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Kristina JacksonKristina Jackson
Kristina Jackson to present lecture-recital at international, interdisciplinary song institute.

In June 2011, Kristina Jackson participated in the Interdisciplinary Song Scholarship and Performance Program, which is a part of the Vancouver International Song Institute in Vancouver, BC. The program focuses on preparing singers and pianists to perform contemporary art songs that reach out to today's audiences, especially non-musicians. She participated in masterclasses and musical coachings, while also working with musicologists, historians, and theorists on preparing historically-informed performances.

In addition to participating in the program, she also presented a lecture-recital called "A Survey of Art Songs with Texts by Langston Hughes." Through this lecture-recital she was able to expose these lesser-known American art songs to those who may only be used to hearing "classical" songs. Her lecture-recital also encouraged performers to explore Black Art Song and new music with an open mind.

At Ithaca College, Kristina is active in opera, concert, and recital repertoire. Some of her operatic credits include The Magic Flute (First Lady), and scenes from Mitiridate (Aspasia), Così fan tutte (Despina), and Suor Angelica (La Zelatrice). She most recently premiered scenes from a new opera, Wolf by the Ears, by Ithaca College professor Dana Wilson, in which she played Sally Hemings. She also has been a soloist with the Ithaca College Choir, the Fredonia College Choir, and the Ethos New Music Society. She earned a BM Performance from SUNY-Fredonia where she was a student of Dr. Angela Haas. Kristina is a student of Deborah Montgomery-Cove.