Jessie Wright Martin

Jessie Wright Martin, Associate Professor of Voice and Director of Opera
Louisiana State University, D.M.A.
Louisiana State University, M.M.
Florida State University, B.M.
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Mezzo-soprano Jessie Wright Martin has enjoyed great success singing on both the lyric and concert stages.  She has performed with Opera Carolina, South East Kansas Symphony, Baton Rouge Symphony, Union Symphony Orchestra, Pensacola Opera, The Ohio Light Opera, and Hays Symphony Orchestra.  Dr. Martin has also performed numerous roles in both opera and operetta.  She has been the winner of several awards and scholarships including the Katherine Dunham Baton Rouge Opera Guild Scholarship, the Rotary Club Scholarship, and the Jules F. Landry Scholarship, as well as being named a finalist in the Rose-Palmai Tenser Mobile Opera Competition.  She was the winner of the 2004 Kansas NATSAA competition.  She can be heard on both the Albany Records and Operetta Archives labels on several recordings including Ruddigore, The Gondoliers, Bluebeard, Mlle. Modiste, and The Mikado.  Dr. Martin holds her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Louisiana State University.  She also holds a Master’s in Music in Vocal Performance from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor’s in Music in Vocal Performance from The Florida State University.  Dr. Martin is currently on the faculty at Wingate University serving as Associate Professor of Voice and Director of Opera.  In 2011, Dr. Martin received the Debra O’Neal Award for Excellence in teaching at Dr.  Martin is as AT.I. certified teacher of the Alexander Technique.
Applied Voice
Opera Workshop
Solo Vocal Literature
Professional Organizations
National Association of Teachers of Singing
Alexander Technique International
Pi Kappa Lamda
Professional Activities
Inez in Opera Carolina’s production of Il trovatore. Broadcast on NPR’s The World of Opera.
Flora in Opera Carolina’s production of La traviata.
Alexander Technique workshops at regional institutions.
Yearly faculty recitals.
Dame Hannah in Ruddigore (Arthur Sullivan) Albany Records 
Mrs. Hirma Bent in Mme. Modiste (Victor Herbert) Albany Records 
Pitti-Sing in The Mikado (Arthur Sullivan) Albany Records
Bulotte in Bluebeard (Jacques Offenbach) Albany Records
Inez in The Gondoliers (Arthur Sullivan) Albany Records
Suzette in The Firefly (Rudolf Friml) Albany Records
Mrs. Partlett in The Sorcerer (Arthur Sullivan) Albany Records
M. de la Fere in The Red Mill (Victor Herbert) Albany Records 
Barbara in A Night in Venice (Johann Strauss) Newport Classic 
Sacharissa in Princess Ida (Sullivan) Newport Classic
Gold and Silver (Aria from The Gondoliers, Sullivan) Operetta Archives
Gems from The Ohio Light Opera (Sextet from La Vie Parisienne, Offenbach) Operetta Archives