Master of Music from Michigan State University
Senior Voice Instructor
Jackie, mezzo-soprano, performs and teaches a wide range of vocal styles including, but not limited to, pop, musical theater, rock, gospel, and classical. In addition to her teaching schedule, Jackie serves as a freelance singer in and around Chicago. She has sung as a member of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, is a third year member of Vox 3 Collective, and is a member of Opera Cowgirls Chicago. In 2018, Jackie started working with transgender and non-binary singing and speaking voice clients. Jackie is passionate about passing on her love of all things voice through teaching!
Why do you sing?
I sing because it brings me joy and I love to share that art. I feel that when you’re singing for someone, it’s an exchange of energy. When I’m singing, it feels like everything makes sense. It makes me feel like I’m alive and balanced.
Why do you teach other people to use their voice?
I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember; I think it’s been my way to communicate, and once I learned that about myself, I made a commitment to trying to do that for others. Singing is meditative, it brings me joy, grounds me, and being able to provide that same experience for singers and speakers feels great.
What do you do in your intro lessons?
I like to have a chat about my student's background, interests, and the kinds of music they like to listen to. I also encourage clients to share with me where they think they’re struggling, and that helps to start forming a plan for their speech or singing lessons.
What are your favorite teaching moments?
I love the moments when clients try something that opens up their voice in a way that they didn’t even realize was possible. It brings happiness and it goes back to that sharing energy and joy, especially after the hard work I’ve seen and the challenge I know sharing your voice with someone can be.
Why did you join The Voice Lab?
Because I love teaching and the collaborative part of that process. I love the mission of the Voice Lab. Teaching is encouraged to come from a place of kindness, collaboration, and compassion. There is freedom to teach the way I like to, and I think that goes both ways. We are serving the individualized goals of the client.
What would you say to someone who's thinking about lessons?
Come in for an intro lesson, see how you feel about working with personalized instruction and then decide after that. This is a wonderful place to learn, we have so many opportunities, we’re very focused on your goals and shaping them, even if you’re not sure what they are yet. Ask a million questions, I really think you’ll have a great experience.