Scharmal Kay Schrock was born Jan. 20, 1940, to Delmar and Emmaline (Studer) Schrock. She passed away July 25, 2020, in Manhattan, Kansas.
Scharmal graduated from Kiowa (Kansas) High School in 1958. She started college at Kansas State University, graduated from the Cincinnati Conservatory, and completed her master’s at Indiana University. Between degrees, she studied in Frankfort, Germany as a Fulbright Scholar.
Scharmal’s teaching career began at East Texas State (Commerce), then Ithaca College, Utah State (Logan), and 25 years at Southeastern Louisiana University (Hammond). She then returned to the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University (Bloomington). She taught voice at the University level for over 45 years, directed scores of stage productions, and judged thousands of auditions.
Scharmal loved people, and she had a genius for identifying and honing her students’ talents and matching them to specific roles and numbers. Her students knew she believed in them, and that helped her coach them into achieving things they didn’t know they could do.
Anyone who heard Scharmal’s voice understood that she was an exceptional talent. She performed as soprano soloist with the Amarillo, Atlanta, Baton Rouge, Dallas, Ft. Worth, New Orleans, and Shreveport symphonies. She also soloed at Carnegie Hall in 1988.
Scharmal had an active, often irreverent, sense of humor. She was her own favorite source of amusement. For those who knew and loved Scharmal, the first reaction to the mention of her name is to smile.
Scharmal was preceded in death by her parents. She will be missed by her sister Sheryl Schrock (Krattigen, Switz.), brother Mark (Judy) Schrock (Hazelton, KS), nephew Nathan Schrock (Manhattan, KS) and niece Lara (Jason) Knudson (Hartsel, CO).
Donations in memory of Scharmal may be made to:
Scharmal Schrock Endowed Scholarship
Hammond, LA 70402