President/CEO of Go-DIVA! Productions, Inc. and professional vocalist, Jennifer Cooper, offers a unique, deeply varied repertoire of entertainment, blurring the boundaries of genres and styles. Before taking the stage as a jazz, blues and pop songstress, Cooper sustained a successful, professional opera career yielding rave reviews for more than thirty principle roles and various concert appearances throughout Europe, Canada and the U.S., and accumulated coveted top prizes in competitions including the Metropolitan Opera National Council, National Symphony Orchestra Young Artists, among others. Recently, her guest soloist spots have included; River Concert Series with the Chesapeake Orchestra (Jeffery Silberschlag); 45th Annual Clarendon United Methodist Church “Messiah” performance, “Come to the Cabaret” with the Rappahannock Pops Orchestra (Kirk Wilke); several appearances with the Chesapeake Choral Arts Society (Michael Santana), as well as frequent performances on the concert series throughout the nation. Cooper and her current jazz/blues/pop ensemble, GrooveSpan, remain in high demand for numerous venues, music festivals, concert series, and special public and private events.
While earning degrees in Solo Vocal Performance (B.A. – University of Maryland Baltimore County, M.M. – Arizona State University School of Music) , Cooper studied the art and science of Vocal Technique and Pedagogy with an intense appetite for knowledge and understanding about the anatomical and synergetic mechanics of the Breathing and Phonation systems. Over the past twenty years, Cooper has achieved an extraordinary capacity for learning, processing, clarifying and teaching others the intricacies of meeting their greatest potential in singing beautifully, competitively, efficiently, and healthily in any genre. Her four-year stint as the sole voice instructor at EMU (Harrisonburg, VA) – during a break from the stage – provided opportunities for new course development , including Musical Theater and Opera Scenes classes which she single-handedly created and directed to high acclaim. She also served as Music Director and Conductor for major musical productions and choral ensembles. Cooper currently serves as a highly respected private voice instructor and expert vocal technique master class and workshop facilitator.
Cooper has created, produced and starred in several original music productions, including her one-woman, auto-biographical musical cabaret, “Go-DIVA! ~ of Song, Silence & the Abuse of Chocolate” (written by LB Hamilton), “Velvet Nights” (international cabaret), and “Only Yesterday” (Carpenters tribute). Her popular showcase series, “Opera Night” and “Broadway Night” consistently played to sold-out audiences in the southern Maryland region while her highly acclaimed “Sentimental Journey” (WWII era tribute) presentation continues to tour the east coast.
It was her original fundraiser production of “Go-DIVA! Act III: The Swan Takes Flight” (sequel to the original “Go-DIVA!”) that sparked her relationship with Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra & Choir and raised $5,800 for the organization. She has served as a Board member, Artistic Director of Choirs, and is currently Director of the Ambassador Program and Special Performances.
As president and CEO of Go-DIVA! Productions, Inc. (a live music presenter company), Cooper strives to provide exceptional quality entertainment, spanning four centuries of genres and styles, while continuing to educate, inspire, and support the next generation of creative artists. Please visit www.go-diva.webs.com to learn more!