Department of Music

The University of Mississippi

Faculty Profiles

Jennifer Robinson

jenniferJennifer Robinson, soprano, has performed widely throughout the United States in opera, oratorio, and recital. Her operatic roles include Despina in Così Fan Tutte, Marenka in The Bartered Bride, Adele in Die Fledermaus, and Pamina in The Magic Flute. Active in oratorio, Ms. Robinson’s solo appearances include those with the Hilton Head Oratorio Society, Tar River Orchestra, Sun Coast Oratorio Society, and both the North Carolina Bach Festival and the Tallahassee Bach Parley. Her repertoire includes The Creation (Haydn), Messiah (Handel), Lord Nelson Mass (Haydn), and Christmas Oratorio (Bach).

Of her 2012 performance of Haydn’s Creation with the Arkansas Choral Society and members of the Little Rock Symphony, the Arkansas Democrat Gazette stated, “marvelous throughout. Jennifer Robinson was especially luminous in the arias ‘With verdure clad’ and ‘On mighty pens.’”

Her many recital engagements include the 50th anniversary conference of the College Music Society, the National Opera Association’s national conference in Washington, D.C., guest artist series of numerous universities, and performances for the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Concert soloist venues include the Germantown Symphony Orchestra, the Hilton Head Festival of Italian Opera, and the North Carolina Museum of Art Chamber Music Series. She also appeared at the joint national conference of the National Opera Association and National Association of Teachers of Singing in a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles.

Recent performances include singing the lead soprano role of Gertrude in the world premiere of Nancy Van de Vate’s opera Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, based on the play by Shakespeare. This performance took place in April of 2015, and was followed in May by the European premiere of the work in Prague, Czech Republic. Between these two productions, Ms. Robinson appeared as the soprano soloist in Mendlessohn’s Elijah in two collaborative performances with the Germantown Symphony and the Oxford Civic Chorus.

Ms. Robinson is a Yoga Alliance Certified Instructor of Yoga, and is currently developing programs that enhance performers’ artistic abilities through natural, holistic means. Her presentation “Yoga and Meditation for Performers” was featured on the Southern Regional Conference of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and has been offered in several other venues. The University of Mississippi now includes the class Yoga for Performers as part of its diverse class offerings.

Ms. Robinson holds a master of music degree in vocal performance from The Florida State University, and has pursued doctoral studies leading to the doctor of musical arts degree at the University of Illinois. She currently serves as instructor of music at the University of Mississippi, where she teaches studio voice, class voice, and Yoga for Performers. Ms. Robinson may be heard on Albany Records.

E-mail: jjrobins@olemiss.edu