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Cassandra Jackson recently performed the featured mezzo solo in the Duruflé Requiem with the University of Illinois Singers under the direction of Dr. Fred Stoltzfus. As a young soloist, Miss Jackson has already established herself as an acclaimed performer in regions varying from Colorado to France. Miss Jackson has performed with ensembles and orchestras such as the University of Illinois Singers, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra Chorus, the University of Illinois Chorale, the Oratorio Society, the Sinfonia da Camera, and the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, Miss Jackson is expected to perform the Mozart Coronation Mass as the mezzo soloist under the direction of Dr. Donald Schleicher.
At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Miss Jackson maintains a regular performance schedule. Earlier this year, she was seen performing the mezzo solo in the Mozart Requiem under the direction of Dr. Fred Stoltzfus and as a dancer in the performance of Rigoletto with the Illinois Opera Theatre under Eduardo Diozmuñoz. Through the School of Music, Miss Jackson has had the opportunity to attend master classes with world renowned vocalists, including Stephanie Blythe. Last fall, Miss Jackson performed with the University of Illinois Chorale and the Sinfonia da Camera to create the first recording of William Schuman's On Freedom's Ground. As a result of her audition into the undergraduate program for the University of Illinois School of Music, Miss Jackson was awarded a full tuition merit scholarship to attend school and perform. Miss Jackson currently studies voice with renowned opera singer Sylvia Stone.
Miss Jackson has an eclectic background in music; she has performed as Vi Moore in Footloose with D’Evelyn Theatre and sang in Altitude, a small, mixed jazz a cappella group, that toured all through France and the Rocky Mountain Region. Before attending the University of Illinois, Miss Jackson studied with Winifred Hartman, an esteemed and seasoned opera singer in the Denver region. In the summers, Miss Jackson has the wonderful opportunity to study with world renowned artists at the Aspen Music Festival and School, learning from vocalists such as Elizabeth Hynes and Michelle DeYoung. She also had the opportunity to participate in master classes with James Conlon, Tom Beusch, Alan Fletcher, Irene Gubrud and Joan Gordon. Additionally, Miss Jackson has four years of conducting experience under the direction of lauded conductor Leslie Britton. Miss Jackson is also fully capable of managerial positions; she was the assistant director to the show Bells Are Ringing and was the house manager for The Pajama Game with D’Evelyn Theatre.
Cassandra Jackson is capable of singing repertoire in the mezzo-soprano range with pieces varying from lighter works such as “Voi che sapete,” from Le Nozze di Figaro to more dramatic roles such as “Pie Jesu,” from the Duruflé Requiem.
- Screen name:
- Cassandra Jackson
- Member since:
- Apr 04 2011
- Active over 1 month ago
- Level of commitment:
- Years playing music:
- Gigs played:
- 10 to 50
- Tend to practice:
- More than 3 times per week
Maria Callas, Cecilia Bartoli, Reneé Fleming
Mezzo soloist with the UI Chorale, Oratorio Society and UI Symphony at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Foellinger Great Hall.
Featured soloist with the UI Singers at St. John the Divine Cathedral. Admission is free.