An Arkansas native, mezzo-soprano Jade Espina is a classical singer, private voice and piano teacher, and middle school chorus teacher in the Boston area. Ms. Espina completed her graduate studies at Boston University, where she pursued a Master of Music in Voice Performance as a student of Penelope Bitzas. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance and Bachelor of Music Education-Choral Emphasis from the University of Colorado-Boulder. She has performed with multiple companies in the Boston area, such as Odyssey Opera, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Boston Opera Collaborative, Cantata Singers, NEMPAC Opera Project, Arlington Friends of the Drama, Due Donne Productions and Promenade Opera Project. Ms. Espina has participated in programs such as the Miami Music Festival Apprentice Program, Chicago Summer Opera, Up North Vocal Institute, Music & Performing Arts Renaissance in the XXI Century Study Abroad Program in Florence, Italy, CU Boulder New Opera Workshop with Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer, and Brevard Music Festival.
Next month, Ms. Espina will sing with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in the performance of "Tippett and Beethoven." Earlier this year, she performed in the chorus with Odyssey Opera (Awakenings by Tobias Picker and Lord of the Cries by John Corigliano), Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra (La damnation de Faust) and Cantata Singers (Path of Miracles). During her graduate studies at Boston University, Ms. Espina had the opportunity to perform as a part of Boston University Opera Institute’s production of Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress (Mother Goose), Later the Same Evening by John Musto (Estelle Oglethorpe), and The Cunning Little Vixen (Lapák). In addition to BUOI's productions, she performed with Boston University’s Chamber Orchestra and BU Singers as the soloist in John Corigliano’s Fern Hill.
As a fourth-year teacher in the state of Massachusetts, Ms. Espina has officially earned her Professional Teacher License in Music Education, and will continue in her second year as the Chorus Director at Cameron Middle School in the Framingham Public Schools District. Ms. Espina recently served as a Voice and Piano staff member at 77 Arts Academy in Acton, MA and Maestro Musician's Academy in Lexington, MA, but now runs her own private voice and piano studio. She is the alto section leader at St. Ignatius Parish in Chestnut Hill. She will begin her third year this fall as a musicianship teacher with the Handel and Haydn's Society's Youth Chorus Program. In addition to singing and teaching in the greater Boston area, Ms. Espina love to be a music director! As a music director, she has worked on four productions just this year between Cameron Middle School (Framingham, MA) and Mel O' Drama (Quincy, MA): Spongebob Squarepants (Youth Edition), Mary Poppins, James and Giant Peach, and Matilda.
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