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Jacquelyn Deshchidn
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Jacquelyn Deshchidn
Jacquelyn Deshchidn is a Chiricahua Apache and Isleta Pueblo soprano, composer, poet, public speaker, and indigenous rights activist from the San Carlos Apache Nation—their work addresses issues such as violence against women, sexual assault, and the issues facing Indigenous peoples including climate change. They frequently give lectures on the missing and murdered indigenous women (MMIW) epidemic, and tirelessly fight for the visibility of Indigenous musicians in the music industry through programming and collaboration. Their work as a composer and vocalist focuses predominantly on freeing the voice and returning autonomy to the performing artist, with special emphasis upon emotional and musical convergence as a means of ceremony and communication. 

Inherent in their compositions is a social activist approach, which seeks to broaden the discussion and inform performers, as well as audiences. Jacquelyn uses their platform as a performing artist to uplift the works of under-represented voices within the music industry.
As a performer, Jacquelyn is trained originally in the Roy Hart vocal method, and from this technique they form their foundations of post-colonial vocalization, venturing to the brink of human capacity and holding space for the beauty of all sounds possible made by our bodies and lived experiences.

When not performing their own works, Jacquelyn specializes in music of the 20th and 21st centuries, with particular focus on solo vocal works, extended vocal techniques, improvisation, performance art, and contemporary opera. Jacquelyn was recently featured in the title role of Saariaho’s monodrama, Emilie, with new music ensemble Now Hear This at the Peabody Institute. They have also been featured as Mrs. Grose in Peabody Opera's production of Turn of the Screw, directed by Garnett Bruce. During the Peabody Opera Etudes of 2021, Jacquelyn was featured in the title role of Peter Pachak-Robie's opera the Sunday Special at Big Funk's Roadside Diner. Beyond this, they have performed roles in various operas such as Die Zauberflöte, Massenet’s Cendrillon, and Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges, as well as performed scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, L’incoronazione di Poppea, Dido & Aeneas, Blitzstein’s Regina, and Dialogues des Carmélites.

Jacquelyn was recently a vocal fellow and composer at the 2018 Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium, attended the 2018 (R)evolution: Resonant Bodies festival at the Banff Centre as a composer and vocalist, and had their works premiered at both festivals. During these festivals, Jacquelyn worked with performers and composers Anthony Roth Costanzo, Peter Tantsits, Imani Uzuri, and Esteli Gomez.
As a choral singer, they have sung in concert versions of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with NJSO, as well as other performances of Beethoven’s 9th at Carnegie Hall for concerts benefiting Doctors Without Borders.
Jacquelyn has been sought out as a consultant for on-campus organizations to assist with visibility and diversity initiatives such as Indigenous peoples day, National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, and Native American History Month. They have also served as an advocate for two-spirit, non-binary, gender non-conforming, and other LGBTQ+ voices in academic institutions and summer music festivals.
Jacquelyn was recently awarded an Honorable Mention for the Indigenous Initiative R.I.S.E. 2019 Art & Poetry Fellows for original compositions and a commissioned piece, among other indigenous works that promote awareness of the MMIW epidemic. Jacquelyn was also the recipient of the inaugural Champion of Multiculturalism award at the Peabody institute, recognizing their significant efforts within the community and as a student leader to strive towards a more equitable and compassionate campus. 
Jacquelyn holds a graduate degree from Peabody Institute where they studied vocal performance with Tony Arnold. Their significant teachers and mentors include Marcos Balter, Phyllis Chen, Nathan Davis, Jeffrey Gall, Chris Opperman, and Imani Uzuri.

Currently, Jacquelyn is pursuing a second graduate degree, this time in Library and Information Sciences at the University of Denver, where they are focusing on serving urban-Indigenous populations, undocumented and unhoused folks, QTBIPOC folks, and disabled/ND individuals with a special interest in children/youth literature and programming. Post-graduation, they are looking forward to becoming a performing arts librarian and serving the local community while pursuing and premiering all things weird in the new music scene, and will continue working towards bringing greater awareness of diversity and marginalization within the music industry at large.





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