and the Training Choir.
Shapard holds degrees from Baylor University (B.M.E., Vocal/Choral), graduating
magna cum laude and receiving the School of Music’s Annual Senior Award for
Outstanding Music Educator; Emory University (M.Div, Baptist Studies, Worship),
where he was awarded the Charles O. Smith, Jr. Scholarship presented to the rising
senior who shows exceptional promise of service in ministry in the Baptist
tradition; and the University of North Florida (M.M., Music
Performance/Conducting), where he holds the great honor of being Dr. Cara
Tasher’s first master’s conducting student. Shapard also studied for
three years at The Florida State University, pursuing the M.M. in
Ethnomusicology before following other interests. Currently, he is a doctoral
student at Southern Methodist University, working towards the Doctor of Pastoral
Music degree under the tutelage of Dr. C. Michael Hawn.
Shapard is a member of ACDA, Choristers Guild, Handbell Musicians of America,
and the American Guild of Organists. He served on the Extra-musical
Subcommittee for the Celebrating Grace Hymnal (2010); served on the Worship
Planning Committee for the 20th Anniversary General Assembly of the Cooperative
Baptist Fellowship (CBF); where he co-wrote the hymn, “Outcast Stranger,” with
Ken Medema; and was a presenter at the Candler School of Theology Festival of
Congregational Song in 2012. His research interests include singing as
community building, sacred music across faith traditions, world music, and