Jacqueline Collett, Professor of Voice at Truman State, teaches applied voice, class voice, music education, and is the director of the Franklin Street Singers, Truman’s premiere show choir. She received her Bachelor of Music at The University of Texas at El Paso, and her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Arizona, where she specialized in vocal performance, vocal pedagogy, and music education. Before joining the Truman State faculty in 1992, Dr. Collett taught extensively in the public schools of Texas and Arizona, and was a member of the voice faculty at Pima Community College in Tucson. She has performed major roles in El Paso with the University Civic Opera, the Gilbert and Sullivan Company, and appeared with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, and in Tucson with the Young Audiences of Southern Arizona and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. Her many opera performances include roles from Cosi fan tutte, The Marriage of Figaro, Die Fledermaus, The Rape of Lucretia, La Boheme, The Tales of Hoffman, The Crucible, The Impresario, Hansel and Gretel, and The Magic Flute. In addition, Dr. Collett has also appeared as soprano soloist in Carmina burana and Brahms’ Requiem with the University Symphony and Chorus at Truman State.
Dr. Mark Jennings
Professor of Music / Director of Choral Activities
B.A., St. Olaf College; M.M., Michigan State University; Ph.D., Florida State University
Mark Jennings is Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of music at Truman State University, a position he assumed in the fall of 2003. At Truman, he conducts Cantoria, Truman’s premiere choral ensemble, and the University Chorus, a large, non-auditioned choir that performs choral masterworks. Jennings has led Cantoria in international performances in Greece and Italy (2005) and recently he conducted the choir in its invited performance at the Missouri Music Educators Association Conference in January of 2007. In addition to his conducting duties, Jennings leads the master’s program in choral conducting – overseeing the auditioned chamber choir, teaching graduate classes in conducting and choral methods – and teaches applied voice. Jennings has held similar teaching positions at Western Kentucky University and Eastern Illinois University.
Jennings received the Ph. D. in Music Education/Choral Music from the Florida State University, studying with Andre Thomas and Rodney Eichenberger, his master’s degree in choral conducting from Michigan State University, and his bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College. Jennings also enjoys composing – his piece “O Crux” is published by Hinshaw Music.
Dr. Joshua Baum
Instructor in Music, Voice
B.M. and M.A., Truman State University; D.M.A., Michigan State University