Dr. Tiffany Renée Jackson
Assistant Professor of Music (Voice)
New Haven, CT native, Dr. Tiffany Renée Jackson, is a groundbreaking multidisciplinary artist. She has excelled in the classical and jazz aesthetics as a singer, scholar, and vocal pedagogue. She earned a Bachelor of Music from the University of Michigan, a Master of Music and Artist Diploma from Yale School of Music, a Professional Studies Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Connecticut.
Dr. Tiffany Renee Jackson has an extensive lauded singing career that spans both the classical and jazz genres. Following an apprenticeship with the Houston Grand Opera Studio, the Metropolitan Opera awarded her a study grand, which led to international performances in Norway, Slovenia, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, and many others. She has been a featured soloist with numerous Symphony Orchestras including National Philharmonic Orchestra, Gotham City Orchestra, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Greater Bridgeport Symphony, and the Akron Symphony. Dr. Jackson has performed in premier festivals such as Tanglewood, Ravinia and the Aspen Festival. In 2005, she made a Carnegie Hall debut as the soprano soloist in Haydn’s Paukenmesse.
Dr. Jackson’s most recent performances include a Christmas concert with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and a performance of her one woman show, “Rising of the Necessary Diva” at the Bardo Arts Center in Cullowhee, NC. In the jazz arena, Dr. Jackson is known for her interpretations of the music of Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington. She has appeared at the Blue Note (NYC) and Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, at Jazz Lincoln Center. She can be heard on recordings with Emmy Award winning pianist, composer and educator, Dr. Rex Cadwallader, A Balm in Gilead, and Sweet Perfume in an Alabaster Jar.
In addition to her singing credits, Dr. Jackson is a fitness competitor and sports nutrition specialist. She brought all her talents to the world in 2011 when she appeared on “America’s Got Talent” as the “Necessarydiva”, the opera singing bodybuilder. She appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show in 2003, which highlighted her trip to South Africa with Harpo Productions.
After two successful years as Assistant Professor of Music at Western Carolina University, this fall Dr. Jackson joined the faculty at Hampton University, one of the nation’s most prestigious HBCU’s. For information regarding Dr. Jackson’s upcoming performances and appearances, visit www.necessarydiva.net.