Jessica Israels - Singer, Conductor, & Educator

About

Performing

Jessica Israels is an accomplished singer who has captivated audiences in both jazz and classical music throughout the United States. She performs regularly with the Jessica Israels Trio and the Chuck Israels Jazz Orchestra, which has performed at The Detroit Jazz Festival, The Portland Jazz Festival, and performs monthly at The Fremont Theater in Portland. Along with being a featured singer on several of their recordings, including Garden Of Delights, Second Wind, and the newly released Concerto Peligrosso on Dot Time Records, Jessica has just released her first solo CD, Now I Know, featuring the  Chuck Israels Jazz Ensemble. She also performs chamber music with Una Voce Ensemble, a classical ensemble of considerable depth and variety, in smaller venues in the Portland area. She is also a member of several local professional vocal groups, including Resonance Ensemble, Kliros Ensemble, and Cappella Romana.

Education/Experience

Jessica holds a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from Valdosta State University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Western Washington University. Previous noteworthy experiences include performances around the country with groups such as Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops, at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts with Marvin Hamlisch and the National Symphony Orchestra, and at the Florida International Festival with the London Symphony Orchestra. Recently, Jessica  completed a two year position as the Assistant Director of Choral Activities at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

Conducting/Teaching

Jessica is currently the Music Director at St. Gabriel Episcopal Church in Portland. Besides teaching voice lessons at her private studio in Lake Oswego, she teaches voice at Clackamas Community College. She also  directs the Multnomah Arts Center Women’s Chorus at Multnomah Arts Center.


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