Portrait of Jessica Posada

Visiting Assistant Professor of Voice and Director of Voice Studies

Hall of Music 212
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Biography

Jessica Rosas Posada, a native of Puebla, Mexico, is a vibrant soprano, performer, voice pedagogue and Mexican Art Song specialist. Dr. Posada is currently on her second year as Visiting Director of Voice Studies and Assistant Professor of Voice. Previously she taught voice, choir and ear training for 4 years at Grayson College in Denison, Texas. Her current research focuses on Mexican Art Song, specifically the vocal music of Manuel M. Ponce. In Fall of 2022 she was named Director of Vocal Editions with The Ponce Project, a non-profit organization that will be editing and publishing new editions of the vocal works by Mexican composer Manuel M. Ponce in a series of anthologies.
In 2020, Dr. Posada presented a session for the Texas Music Educators Association entitled “Voice acoustics: Vowel modification. Sing that top!”. In September 2021, she presented a lecture/recital titled: “Doce canciones mexicanas: A Singer’s Guide to Manuel M. Ponce’s (1882-1948) Mexican Romantic Art Song as Described in his Essay La canción mexicana,” at the 12th Hispanic Heritage Festival at Palm Beach Atlantic University. In Fall 2021, Dr. Posada was also selected to perform at the 71st NATS Texoma Region Artist Series, a concert entitled “Canciones de Manuel M. Ponce: An Introduction to the Mexican Art Song Canon.” This last summer she was selected as a Performing Artist to perform at the 54th National Association of Teachers of Singing National Conference, a lecture recital titled "Canciones de Manuel M. Ponce: An Introduction to the Mexican Art Song Canon."
A student of renowned pedagogue Dr. Stephen Austin, Posada earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in vocal performance with a minor vocal pedagogy from the University of North Texas. At Texas Tech University, she received the Master of Music degree in vocal performance while serving as a Teaching Assistant and also received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Texas at Brownsville. Post-doctoral studies include lessons with Dr. Nicholas Perna.
Dr. Posada is thrilled to return for a second year as Visiting Director of Voice Studies and is looking forward to making more meaningful music memories with the talented students of Whitman College.

Ph.D. Musical Arts vocal performance and vocal pedagogy
University of North Texas

M.M. Vocal Performance
Texas Tech University

B.M.E
University of Texas at Brownsville

Posada has sung as a soprano soloist for works in Mexico and the United States. Repertoire has included Orff’s Carmina Burana, Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Magnificat, and Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis. Her operatic portfolio includes the leading roles of Madame Herz in Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor, Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Norina in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, Hanna Glawari in Lehár’s The Merry Widow, and Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel.
Upcoming Performances include the soprano solos in Mozart's Requiem with Pasión, The Rio Grande Valley's Professional Chorus; and the soprano solos in Rutter's Requiem with the San Angelo Chorus in San Angelo, TX.
Dr. Posada was awarded Teaching Assistantships while pursuing graduate studies at Texas Tech University and The University of North Texas.
She has been the recipient of numerous accolades including the Aspiring Artist Summer Program Grant Award, 1st and 2nd place division winner, and the Waldman Award for Best Performance of Spanish Song all from the National Association of Teachers of Singing South Texas Chapter.