Jessye has a passion for helping students to find their own voice within a variety of genres. They earned their Doctorate of Musical Arts in Voice Performance and Pedagogy at Temple University. Their Doctoral Monograph, titled A Survey of the Current State of Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) Vocal Pedagogy Training at the Graduate Level, focuses on the need for the inclusion of contemporary and musical theatre techniques in graduate level voice pedagogy programs. They currently serve as Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre Voice at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Boston, MA. Previously, they held a position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre Voice at the Ira Brind School of Theatre Arts at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA. Jessye has a background in both Contemporary (Pop/Rock/Musical Theatre) and Classical Voice, and believes in the importance of a strong technical background as the key to achieving a freedom of expression in whatever genre students choose to pursue.
At Temple University, they also served as an accompanist for various Musical Theatre workshop classes, and also Music Directed productions such as Sheik and Sater's Spring Awakening (in 2012) and Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along (2015). Jessye's pronouns are "they, them, theirs," and they identify as nonbinary. Unfortunately, NATS does not offer gender options beyond "male" or "female."
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