From the Director, Jessica Zamek
Greetings! Welcome to our opening season of the Putnam Chorale Youth Chorus! I am thrilled to be directing this new group. We are living in extraordinary times and our world needs uplifting! We can start in our communities by making music! Our program is designed to support and expand the exemplary music education currently offered in our local schools. As a singer, teacher and conductor, I know the joy of being in a chorus. I look forward to working to help mold the music education of our youth and give light to new opportunities for expression in song.
Soprano, Voice Teacher, Conductor
Soprano Jessica Zamek possesses a crystal-clear, full lyric voice praised for the complexity of its harmonics and well-suited to roles such as Mimi ( La bohème ), Blanche Dubois (A Streetcar Named Desire ), Countess Almaviva ( The Marriage of Figaro ), and the title role in Susannah. Most recently, she appeared as Madame Lidoine in The Dialogues of the Carmelites with the Midwest Opera Institute and as the soprano soloist in Messiah with the Sherman Chamber Ensemble in Kent, CT. She also created the role of Woman 2 in the world premiere of Tiange Zhou’s Smog at Pocket Opera.
Ms. Zamek’s repertoire includes the title role in Manon , Despina in Così fan tutte , Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, and Carolina in Il matrimonio segreto . An accomplished recitalist artist, she regularly concertizes throughout New England and Colorado. Most recently, she has been heard in a lecture recital at Christ Episcopal Church in Poughkeepsie, NY, a concert of opera arias at St. Michael’s Chapel in Kent, CT, and A Candlelight Vigil for Our Girls, a special event held in Smithtown, NY.
Ms. Zamek is a dedicated church musician since early childhood, serving as section leader, children’s music director, and frequently as a soloist. She also frequently lends her voice at patriotic and community events such as parades, homecomings, and occasions calling for the national anthem. Her catalogue includes an extensive repertoire of jazz. She has also fronted big bands and jazz combos for the past twenty years.
A native of Maine, Ms. Zamek earned her Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance from Western Connecticut State University, where she studied with Dr. Margaret Astrup. She attended graduate school at the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford and studied with Mary Mac and Jerome Pruett. She is an veteran private voice teacher who works with students of all ages, an experienced high school choir director, and an early childhood music specialist. Currently, she teaches private voice lessons at the Rye Country Day School. She studies with Dr. Sherry Overholt.