ABOUT

   Soprano Jessica Louise Coe is an accomplished soloist, chamber music enthusiast, and music educator who has performed at venues worldwide.  As an early member of the North American Choral Company, (Grand Rapids, MI), she was afforded the opportunity to perform at the United Nations, The Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, and in cities across the Netherlands.  More recently, she has appeared with companies throughout the Midwest including The Kalamazoo Bach Festival Chorus, The Grand Rapids Bach Chorale, The Grant Park Chorus, Elgin Opera, The Chicago Chorale, Chicago Opera Initiative, Opera Grand Rapids, at Liebestraum with members of the Grand Rapids Symphony, and at the Byron Colby Barn Early Music Series.  

 

      With an affinity for art song, Ms. Coe is a frequent recitalist, having presented programs with concert series across the Midwest, including GVSU's Arts at Noon and The National Shrine of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini's Music in the Shrine.  In 2013, she was named a National Finalist in the American Prize Contest for Art Song Performance. 

 

  Favorite past appearances include soprano soloist in Carmina Burana with the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest at Chicago's Symphony Center, soprano soloist in the Michigan premiere of Requiem for Those Who Died of Famine, by Ukrainian composer Yevhen Stankovych (with the K Philharmonia) the voice of Anne Frank in James Whitbourn's Annelies, (with Tower Chorale) "Young Mother" in the world premiere of "Panov's Dream, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro,  (WMOP) Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, (CCPA), Maguelonne in Viardot's Cinderella, (CCPA), Belinda and Second Woman in Dido & Aeneas (Elgin Opera,) Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro (Opera Grand Rapids), Cousin in Madama Butterfly (Opera Grand Rapids), and Amy March in Little Women, (DePaul University.)  Also a professional pianist, she has enjoyed playing with pit orchestras for musicals, auditions, and with Lyric Opera of Chicago's OperaKids program.

 

   Ms. Coe teaches voice at Calvin University in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo College and has served on the boards of the Chicago Chapter of NATS, (The National Association of Teachers of Singing), and the education committee with Opera Grand Rapids.  

Jessica Louise Coe was cute as a button and a clever little lynx. -The Grand Rapids Press