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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

April 23, 2019

Musician Stan Beard, vocalist, arranger, and composer, speaks at College of the Ozarks

C of O hosts Stan Beard at convocation.Stan Beard, musician, arranger, composer, shared stories and performed songs.

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — Stan Beard, musician, vocalist, arranger, composer, spoke to students in the Jones Auditorium at College of the Ozarks on Thursday, April 11, 2019. The College welcomed Beard to speak at a student cultural convocation, where he shared stories and performed a variety of songs.

“I want to show you what music means to me,” Beard said as he began the convocation.

“Stan captivated us,” said Emma Bachali, junior Biblical studies major. “His jolly demeanor and stunning voice allowed us to settle in comfortably for a night of storytelling. The joy he expressed in sharing his passion made me smile.”

Beard grew up in small-town Pennsylvania, where he began his career. From performing in church to worldwide stages, the White House, television, film soundtracks, and some 20,000 commercial jingles, Beard has been in the music business for decades. He has penned jingles for American Airlines, AT&T, J.C. Penney, and a series of Target ads with Aretha Franklin. He has performed in every state in the U.S. and more than 24 other countries.

Beard has long-standing ties with the Ozarks, having arranged music for major shows at Silver Dollar City for decades. More recently, Beard teamed up with Hayden Head, retired C of O professor of English, to write and compose “Shepherd the Musical.” The musical is a new adaptation of Harold Bell Wright’s bestselling book about Ozarks life, “The Shepherd of the Hills.”

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2019 and No. 1 Best Bang for the Buck by Washington Monthly. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.

The Keeter Center — the College’s award winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2019. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest workstation on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


04.23.19 – Johnny Cummings



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