Jesse Wakeman

Jesse Wakeman is a Maine native, born and raised on Penobscot Bay in the blossoming coastal community of Belfast. With talented and active singers as parents, he and his siblings were steeped in the musical world from day one. This fostered a passion for music, and with the help of many great mentors along the way he has established himself as an up-and-coming vocalist, teacher, conductor, and composer in southern Maine. As a vocalist, Jesse has been hailed for bringing his rich, powerful tone and sensitive interpretations to every performance. He has been a featured soloist with groups across northern New England, including the Portland Symphony Orchestra, OperaMaine, ChoralArt, St. Mary’s Schola, and various community groups, such as the White Mountain Musical Arts Bach Festival, and the Lincoln Festival Chorus. Jesse has been teaching voice since 2009, focusing on healthy practices, sensitive artistry, and strong musicianship. He has worked at the collegiate level, with semi-professional musicians, and those who simply wish to expand their experiences later in life. His teachings foster healthy tone production rooted in classical techniques, but can be applied to any and all styles of music, from opera to pop and everything in between. His students have gone on to pursue successful careers in performance, education, and composition.
In addition to performing and teaching, Jesse serves as the Chorus Master for the White Mountain Musical Arts annual Bach Festival, and has worked as the Assistant Chorus Master for several OperaMaine productions. He currently serves as the music director at the First Parish Congregational Church in Gorham, Maine. Jesse holds a Master’s degree in choral conducting and a Bachelor’s in Music Education from the University of Southern Maine, and is an alumnus of the Berklee College of Music. He has had the privilege of working and studying with some of the greatest conductors, teachers, and directors in the country, including Dr. Robert Russell, Maestro Stephen Lord, Dr. Peter Martin, and Dr. Robert Lehmann.

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