California-born soprano Jayme Alilaw is praised for her lush and vibrant tone throughout the operatic, classical, and spiritual repertoire, and is a fierce advocate for the performance of works by African American composers.
Operatically, Ms. Alilaw is equally at home in traditional and contemporary repertoire. Jayme has been a resident artist with The Atlanta Opera since 2010, singing lead roles in their community outreach tours, and representing the company in collaborations with various Atlanta-based arts organizations, including The High Museum, The Alliance Theater, Museum of Design Atlanta, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, and Dad's Garage Theater Company. As a Sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves, Ms. Alilaw frequently sang for military ceremonies throughout the United States and Middle East.
Driven by a deep passion for traditional Negro spirituals, Jayme has organized concerts and won awards for her research about African American composers. Jayme now resides in Atlanta, GA where she is an active performer and maintains a private voice and piano studio. She is the owner of Music After School, an after-school enrichment program that offers instrumental instruction to students in grades Pre-K through 5 throughout Metro Atlanta. Jayme also enjoys collaborating across artistic mediums as a means of creative innovation, and to provide a voice for social justice. She has performed musical responses to photography exhibits, and in the facilitation of discussion about mental health and mental illness awareness. Ms. Alilaw continues to challenge musical boundaries, and be a vocal proponent of works by African American composers.