Jacqueline Venable Jordan holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music, and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School. She has world-wide experience singing with opera companies, dance companies, choral societies, symphony orchestras, and in recital settings, cabaret, theatre, and concert halls. She serves or has served on the faculties of Dutchess Community College, Berkshire Choral Festival, Georgia Fine Arts Academy, Russell Sage College, and Teachers College, Columbia University, among others.
She is also an accomplished and experienced performer. Jackie made her operatic debut at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC in Juana, La Loca, by Gian Carlo Menotti in a production directed by the composer. Her Lincoln Center debut came in a critically acclaimed performance of Samuel Barber's "Andromache's Lament" performed by the Martha Graham Dance Company. Other career highlights include performances of the Mother and Witch in Hansel and Gretel with the Pittsburgh Opera Theater, oratorio performances of Mozart's Mass in C Minor, Verdi's Requiem, and Mahler's 8th Symphony, the "Symphony of A Thousand". Her cabaret show "Not A Goddess" at the Duplex in New York was critically acclaimed, and her performances in the Wagner roles of Sieglinde and Isolde were her personal favorites.
She takes an individualized approach with her students that addresses their goals and objectives while meeting and expanding their skill level. Students are able to create a voice of greater range and expression through this tailored training.
Jackie believes that every kind of student at every level can excel in this study. She worked with many different kinds of students over her 25 years of experience, including:
- Classical and NON-classical
- Choral singers
- Folk singers
- Rock and pop singers
- Broadway singers
- Motivated adult beginners
- Younger students with drive and enthusiasm
- Students preparing for competitions
"I believe every student is unique - I don't believe in a "cookbook" approach to studying singing. Everyone brings their own individual perspective, passion, and dreams to this work. I honor that and customize the lessons to enhance the student's personal goals."