Jessica Hall
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Jessica Hall

American pianist Jessica Hall enjoys an active career around the world with a diverse background including roles as pianist, assistant and offstage conductor, coach, and chorus master on the music staff of more than 65 opera productions with Seattle Opera, Wexford Festival Opera, Minnesota Opera, Portland Opera, Opera Memphis, Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, Brava! Opera Theater, USC Opera, Opera UCLA, University of Puget Sound, Pacific Opera Project, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, and Aspen Opera Theater. She has played under noted conductors Osmo Vänskä, Michael Christie, Joseph Colaneri, George Manahan, David Agler, Brent McMunn, Steven Osgood, Nicholas Fox, Anne Manson and Robert Spano, and worked within the vocal departments of USC, UCLA, Chapman University, Pasadena City College, and Scripps College. Previous faculty positions include the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival and OperaWorks in Los Angeles. A frequent collaborator, Jessica has performed in concert with Olafur Sigurdarson, Rod Gilfry, Gemma Summerfield, and Marie Lenormand 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. At Minnesota Opera she was selected to be principal pianist and coach for three world premieres, The Shining by Paul Moravec and Mark Campbell, Dinner at Eight by William Bolcom and Mark Campbell, and The Fix by Joel Puckett and Eric Simonson. Leading up to the premiere of Dinner at Eight she was the pianist for previews at Opera America’s New Works Forum in NYC. During a preview on Twin Cities Public Television, composer William Bolcom said, “Jessica Hall is fantastically multi-talented. I’ve never seen a rehearsal pianist who is able to find all the styles she can and she manages to make her piano sound like an orchestra.” She was the pianist, coach and orchestral pianist for the European premiere of Dinner at Eight at the 2018 Wexford Festival Opera under the direction of David Agler.​ She spent two summers as an opera coaching fellow with the Aspen Opera Theater Center and was a 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. Her doctoral lecture recital subject focused on the 14th century Persian poet Hafiz and his influence on German Romantic literature and music, specifically the works of Goethe, Daumer, and Bethge as set to music by Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, Wolf, and Strauss. Upon completion of her Doctoral studies she was named Outstanding DMA Graduate of the Keyboard Collaborative Arts Program. She earned a BA in Music and a BM in piano performance from the University of Washington. Jessica was a member of the music staff at Portland Opera from 2015-2020 and assisted on productions of Eugene Onegin, Man of La Mancha, Così fan tutte, Orfeo ed Euridice, As One, Il barbiere di Siviglia, and La finta giardiniera. In 2019 she coached Le nozze di Figaro at the University of Southern California and returned to Opera Memphis for the new American Opera The Falling and the Rising by Zach Redler and Jerre Dye. In July she joined Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra in Colorado as principal pianist for L'elisir d'amore. In August she returned to Opera Memphis for As One and in the fall she returned to Wexford Festival Opera in Ireland for La cucina and Adina and as Music Director for Cendrillon by Viardot. She joined Seattle Opera in November, 2019 for The Falling and the Rising. In 2020 Jessica returned to Opera Memphis for Suor Angelica/Gianni Schicchi and Così fan tutte. Performances of Così fan tutte and her remaining 2020 engagements with Portland Opera (Pagliacci and Three Decembers) were cancelled due to COVID-19. She performed a virtual recital with Damien Geter in Seattle Opera's Songs of Summer Recital Series in August, 2020.