Music Department

Jessica Ann Best

Contact Information

Jessica Ann Best

Jessica Ann Best

Lecturer Applied Music in Music
585-389-2700
jbest2@naz.edu

Biography

Jessica is versatile artist, known for her dramatic interpretation and an easy, beautiful sound that crosses the operatic, musical theater, and concert stage. Ms. Best premiered Gordon Getty’s The Canterville Ghost and Usher House with LA OPERA in June 2018; performing the roles of Mrs. Otis and Madeline as Child. Best recently debuted the roles with The Center for Contemporary Opera in October 2018.

Best has recorded the new opera, Jane Eyre, on the Naxos label by composer Louis Karchin, singing the roles of Bessie and Mary Rivers. Best performed these roles with The Center for Contemporary Opera in October 2017. Ms. Best performed the premiere of International Carol Suites by Mark Hayes, a DCINY production at Carnegie Hall in November of 2017. Best also premiered the role of Alice Ryley, by Michael Ching, with the Savannah Voice Festival in 2015.

Ms. Best recently finished a spring tour with Velvet Caravan; an award-winning gypsy-jazz ensemble. She returned to The Savannah Music Festival with Velvet Caravan in concert this April and in a co-production with the Savannah Voice Festival; featuring songs of Classical Broadway. Best will perform with Velvet Caravan at Nazareth College this October.

Best joinedThe Greenwich Choral Society on May 5th for an evening of Joyous Jazz! Best has been a featured artist with The Savannah Music Festival, The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, The Florida Orchestra, and The Rochester Oratorio Society. She has performed with The Santa Fe Opera, Opera Tampa, The Center for Contemporary Opera, Gotham Chamber Opera, Nickel City Opera, and Finger Lakes Opera.

Departmental Responsibilities

  • Applied Voice

Education

  • Northwestern University, M.M.
  • Nazareth College, B.M.