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 recently performed as soloist with combined choruses from Brevard County in a tour of the Scandinavian countries, and continues to appear frequently in the Central Florida area as an oratorio soloist; her most recent appearance in Orlando was in Bach's Mass in B minor with the Orlando Chorale and members of the Orlando Philharmonic. As a professor at Stetson University, Christeson maintains a voice studio and teaches courses in Song and Opera Literature. In February 2012 she traveled to Venezuala to meet Maestro Inocente Carreno in preparation for recording his art songs, which she is also preparing for publication. She has recently performed with the Stetson Opera Theatre at the Varna International Festival in Bulgaria in Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi" and "Suor Angelica," and in Central Florida Beethoven's Ninth Symphony as well as Handel's "Messiah" in a range of venues. She recently released "Liebestreu," an album of songs and vocal chamber music of Johannes Brahms, available through Clear Note Studios, where she also is featured in recordings of the Durufle Requiem and 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)