Oregon native Jessica Hall enjoys an active career in Minneapolis and around the United States with a diverse background including roles as pianist, assistant and offstage conductor, coach, and chorusmaster on the music staff of more than 35 opera productions with Minnesota Opera, Portland Opera, Opera Memphis, Brava! Opera Theater, USC Opera, Opera UCLA, Pacific Opera Project, Rogue Opera, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, and Aspen Opera Theater, among others.
She has played under noted conductors Osmo Vänskä, Michael Christie, Joseph Colaneri, George Manahan, David Agler, Brent McMunn, Steven Osgood, Nicholas Fox, and Robert Spano, and worked in the vocal departments at USC, UCLA, Chapman University, Pasadena City College, and Scripps College. Previous faculty positions include the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival and OperaWorks in Los Angeles.
She has performed in recital with Rod Gilfry and participated in master classes and residencies with celebrated pianists, singers, and composers such as Marilyn Horne, Martin Katz, John Churchwell, Jeremy Denk, Anthony Dean Griffey, Nathan Gunn, Jake Heggie, Eric Owens, Denyce Graves, and Ricky Ian Gordon. While at Opera Memphis she performed with the PRIZM Chamber Ensemble, and she could be heard on NPR performing excerpts from the opera Glory Denied by Tom Cipullo.
She spent the summers of 2012 and 2013 as an opera coaching fellow with the Aspen Opera Theater Center, the summers of 2014 and 2016 on the collaborative piano faculty of the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, and was a 2015 Vocal Piano Fellow at the Music Academy of the West. Jessica earned a Graduate Certificate, Master of Music, and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees in Keyboard Collaborative Arts with emphases in musicology, opera coaching, and vocal literature from the University of Southern California under the guidance of Alan Smith. She earned a BA in Music and a BM in piano performance from the University of Washington.
This past summer Jessica joined the music staff at Portland Opera for its production of Eugene Onegin, after which she returned to Hawaii Performing Arts Festival as part of the collaborative piano program faculty. She returns to Minnesota Opera for her second season as a Resident Artist.