Christine Jobson, soprano, from Miami, Florida, has performed in Spain, Portugal, Austria, Russia, the Bahamas, Bermuda, and throughout the United States. Operatic roles include the title role in Massenet’s Cendrillon, Musetta in La Bohème, Celie in Signor Deluso, and Annie and Bess in Porgy and Bess. Ms. Jobson made her Russian debut at
the Music Hall Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia, in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess Suite. South Florida concert appearances as soloist have been with the Delray Beach Chorale, Art Basel, Curtiss Mansion, Handel’s Messiah with the Hampton House Community Trust, the City of North Miami’s Mayoral Inauguration, and the opening day game with the Miami Marlins baseball team. Her debut with the South Florida Youth Orchestra of “Heart on the Wall” by Robert Owen was received with great acclaim. Christine’s work in the development of new opera includes a workshop of Beyond by Mary Ellen Childs, in a collaboration with Frost Opera Theater at the University of Miami, Opera America, and the Duffy Institute for New Opera.
Ms. Jobson recently completed a doctoral degree in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, with a dissertation on the life and legacy of composer Florence Price. Her focus is on the preservation and dissemination of vocal music by African American composers, including Negro spirituals, anthems, art song, gospel, and hymns. Christine was awarded the 2017 – 2018 Presser Foundation Graduate Music Award, given annually at the University of Miami to support research and development. In summer 2018, Ms. Jobson presented an African American art song recital at the University of Miami at Salzburg, Austria Kammermusik Konzerte series, in addition to being a winner in the Salzburg Mirabell Competition. In May 2019, Ms. Jobson won first place in the pre-professional category of the prestigious George Shirley Vocal Competition. Dr. Jobson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Oakwood University and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Kentucky. Further studies took place at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. Academic and teaching positions include Miami Union Academy, Barry University, and Florida Memorial University, and the Frost School of Music and the Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Miami.
Recent engagements include recitals featuring the opera music of Anthony Davis and performances of African American art song, including those by Florence Price. Dr. Jobson’s recordings include “By Faith,” a collection of hymns and Negro spirituals with pianist, Dr. Wayne Bucknor and “Nearly Lost: Art Songs by Florence Price” with pianist, Dr. Gregory Thompson. "Nearly Lost" was recently named one of Opera Wire's 10 essential recordings of Black composers. Recently, Dr. Jobson sang in the chorus at the Metropolitan Opera for their highly acclaimed production of Porgy and Bess. Dr. Jobson is an adjunct professor at Western Connecticut State University.
In late 2020, Dr. Jobson released her first children's book "Lily's First Trip to the Opera" which has been featured in Sigma Alpha Iota's Pan Pipe's Magazine. She also founded the Jobson Academy of Music in 2020, a virtual music school providing individual music instruction and performance opportunities for students of all ages. She is also the founder of "Black Girls Sing Opera," an organization dedicated to show the world that little black girls can do anything including sing opera! Her piece "I Dream a World" which she co-composed with Sarah Ruff was recently featured in a production by English National Opera.