With a voice described as “a lovely instrument that encompasses excellent ring, warmth, and beauty,” mezzo-soprano Jane’s experience as a performer extends through multiple music genres. Some of her operatic repertoire include La Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica, Alma March in Little Women, Flora in La Traviata, Berta in Il Barbiere di Seville, Terentia in Captain Lovelock, Miss Todd in Old Maid and the Thief, Mother Superior in Dialogues of the Carmelites, and the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors. As a featured soloist, Jane has sung in multiple Concert Series, Tuscarawas Philharmonic Orchestra, The Toledo Choral Society, Galion Community Chorus, Firestone Hour Revisited, And Kent Choral Society. Jane’s recital work features composers ranging from Schumman, Mahler, Argento and new compositions. Her solo work also includes radio, where she recorded operatic repertoire for broadcast with WKSU-FM. Additionally, Jane is no stranger to musical theatre, being featured as Sister Amnesia in Nunsense and Widow Corney in Oliver.
Dedicating her life to singing, Jane currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at The University of Toledo and maintains an Independent Vocal Studio, Atwood Music Studio, in the Sylvania community. Her students have been accepted into young artists programs and institutions such as Interlochen, New England Conservatory, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Miami University of Ohio, among others. Notably, her former students have gone on to perform professionally in varying genres of music including opera, song literature, jazz, and musical theater throughout the country. A colleague said “You will not find a better singer and teacher of vocal pedagogy than Jane. Her students at all levels will want to continue learning about music because of her knowledge and love of music.” Jane also shares her knowledge and talents as a mentor. One of Jane’s mentees said “Jane Atwood is a teacher that doesn’t just teach her students how to use their voices correctly; she encourages souls to sing to their full potential.”
Earning dual Master degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Education, Ms. Atwood’s career of teaching in both public and private schools lead her to be identified as a Highly Qualified Teacher through the Ohio Department of Education. She has been invited to Vocal Workshops as a presenter, served as Music Director for multiple sacred and secular institutions, an adjudicator for multiple competitions, and has served as a guest clinician for various choirs as well. Jane is looking forward to returning to work as a guest artist with the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, a conservatory for high school students, specifically with their musical theater singers.