Iowa native, Jennifer Weiman, is a recent graduate from Wichita State University having received her Masters of Music in Opera Performance under Dr. Pina Mozzani. Ms. Weiman performed many roles in WSU's Opera Theater productions including Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Jo in Mark Adamo’s Little Women, Mère Marie in Les Dialogues des Carmélites, Nerone in L’incornazione di Poppea and Marchesa Melibea in Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims. Jennifer has performed with Opera Kansas and was a member of the Young Artist Program with Wichita Grand Opera for two seasons. With WGO, she had the opportunity to share the stage with Wichita State alum and Grammy winner, Joyce DiDonato, as Bertha in Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
Ms. Weiman participated in Opera in the Ozarks in Eureka Springs, Arkansas where she performed the role of Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus and for her reprisal of Jo was awarded Best Overall Performance by a Male or Female. Jennifer has sung with the Wichita Chamber Chorale, been a soloist with the University Congregational Church Choir and Quincy Point Congregational Church in Quincy, MA as the alto section leader. She has been featured as a soloist in Mendolssohn's Elijah, Bach's Cantata No. 29, John Rutter's Magnificat, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and most recently in Handel’s Messiah with The Presbyterian Church of Stanley in Overland Park.
At home both in the worlds of oratorio and contemporary music, Ms. Weiman was invited to perform at the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy and premiere new works by up and coming composers and won the opportunity to have an original piece written for her. After graduation Jennifer spent a year living in Massachusetts where she made her Boston debut performing the role of Genevieve in Hindemith’s The Long Christmas Dinner with OperaHub.
Also in Boston, Jennifer starred as the Evil Queen in Juventas New Music Ensemble's Opera Project world premiere of Polina Nazaykinskaya's The Magic Mirror, an original opera sung in Russian and based on Pushkin’s Snow White. Juventas was invited to take The Magic Mirror to the International Fringe Festival where Ms. Weiman made her New York City debut. Jennifer moved to Kansas City, MO and began studying privately with Dr. Rebecca Sherburn at UMKC.
Since moving to Kansas City, Jennifer has had the pleasure of singing with the Grammy award winning vocal ensemble, the Kansas City Chorale. Last spring, Jennifer performed as part of the Ruel Joyce Recital Series at Johnson County Community College, Ms. Weiman sung original works by composer Forrest Pierce with pianist Michael Kirkendoll, a faculty member at KU and founding member of the Cortona Sessions for New Music.
Jennifer currently sings as a choir soloist at Westport Presbyterian Church, teaches private and group voice at Music House School of Music in Overland Park, Kansas as well as teaching dance to pre-school children with Tippi Toes – Kansas City. She enjoys sharing her love of music and dance with the next generation of performers.
Photographer: Emily Trapp