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Dr. Tiffany Renée Jackson

Tiffany Jackson

David Orr Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts

School of Music

Contact Information

Phone: 828.227.2240
Office: 463 Coulter Building
Personal Website:
Pronouns: She/Her


<b>Dr. Tiffany Renée Jackson</b> was raised in New Haven, CT. She is classical/jazz singer, vocal pedagogue, certified fitness/health consultant, natural bodybuilder, motivational speaker and writer of the one woman show, <i>From the Hood to the Ivy Leagu</i>e. She earned a Bachelor of Music from the University of Michigan, Master of Music and Artist Diploma from Yale University School of Music, Professional Studies Certificate from Manhattan School of Music, and a Doctoral of Musical Arts from the University of Connecticut.<br><br>Dr. Jackson was an apprentice with the Houston Grand Opera Studio, where she debuted the role of the Mother in Mark Adamo’s <i>Little Women</i>. In addition, she was an artist with the Aspen Music Festival, Tanlgewood Music Festival, and Ravinia Music Festival. Her European debut included a series of concerts with Rogers Vignoles at the Bath Festival Trust and in 2005, she made her Carnegie Hall debut as the soprano soloist in Haydn’s <i>Mass in Time of War</i>. Dr. Jackson has worked with notable conductors such as Patrick Summers, Christoph Eschenbach, James Conlon, and the late Gustav Meier.<br><br>Dr. Jackson can be heard on the following recordings, <i>Fare Ye Well</i>, a project commemorating the life of Willis Patterson, S<i>weet Perfume in an Alabaster Jar </i>and, <i>A Balm in Gilead</i> with Emmy Award winning composer, Rex Cadwallader, drummer, Arti Dixson and bassist, Mike Assetta.<br><br>Dr. Jackson has appeared on America’s Got Talent as the opera singing body builder in 2011 and in 2003, she was chosen to travel to South Africa with Oprah Winfrey. For three years, she was an adjunct voice teacher at Choate Rosemary Hall and the President of Gift Passion Purpose Project, Inc., a non profit organization she founded whose mission is to provide mentoring and resources to gifted musicians in underserved communities.<br><br>In 2019, Dr. Jackson debuted her one woman show, From the Hood to the Ivy League. The show is a multimedia and multidimensional endeavor that encompasses the discovery of her gift to sing, her passion for body and health and her purpose to serve the greater community.<br>In the fall, Dr. Jackson will join the faculty at Western Carolina University as Professor of Music (Voice), a tenure track position.


  • DMA, University of Connecticut
  • MM, Yale University
  • BM, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Teaching Interests

African American contributions in the landscape of American popular forms of music, vocal modes and styles as it pertains to cultural influences, Wholistic approaches to voice study, and From blues to hiphop.

Research Interests

Bodybuilding and the vocal apparatus, psychology of the voice, voice and the chakras, jazz and French Melodie and de-centering Eurocentrism in music education.

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