Dr. Jessie Wright Martin

Professor, Voice, Opera, Artist-in-Residence

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D.M.A., Vocal Preformance, Louisiana State University 2005
M.M., Vocal Performance, Louisiana State University 1997
B.M., Vocal Performance, Florida State University 1995



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. 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. In 2104, she performed with John O’Brien at Carnegie Hall on the Weil Recital Hall Stage. In 2019, she performed a Scandinavian recital tour with John O’Brien .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, Director of Opera and Artist-in Residence. In 2011, Dr. Martin received the Debra O’Neal Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2014, the Edwin Mellen Press published her book The Operettas of Emmerich Kálmán. Dr. Martin is an AT.I. certified teacher of the Alexander Technique and frequently teaches workshops around the country.

Employed Since


  • Opera
  • Operetta
  • Scandinavian Art Song
  • The Alexander Technique


  • The Operettas of Emmerich Kálmán Edwin. Mellen Press, 2014
  • Princess Rosemarie in The Duchess of Chicago (Emmerich Kálmán) Operetta Foundations

    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


  • Scandinavian Recital Tour 2019-Wingate University, East Carolina University, UNCG, UNC Chapel Hill, Brevard College, University of Mississippi, Cal State-LA, University of Wisconsin-Osh Kosh and Madison
  • Romeo I capuleti e I montecchi Bellini Mosaic Arts 2016
  • Mezzo-soprano Requiem Mozart Union Symphony Orchestra 2015
  • Carnegie Hall Recital Tour 2013-2014-Weill Recital Hall, Florida State University, Louisiana State University, Wichita State University, Ohio Wesleyan University, Wingate University
  • Inez Il Trovatore Verdi Opera Carolina 2011
  • Flora La Traviata Verdi Opera Carolina 2011
  • Soloist Bizet to Broadway Various Opera Carolina 2009
  • Mercedes, (Cover) Carmen Bizet Opera Carolina 2009
  • Buttercup H.M.S Pinafore Sullivan Ohio Light Opera 2009
  • Mrs. Hiram Bent Mme. Modiste Herbert Ohio Light Opera 2009
  • Dame Hannah Ruddigore Sullivan Ohio Light Opera 2009


  • Debra O'Neil Award for Excellence in Teaching 2011
  • 2004-Winner, Kansas District NATSAA Competition
  • 2004-Second Place, West Central Region NATSAA Competition

Courses I Teach

Courses I Teach
  • Applied Voice
  • Opera Workshop
  • The Alexander Technique

Interesting Fact About Me

Interesting Fact About Me

I frequently bake and share with my friends and students.

What I Love About Wingate

What I Love About Wingate

I love working with my colleagues and students in the Music Department.