Jacquelyn Culpepper

“…Jacquelyn Culpepper as the Countess, a regal presence with impeccable diction.”
Opera News
“The real star of this show is: Jacquelyn Culpepper. With her operatic soprano in full gear, she sings the lights out…”
The Charlotte Observer

About the Artist:

Jacquelyn Culpepper has shared her beautiful soprano voice with audiences across the United States, Europe, South America, the Caribbean and Asia. Career highlights include performing more than 85 roles in opera and oratorio and solo concert tours throughout the world with American Voices. A favorite moment in her career was performing a recital in Belgium commemorating the 5oth anniversary of the liberation of Europe and the end of World War II.

Jacquelyn’s talent has taken her to prestigious concert venues from Washington’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to Atlanta’s Symphony Hall and performances with the late, internationally renowned conductor, Robert Shaw. Signature musical works for the critically acclaimed soprano include the Countess in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Alice Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, and Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder. She has also appeared on PBS; her national broadcasts include An Evening with Cole Porter and Salute to Masterpiece Theatre. This North Carolina native also sang the American premiere of Martinu’s Epic of Gilgamesh, Locklair’s Good Tidings of the Holy Beast, and the North Carolina premiere of The Crucible, where she played Abigail.

Since 1994, Jacquelyn has been a featured guest artist at the Breckenridge Music Festival in Colorado. Other festival appearances include the American Music Festival, Berkshire Choral Festival, Blowing Rock Chamber Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, Cullowhee Music Festival, and Duke University’s Contemporary Music Festival.

As a solo artist and teacher for American Voices, (www.americanvoices.org) a nonprofit organization whose mission has been to further the appreciation and understanding of American music and culture, Jacquelyn has performed all over the world. Her most memorable project was working with young Vietnamese singers from the Saigon Conservatory in preparations for the first performances of American Broadway music in Vietnam after their reestablishment of diplomatic relations.

Ms. Culpepper is currently artist associate of voice at Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina. Her students have won numerous awards, competitions, and scholarships, and many are now working professionally.

Jacquelyn holds a master of music degree in vocal performance and literature from Baylor University and a bachelor of science degree in music education from Western Carolina University. Jacquelyn and her husband, Clem Huffman, have two daughters, Callie and Jessica, and live on the shores of Lake Norman.


“…Jacquelyn Culpepper as the Countess, a regal presence with impeccable diction.” –Opera News

“Total and utter catharsis. Nothing less. She gave that to us with but two little syllables…The real star of this show is: Jacquelyn Culpepper. With her operatic soprano in full gear, she sings the lights out…” -Charlotte Observer
“…Jacquelyn Culpepper, as Musetta, welded a flesh-and-blood characterization to impressive vocal techniques.” –Isthmus-Madison, WI
“…the saving grace of the opera. His spirited lover, Culpepper, (Musetta), literally stole the show.” -The Badger Herald-Madison, WI
“Two words sum up the best reason to see The Sound of Music: Jacquelyn Culpepper.
Two more words explain why: She’s enchanting. …Culpepper carries the show…injects radiance and charm into every scene she inhabits. In what may be her greatest feat, Culpepper holds her own not only with the spirits of legendary Maria Mary Martin and Julie Andrews but also with seven potentially scene-stealing kids…”
The Leader

Calendar of Events


April 26 – Ralph Vaughan Willams Dona Nobis Pacem, Morten Lauridsen, Lux Aeterna: Davidson College Concert Choir and Davidson Pro Arte Orchestra, Jacquelyn Culpepper, soprano; Anthony Deaton, baritone.  General Admissions: $15; Faculty/Staff/Seniors: $10; Youth 18 and under: $5; Students: Free at the door with Davidson ID. Duke Family Performance Hall, 7:30 p.m.

February 18 – Knoxville, Summer 1915 by Samuel Barber, Jacquelyn Culpepper, soprano
Davidson College Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m., Duke Family Performance Hall.

January 17 – Nocturnes by Arnold Cooke featuring Jacquelyn Culpepper, soprano,  Frank Portone, Horn, Michael Rowland, Piano, Lori Tiberio, Artistic Director, 2008 Winner of the Best of the Best in Charlotte (BOB) award for Innovative Programming in Arts and Cultural Events, Chamber Music Series at Providence  United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28211
704-366-7442,  http://www.providenceumc.org/images/ChamberRecitalSeries.pdf


December 9 – Charlotte Goodfellows Club Christmas charity luncheon, Charlotte Convention Center, 12:00-1:30, Dues & Donation, For required guest tickets: 704-374-1108

November – Mediterranean tour, info TBA

The following three concerts were part of the Breckenridge Music Festival

AUGUST 12 – Breckenridge Music Festival Cabaret, 7:30 pm- “BACHARACH, MANCINI, and FRIENDS”
Jacquelyn Culpepper, Jessica Medoff-Bunchman, sopranos, David Moffitt, tenor and Daniel Boye, baritone Music of the 60s and 70s featuring such tunes as Close to You, Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head, Moon River, I’ll Never Fall in Love Again, The Pink Panther, What the world needs now is Love, What’s new pussycat?, Love is a Many Splendored Thing, Born Free and more!

Heidrich             Happy Birthday Variations
Saint-Saëns        Piano Concerto No. 2 in g minor, Op. 22
mvmts. II & III
Featuring Joseph Eisele, piano
Brahms              German Requiem, Op. 45 (sung in English)
Featuring Jacquelyn Culpepper, Soprano and Daniel Boye, Baritone

Jacquelyn Culpepper, Jessica Medoff-Bunchman, sopranos
David Moffitt, tenor and Daniel Boye, baritone

Verdi                 Overture to Luisa Miller
Puccini               Gianni Schicchi – O mio babbino caro
Puccini               Butterfly – Un bel di
Puccini               Edgar –  Questo amor, vergogna mia
Verdi                 Otello –  Credo in un Dio Crudel
Otello                Salce Salce
Otello                Ave Marie
Puccini               Turandot – tu che di gel
Puccini               Turandot – Nessun Dorma
Verdi                 Macbeth – Prelude
Verdi                 Macbeth – Perfidi! All’anglo contro me v’unite
Puccini               La Boheme – Quando m’en vo
Puccini               La Boheme – Che gelida manima
Verdi                 La Traviata – Brindisi: Libbiamo, ne’lieti
Verdi                 Overture to La forza del destino

Beginning May 23, 2009, single concert tickets may be purchased through the Riverwalk Center Box Office (970) 547-3100. Classical concert tickets will be available at the following prices: (All adult tickets subject to $2.00 box office service fee) Gold Section $32.00 Silver Section $27.00 Bronze Section $22.00 Juniors
(18 & Under / All sections)  (includes a $2.00 box office service fee) $7.00

May 2 – Symphony no. 9, op. 125 in D minor, “Choral” by Beethoven

Symphony Orchestra and UT Choirs: A Butler Dedicatory Series Event
Saturday, May 02, 2009,  8:00 PM, Bass Concert Hall Webcast:   Broadcast begins a few minutes before the performance.
•    All Audio Webcasts are broadcast in Quicktime (download)
•    Quicktime Format: MPEG4-generic/44100/2 16-bit Stereo at 128 kb/sec
Information concerning streaming Program: Symphony no. 9, op. 125 in D minor, “Choral” by Beethoven
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, op. 35 in D major by Tchaikovsky Details:
Gerhardt Zimmermann, conductor
Soo Jin Nam, violin
Jacquelyn Culpepper, soprano
Keely Rhodes, mezzo-soprano
David Moffitt, tenor
Rubin Casas, Bass-Baritone
With the UT Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Singers, Concert Chorale, Men’s Chorus, Women’s Chorus, and Choral Arts Society
Parking:San Jacinto Garage Contact:Email – School of Music Information
Phone – Music Hotline (512) 471-5401 Fees:$20 General Public
$17 Faculty/Staff and Seniors
$10 Students
Tickets are available at UT PAC Box Office, www.utpac.org, (512) 477-6060, or at the door.

March 29 – April 2 American Voices in Honduras, Concerts, master classes


February 21: Mendelssohn: Lobgesang, Bach: #79, 8:00, Canton Symphony Orchestra, Jacquelyn Culpepper, soprano, Gerhardt Zimmermann, conducting, Umstattd Hall, Canton, OH, Umstattd Hall, Website:


December 10: Charlotte Goodfellows Club, Christmas Luncheon, Charlotte Convention Center,12:00-1:30, Dues & Donation, For required guest tickets 704-374-1108

December 5:  A VOX Christmas from St. John’s Live Broadcast featuring Jacquelyn Culpepper, soprano, members of the Charlotte Symphony, VOX, conductor David Tang in a holiday concert featuring vocal ensemble VOX and friends at St. John’s Baptist Church in Charlotte.   podcast: http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wdav/local-wdav-801577.mp3

November 24:  Bach Magnificat and Poulenc Gloria, 7:30 p.m. Davidson College Concert Choir, Jacquelyn Culpepper, soprano soloist, Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College
General Admission: $15/ Faculty, Staff, Seniors: $10/ Youth 18 and under: $5/ College Students: Free at the door with College ID, For information call 704-894-2848 or email Minh Nguyen at minguyen@davidson.edu   For tickets call 704-894-2135.

November 4: An Appalachian Songbook: North Carolina in Word, Music, And Song, 12:10pm and 5:30pm, Jacquelyn Culpepper, soprano, Phillip Bush, pianist, Kathryn Stripling Byer, North Carolina Poet Laureate, Chamber Music at St Peters, St. Peters Episcopal Church, 115 West 7th Street, Charlotte, Free Admission.
podcast:  http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wdav/.jukebox?action=viewPodcast&podcastId=16923

November 2: An Appalachian Songbook: North Carolina in Word, Music, and Song, 7:30 p.m.
Jacquelyn Culpepper, soprano, Phillip Bush, pianist, Kathryn Stripling Byer, North Carolina Poet Laureate, special guest: composer Kenneth Frazelle, Tyler Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center, Davidson College, Free Admission, Tickets Required. For information call 704-894-2848 or email Minh Nguyen at minguyen@davidson.edu, For tickets call 704-894-2135.


You may contact Jacquelyn at her email address:


704-894-2414 Studio

20500 Deep Cove Court
Cornelius, North Carolina 28031


This project was made possible through the support of the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency, the Blumenthal Endowment, and the arts councils in Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Rutherford, Stanly, and York (SC) counties.