Vocal Instructor, Young Artists Vocal Program, BU Tanglewood Institute
Winner of The American Prize (2021) for women in opera, mezzo-soprano Jacquelyn Matava has been praised for her “warm sound” and “soothing legato line.” She made her debut at the 2022 Glimmerglass Festival as Nelda in Kamala Sankaram’s Taking Up Serpents and also covered Mercédès in Carmen. An accomplished concert artist, Dr. Matava has been heard as a soloist in performances of Bach’s Mass in B minor, Duruflé’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor, and Stravinsky’s Les Noces. She has sung with Tanglewood Music Center, Lucerne Festival Academy, Opera Saratoga, Crested Butte Music Festival, Opera San Antonio, Alamo City Opera, Victoria Bach Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and Hudson Valley BachFest.
Dr. Matava serves as Associate Professor of Music at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, where she teaches applied voice, opera workshop, and aural skills. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, National Opera Association, and Texas Music Educators Association, and has been a sought-after adjudicator for competitions across the United States. She also serves as Managing Editor for SongHelix, a searchable art song database (SongHelix.com).
A native of Farmington, Connecticut, Dr. Matava holds a D. M. and M. M. in vocal performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and B. A. in music and economics from Vassar College.