Ms Jessica Harper – Dean of Students
Jess graduated with First Class Honours in Classical Singing from the ANU School of music and is now a Sydney based soprano. She has been broadcast on both ABC Classic FM and 2MBS Fine Music FM, and has toured NSW and SA as a recital performer. She is delighted to be undertaking her second year as a Young Artist with Pacific Opera.
Operatic roles include Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Casilda (The Gondoliers), Lisa (La Sonnamula) Pamina and First Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Mrs Norris (Mansfield Park – Australian Premier), La Zelatrice and Prima Sorella Cercatrice (Suor Angelica), Frantik, Chocholka and the Inkeeper’s Wife in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, Mrs Gobineau in Menotti’s The Medium, The Ice-cream Maker in Krása’s Brundibar, Denise in Offenbach’s Love by Lanternlight, Emmie in Britten’s Albert Herring and Second Witch in Purcell’s Dido and Aneas.
Concert engagements have included singing as the soprano soloist for Handel’s Messiah, and Eternal Source of Light Divine, for Bach’s St John Passion, and as a soloist for the Canberra International Music Festival, collaborating with the Song Company and renowned conductor Roland Peelman. Jess also sung with the Omega Ensemble during their regional NSW tour in 2013.
Recent successes in the Australian competition circuit include Jess named Winner of the Sydney Eisteddfod Opera and Arts Support Group Vocal Scholarship (2017), ‘Runner Up’ for the Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship (2017) and winner of the Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Awards. She was also named the Reserve Finalist for the prestigious Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Foundation Bel Canto Award (2017). This year Jess is also a Finalist for the Fine Music FM Young Virtuosi Award and the inaugural Sydney Song Prize Competition (2017), and she won the Wollongong Eisteddfod and Shoalhaven Eisteddfod Aria competitions respectively (2017). Other accolades of 2016 include Jess coming Runner Up in Herald Sun aria, and winning the prize for best German language Song or Aria in the Sydney Eisteddfod.
Colleges have become somewhat of a natural habitat for Jess. She lived at Ursula Hall for the duration of her undergraduate degree and it is there that she found her passion for Pastoral Care and college communities. She was a Senior Resident in 2011 and Community Coordinator in 2012 at Ursula Hall. In 2012 Jess was also awarded the Peter May Honour Board Prize for Outstanding Contribution to College Life. Since moving back to Sydney, Jess has taken up the role of Dean of Students at St Andrew’s College, which has been a wonderful development in the Pastoral Care side of her life.
When Jess is not on stage or ‘Deaning’, she moonlights as a Professional Photographer.