Recognized as a versatile and accomplished chamber and concert artist, American soprano Jennifer Paulino has garnered praise and recognition as a significant interpreter of baroque and contemporary repertoire. Equally renowned for her stunning voice and dramatic capability, San Francisco Classical Voice has noted about her singing: “graceful yet powerful,” “sensitive and clear,” and “an expressive singing actress.” A performance of Handel’s Messiah with Seraphic Fire was highly praised in South Florida Classical Voice: “The sheer beauty and sincerity that soprano Jennifer Paulino brought to I know that my Redeemer Liveth would be hard to equal."
Upcoming highlights include a three part performance of a new oratorio, Terra Nostra, for soloists and chorus by Stacy Garrop with the San Francisco Choral Society under the direction of Bob Geary. Ms. Paulino will also be appearing with Magnificat Baroque Ensemble, California Bach Society, Bach Collegium San Diego, and Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida this season.
In 2013, Ms. Paulino made her Australian debut with Czech organist Pavel Kohout in a recital of arias at the Organs of The Ballarat Goldfields Festival. At the Early Music Studio, Melbourne, she performed a program of Dowland and Purcell songs with New Zealand harpsichordist Donald Nicolson. In the same year, Ms. Paulino made her Danish debut In collaboration with performance artist and choreographer Anastazia Louise and San Francisco Lyric Opera. In the hometown of Hans Christian Anderson, the group performed David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion, based on H.C. Anderson’s timeless children’s story.
In 2012, after winning the Cal-Western regional auditions, Ms. Paulino was selected as a national finalist at the Artist Awards Competition of the National Association of the Teachers of Singing (NATS) for her interpretations of works by Purcell, Handel, Schubert, Poulenc, and Stravinsky. In 2010, Ms. Paulino won second prize in the Gerhard Herz Young Artists Competition for her interpretation of works by Bach, Mozart, and Handel.
As an active chamber artist, Ms. Paulino frequently collaborates with small ensembles and individual artists. Recent collaborations include Farallon recorder quartet with lutenist John Lenti in a program of Renaissance consort songs, and with harpist Diana Rowan in a program of timeless love songs from folk and classical traditions across the ages. Her own baroque ensemble, Les grâces, formed in 2008, is dedicated to historically-informed performance of 17th & 18th century music. She regularly performs on concert series in the Bay Area and around the nation, including the San Francisco Early Music Society, Old First Concerts, Legion of Honor, Early Music in Columbus, Tufts University, and Westminster College (Salt Lake City).
Ms. Paulino’s concert experience includes many of the major works by Bach, Handel, Mozart, Haydn, and Vivaldi. She regularly appears with California Bach Society (Paul Flight), Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra (Ming Luke), San Francisco Choral Society (Bob Geary), Pro Arte Voices (Patrick Walders), San Francisco Bach Choir, and the Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida (Timothy McDonnell). Some national and international credits include Leiden Baroque Ensemble (Netherlands), Catacoustic Consort (Cincinnati, OH), Seraphic Fire (Miami), Nova Silesia (Poland), and the Southwest Florida Symphony (Ft. Myers, FL). Festival performances include appearances at the San Francisco Festival of Contemporary Music, Berkeley Early Music Festival, the International Chamber Music Festival in Olsztyn, Poland, Berkeley Festival & Exhibition, Ojai Music Festival (Festival Chorale), Carmel Bach Festival (Chorale), and San Diego Summer Choral Music Festival, where she is a founding faculty member.
Ms. Paulino studied baroque styles with Julianne Baird, Jill Feldman, and Michael Chance, and holds degrees from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, Netherlands and Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, NJ. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy from Holy Names University (Oakland). She resides in Oakland, CA and teaches voice in her home studio. When she is on the road, she is in demand as a vocal coach and Vocal Master Class leader.