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Arts Leadership

Capacity Building • Administration • Equity

Marketing & Communications • Project Management • Performance

Originally from Orlando, FL, Jaime Sharp (she/her) is "a mezzo-soprano whose artistry, administration, and activism is rooted in accessibility and change" (TRILLOQUY). She now resides in Cincinnati, OH on the unceded territories of the Algonquian-speaking Shawnee, Miami, and Delaware tribes. 


Jaime is an Arts Leader who advocates for all identities to be strong contributors in the field. She is driven to create transformative musical experiences through storytelling, and discover ways in which the arts can positively impact society. She currently serves as the Communications & Publications Manager for Grantmakers in the Arts, and the Director of Communications & Audience Development for the Cincinnati Song Initiative. This fall, she joins The Dallas Opera Hart Institute for Women Administrators. She is a mentee for Women of Color in the Art's Leadership Through Mentorship, and an inaugural cohort member for OPERA America's Opera Leaders of Color and the All Rise Initiative with Tom O'Connor Consultants.


Her work is strongly focused on racial equity, serving as the 2021-2022 EDI Research Fellow for Association of Arts Administration Educators, and former Administrative Manager for the Black Opera Alliance. Jaime co-founded the choral ensemble Hear Us, Hear Them, an organization dedicated to programming and commissioning works by traditionally underrepresented composers. She also led Opera NexGen as General Director their inaugural and sophomore seasons. Jaime has worked in the marketing departments of the American Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and the University Musical Society. 


Jaime holds a MM from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati (CCM), and BM from the University of Michigan with a minor in linguistics. She is pursuing a fundraising certificate from Boston University. Her projects have been highlighted in articles, interviews, and panels for: OPERA America, Association of Arts Administration Educators, I Care If You Listen, OperaWire, Modern Singer Magazine, TRILLOQUY, Latina Women in Opera, and Black Women in Opera. She is an active member of the CSO Multicultural Council, Americans for the Arts, The Association of Performing Arts Professionals, Arts Administrators of Color, Black Administrators of Opera, Racial Justice Opera Network, and BIPOC Arts.

 
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Performance

Mezzo-Soprano

Hailing from Orlando, Florida, Sharp (she/her) is a recent graduate of University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), receiving her Master's in Vocal Performance under the tutelage of Thomas Baresel. In Summer 2022, she joins Des Moines Metro Opera as an Apprentice Artist, covering Hippolyta in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream and covering Lily in the Gershwins' Porgy and Bess in addition to singing the Hurricane solo. She will also perform Mercédès (Carmen), Tisbe (Cenerentola), and Aunt Lou (Highway 1, U.S.A.) as part of their scenes program. This fall, she joins Opera Ithaca as a Young Artist, singing Aunt Lou (Highway 1, U.S.A.) and Taller Zenger Daughter (Proving Up) in a double bill, as well as covering Fenena in Verdi’s Nabucco.


At CCM, she sang the title role in Bizet’s Djamileh (Opera Bootcamp), Ursule in Béatrice et Bénédict (Opera Gala), and Dorabella in Così fan tutte (Opera Workshop). She also participated in the workshop for Nathaniel Stookey and Eisha Davis‘s opera, Bulrusher, with Opera Fusion: New Works/Cincinnati Opera, and finished her final semester as Maria Maddelena/Scribe in Phillip Glass’s Galileo Galilei in Spring 2022.


Sharp received the Audience Choice Award at the 2020 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Great Lakes Regional Finals and the Hilda Harris Mezzo-Soprano Award at the George Shirley Vocal Competition in 2018. Recently, she was named a semi-finalist for the 2021 Orpheus Vocal Competition and Perfect Day Music Competition, along with being a finalist for the 2019 Opera MODO Aria Competition and the U-M Concerto Competition.


She has performed with Michigan Opera Theatre, Opera MODO, Detroit Song Collective, Comic Opera Guild, Chautauqua Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, Prague Summer Nights and Lyric Opera Studio Weimar. Select roles include: Ježibaba (Rusalka), Marcellina (Le Nozze di Figaro), Gertrude (Hansel and Gretel), Ruth (Pirates of Penzance), Dritte Dame (Die Zauberflöte), and Mrs. Ott (Susannah).

Sharp holds a Bachelor's from the University of Michigan where she studied with renowned tenors George Shirley and Stanford Olsen. She was a recipient of the Steven M. Schwartzberg Music Scholarship and the Friends of Opera Undergraduate Scholarship for musical and academic excellence. She is a current student of Sheri Greenwald.