Jocelyn Zelasko, soprano

Detroit-based soprano, Jocelyn Zelasko, is a versatile musician and teaching artist whom is celebrated as an insightful performer of contemporary classical vocal repertoire. She performs a variety of music ranging from Pergolesi to Cage in festivals and concerts around the world including Trinidad and Tobago, Italy, Greece, Canada, and the United States.

Among her significant accomplishments as a contemporary music vocalist, Ms. Zelasko performed the Michigan premiere of Crumb’s, Yellow Moon of Andalusia at New Music Detroit’s Strange Beautiful Music Festival; sang the world premieres of “Mill Doors” from Sandburg Songs by Schreibeis and Three Beasts by Kaufman at SoundSCAPE in Maccagno, Italy; and was a featured soloist at SICPP in Boston, MA where she performed works by Cage, Crumb, Berberian, Ives, and Schwantner.

Ms. Zelasko also originated the title role of Pat Sturn in the new mixed-media chamber opera, Pat & Emilia, by Sievers-Hunt, Gervais, and Smallman. She played Pat Sturn in the opera’s North American Tour including a debut performance with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, she made her first film appearance in the Canadian Arts Productions documentary about the chamber opera entitled, Imagining Angels. While being interviewed for the documentary, Ms. Zelasko discussed her inspirations to play Pat Sturn feeling connected to Pat’s fierce independence, quest for perfection, and unwavering passion for art.

She studied at Oakland University and the University of Iowa completing a BMus in Vocal Performance and a BS in Economics from Oakland University in Rochester Hills, MI, and a MA in Vocal Performance from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA. In addition to her work as a performing artist, Ms. Zelasko is a lecturer of music theory and a PhD candidate at Oakland University; she frequently conducts master classes in the greater Detroit area, and maintains a thriving private voice studio.