Jaimee Jensen-McDaniel

Creative and Communications Coordinator-Community Music Institute, Adjunct Instructor

jaimeej@uca.edu

SFA 203

(501) 450-5755

Jaimee Nicole Jensen-McDaniel began her formal studies in voice at the age of sixteen, but according to her family, has been singing since she could speak. A few of her recent roles include Suor Angelica, Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Isabelle/Madeleine in The Face on the Barroom Floor, and Mother in Hansel and Gretel.  Her thesis performance, “Sinners and Saints,” was presented in April 2017 in partial completion of an M.M. in Vocal Performance at UCA. Ms. Jensen-McDaniel also attended UCA for her undergraduate degree in voice and English literature.

Ms. Jensen-McDaniel also holds an M.A. in Ritual Chant and Song with top honors from the University of Limerick (UL) in Limerick, Ireland, and was a recipient of their Stepping Stones Scholarship.  While in Ireland, she studied vocal technique and performance practice with Wolodymyr Smishkewych and had the opportunity to study a wide range of music, including Gregorian chant, traditional Irish religious song, sean nós, Irish traditional ballads, medieval song and more.  Ms. Jensen-McDaniel portrayed Humilitas in the Irish World Academy’s production of Hildegard’s Ordo Virtutum.  While at UL, she also served as the UL Gospel Choir director and was a soloist with the UL Baroque Chamber Ensemble.  Her thesis performance, entitled “Vita Brevis, Ars Longa” was given in 2012 at Glenstal Monastery and illustrated the transitions and cycle of life through various chant and songs.

Ms. Jensen-McDaniel has served as a soloist with Opera in the Rock for their outreach events, and has assistant directed The Barber of Seville, The Music Shop, Billy Blythe and Troubled Island with the company.  She has taken part in the world premiere of three operas:  The Scarlet Letter by Lori Laitman, Billy Blythe by Bonnie Montgomery, and Richard III by Karen Griebling. From 2013 until 2016, Ms. Jensen-McDaniel served as artistic director and conductor of Schola Sacra, an early music ensemble. In 2016, she began teaching voice at Southern Arkansas University, a position she held for two years before returning to UCA. Currently, she serves as artistic director for The Brave Little Opera Company, a new opera company for the Conway community, intended to make opera accessible to all.

Ms. Jensen-McDaniel is an alumna of Sigma Alpha Iota, Zeta Chi chapter. She received their collegiate leadership award in 2009.

When she is not teaching, Ms. Jensen-McDaniel enjoys performing alongside her husband, Ronald Jensen-McDaniel, in the progressive rock band CosmOcean and in her jazz project, Lady J and The Trebled Souls.