An Arkansas native, mezzo-soprano Jade Espina is a voice and piano teacher and classical singer in the Boston area. She is in her second year of graduate studies at Boston University, pursuing a Master of Music in Voice Performance as a student of Penelope Bitzas. Last year, she earned a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance and Bachelor of Music Education-Choral Emphasis from the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she earned her Initial Teaching Licensure in K-12 Music Education in the state of Colorado. During her time at CU Boulder, she was a conductor with the College of Music Middle School Ensemble program and a teaching assistant with Boulder Children’s Chorale for several years.
Jade is completing her second year as a teaching fellow for Boston Children’s Chorus and served as the Boston University Symphonic Chorus Manager for the 2019-2020 academic school year. She has performed with multiple summer music programs such as Miami Music Festival, Chicago Summer Opera, Up North Vocal Institute, University of Colorado Boulder Music & Performing Arts Renaissance in the XXI Century Study Abroad Program, Brevard Music Festival, and CU NOW (University of Colorado Boulder New Opera Workshop).
This year, Jade performed the roles of Estelle Oglethorpe in Later the Same Evening and Mother Goose in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress in BU Opera Institute. She is also a mezzo-soprano soloist with the BSNJ Vocal Ensemble at Boston’s Church on the Hill and on Piano/Voice Staff with 77 Arts Academy in Acton, MA. Jade believes that music education fosters the spirit of community and collaboration, builds listening skills strong ear training, and most importantly, is an essential form of communication and expression.
Developing respectful relationships in a safe and fun environment, while also encouraging mistakes as an acceptable form of learning, offers students the ability to participate and incorporate aspects of themselves in music. Entering each lesson with set objectives and goals is essential for the discipline and longevity of an authentic musical experience. Having studied violin and piano since the age of six, Jade values the importance of private instruction as well as the quality of education through ensemble training and practice. Exploring repertoire through a variety of genres leads to the discovery of possibilities as a young musician through the process of establishing a solid and reliable foundation and fundamental technique as a performer.