JESSICA USHERWOOD ('99)
Usherwood, soprano, began her vocal studies at Lee University under the
guidance of Virginia Horton. Upon graduation with a Bachelor of Arts in
music, she studied with Valija Bumbulis of Fisk University in
Nashville, Tennessee and completed a master’s degree in Voice
Performance and Vocal Pedagogy at the Chicago College of Performing Arts
of Roosevelt University.
Jessica has appeared with the Chicago
Opera Theater, at the Chicago Cultural Center, and in the celebrated
Harris Theater, credited for contributing to the performing arts
renaissance in downtown Chicago. Recently she inaugurated Lee
University's Distinguished Alumni Recital Series, where she presented a
program of American art songs.
Jessica is the soprano of the
International Chamber Artists (ICA). With ICA she has performed works
including Mozart's Requiem, Britten's Les Illuminations, and Barber's
Knoxville: Summer of 1915. During the 2010-‐2011 ICA season, Jessica
performed works including Ralph Vaughn Williams' Ten Blake Songs and
Giovanni Pergolesi's Stabat Mater. She is currently pursuing a doctoral
degree at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University.