Teaching Artist Statement
As a teacher, I strive to guide each student to find their own true voice because I believe that every person, regardless of background or experience, has the ability and potential to sing beautifully. I believe every student deserves a high quality musical education, and I work to develop this through emphasis on healthy vocal technique, musical phrasing, ear training, music theory, and working to understand the intention of the composer. The quality of thinking that one develops working on music and singing in this manner, naturally influences the way one thinks throughout life, whether in school, work, or every day social interaction. Therefore, I strongly believe we are creating better and happier citizens when we are teaching children and young adults to sing!
Jennifer Ann Pearl has been teaching students of all ages for the last eighteen years, in private as well as in choral settings. Her unique background includes classical vocal studies with an emphasis in the Italian bel canto method, and a study and performance of the African-American Spiritual, both as a choral conductor and soloist. Her work as a young singer in both singing in and observing master classes with late Bass-baritone, William Warfield and Metropolitan opera vocal coach, Sylvia Olden Lee, shaped her approach to music as being "between the notes" and derived from the poetry/text of the song. Jen is on the voice faculty at EKS Music School (Quincy, MA) and maintains a private vocal studio in her home, as well as being the founder and conductor of the Quincy-based Schiller Boston-Area Community Chorus. She frequently runs free choral and vocal workshops in Dorchester at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, to teach the congregants and members of the community to sing. Jen received a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Indiana University (2001, Bloomington, IN), and is an active member of National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and the Greater Boston Choral Consortium. She has been with South Shore Conservatory since 2019, EKS Music School since 2017 and teaches privately from her home in Braintree.
Soprano, Jen Pearl, performs in concert venues and various churches in the Boston-area. She has performed Russian, Italian, and Yiddish repertoire at Harvard University for concerts sponsored by the Harvard Chinese Students and Scholars Association. She also sings with Big Smile Entertainment and the Very Merry Dickens Carolers. As a conductor and singer, she has performed at such venues as the Cathedral of the Holy Cross (Boston), Carnegie Hall (NYC), St. Mary's Episcopal Church (Dorchester), and Riverside Church (NYC). She has a passion for singing Yiddish folk songs, German Lieder, and African American Spirituals. She earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance in 2001 where she studied with Metropolitan Opera Baritone, Timothy Noble. Following her college studies, she traveled to Italy to train and perform in master classes with Verdi soprano, Antonella Banaudi.