Professor of Music, Voice
Jane Christeson received a degree in piano performance from the University of Alabama before receiving a Graduate Council Fellowship to complete a master of music degree in vocal performance with Edward White as her principal teacher. Since then she has had a varied career in opera, music theater, oratorio and recital work, performing over forty roles with companies and orchestras around the United States. Twice a winner of the District Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions, she has appeared with Opera Grand Rapids, Cincinnati Opera, Whitewater Opera and Palm Beach Opera, and has performed as soloist with the Alabama Symphony, Pomereggio Musicale, and many other orchestras. She has been heard on National Public Radio as a soloist with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Vocal Arts Ensemble and the Cincinnati Opera, and has appeared many times locally with Seaside Music Theater and Orlando Opera in both mainstage productions and educational tours.
Christeson has done additional vocal study in Freiburg, Germany with Professor Horst Günter, in London with Maestro James Lockhart and in New York with David Jones, and also received a Graduate Performance Certificate from the University of South Florida with Annetta Monroe. Christeson has performed as soloist with combined choruses from Brevard County in a tour of the Scandinavian countries, as well as with the Orlando Chorale and members of the Orlando Philharmonic in Bach's Mass in b minor. As a full professor at Stetson University, Christeson maintains a voice studio and teaches courses in song and opera literature. In 2012 she released "Liebestreu," an album of songs and vocal chamber music of Johannes Brahms. In February of 2012 she traveled to Venezuela to meet Maestro Inocente Carreno in preparation for releasing a CD of his art songs entitled "Songs of the Enchanted Island - Songs of Inocente Carreno" which was released in April of 2013, while completing the process of editing a two-volume set of these songs for by Clear Note Publications. Also in 2012 she performed with the Stetson Opera Theatre at the Varna International Festival in Bulgaria in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, and reprised the role of Zita in Schicchi with Florida Lyric Opera in Orlando. She has recently performed as mezzo soloist in a televised performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the combined choruses and orchestra of UCF, was soloist in the Bel Canto Society's Mozart Requiem, and continues to appear as soloist in various performances of Handel's Messiah in Central Florida. Her most recent appearance in 2014 was as soloist in the Durufle Requiem with the Baylor University Concert Chorale, a role that she previously recorded for Clear Note Publications, with whom she also was recorded as a featured artist in Janacek's "The Diary of One Who Vanished."
- Graduate Performance Certificate; University of South Florida
- M.M., vocal performance; University of Alabama
- B.M., piano performance; University of Alabama
- Applied Voice
- Opera Literature
- Song Literature
- German/English Diction
- Currently active as a performer in recital, oratorio, opera and music theater.
- Presented the lecture recital "Music of Black American Women Composers" for a College Music Society Symposium in Atlanta.
- "The Diary of One Who Vanished," song cycle by Leos Janacek, with tenor Stephen Ng (available through Clear Note Publications)
- "Requiem," oratorio by Maurice Duruflé, with the Stetson University Concert Choir (available through Clear Note Publications)