UK’s Cliff Jackson, coach of the year

Cliff Jackson in a coaching session with mezzo-soprano Brandy Lynn Hawkins in 2006. Photo by Joseph Rey Au.

Cliff Jackson in a coaching session with mezzo-soprano Brandy Lynn Hawkins in 2006. Photo by Joseph Rey Au.

University of Kentucky voice coach Cliff Jackson had been named Coach of the Year by Classical Singer magazine.

Jackson has been on UK’s voice faculty since 1992, in addition to extensive international career playing piano for artists such as Kathleen Battle and Renato Scotto in venues such as Carnegie Hall and Covenant Garden. In addition to UK, Jackson has coached at the Julliard School and Central City Opera Festival and been recognized as a leading pianist playing for organizations such as the Dance Theatre of Harlem.

At UK, Jackson has nurtured many of the leading talents to come out of the University of Kentucky’s voice department. Audiences in Central Kentucky may recognize him as the accompanist for most, and sometimes all of the singers in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Kentucky District Auditions.

Classical Singer does not allow online access to its articles to non-subscribers, so at the moment, we can only give you a hint of what Jason Vest’s article says, from the teaser on the website: “Cliff Jackson has spent more than 30 years collaborating with singers at all levels. His career has taken him to some of the grandest halls in the world playing with some of the most famous singers. But perhaps his greatest impact has been in his everyday work with the yet-to-be-discovered singers at the University of Kentucky, inspiring and influencing them to greater artistic achievement.”

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