Selected Alumni Bios

Jennifer Goode Cooper

Jennifer Goode Cooper (B.M., 2000, Vocal Performance/Music Theatre) soprano, described by the New York Times as a “powerful, expressive soprano” with “great dramatic instincts,” is one of America’s most promising sopranos. She sang the role of Musetta in Baz Luhrmann’s Broadway and Los Angeles productions of Puccini’s La Bohème, shortly after covering the 2nd Lady in The Magic Flute at Opera Theater of St. Louis. Jennifer has earned many high honors including: 2001 Grand Prize~ Kurt Weill Foundation’s Lenya Competition (judged by Theresa Stratas and Christoph Eschenbach), 4th Place~ 2002 MacAllister Awards, Regional Finalist~ 2003 Met Councils, Finalist~ Eugene Opera’s 2005 Belle Voce Competition, Bundage Award~ 2006 Orpheus Vocal Competition, 3rd place~ 2006 Opera Birmingham Competition, the von Aken Award~ 2006 Mobile Opera’s Palmer-Tensai Competition, 3rd Place~ Shreveport Opera’s Singer of the Year. While earning her Master’s from Manhattan School of Music in the studio of Edith Bers, she was chosen to sing the role of Female Chorus in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia by renowned Maestro Julius Rudel, and the role of Mary Follet in the NYC debut of William Mayer’s A Death in the Family (Cast recording on Albany Records). She has sung summers at the Opera Theater of St. Louis, Bowdoin International and Greenwich Music Festivals. Jennifer is thrilled to have worked closely with Charles Riecker, Warren Jones, Ricki Ian Gordon, Baz Luhrmann, Ben Moore, the Orchestra of St. Lukes, Memphis Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Brian Zeger, Martin Katz, JJ Penna, and Pierre Vallet.

Before singing classically, she sang extensively in the Music Theater repertoire. Mrs. Cooper performed the role of Babe Williams (The Pajama Game) at the Goodspeed Opera House to the approval of its composer, Richard Adler. Other regional credits: George M. (Fay Templeton) at Goodspeed, My Fair Lady (Eliza u/s), A Christmas Carol (Meg), and Joseph… (Narrator Standby)at North Shore Music Theater, Pirates of Penzance (Edith) at Kansas City Rep/Arizona Theater Co., Jesus Christ Superstar (Mary Magdalene) at Shreveport Opera, and the role of Anna as a Guest Artist in The King and I at Theatre Memphis. Jennifer received her B. M. in Vocal Performance/Music Theater from NYU Steinhardt, playing Julie Jordan (Carousel) and Fiona MacClaren (Brigadoon)… She has sung numerous cabarets at the Firebird Café in NYC, concerts at Carnegie Hall, backup for Patti LuPone, and benefits with Neil Diamond.

Jennifer recently sang Haydn’s Creation with the Middle TN Choral Society, and Mendelssohn’s St. Paul and Faure’s Requiem with the Memphis Symphony. She currently performs in concert and opera across the United States. Please visit for details.