Hi, my name is Jackie and I am Brazilian-American. I was actively involved in my church and school choirs from an early age, and it was clear that music was my passion. In high school I became the student conductor of our prestigious Camelot Choir for mixed voices, conducting a variety of styles and participating in various music festivals in the state of Florida. I completed my high school diploma and started intensive Musical Theatre training at New World School of the Arts. The highlight of my two years there was being the assistant conductor for the main stage production of Steven Sondheim’s Company. I then transferred to the Florida International University, where I received my Bachelors of Arts in Music Vocal Performance. Since then I have performed in many opera productions, including Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Norma by Vincenzo Bellini and Cricketing, a new children’s opera by Kristine Burns. In 2003 I sang with Seraphic Fire, Miami’s first professional vocal ensemble, performing in various venues around South Florida. I have helped prepare musical numbers and conducted church choirs in various religious festivities throughout the years. In 2005 I moved to Florence, Italy, where I continued to develop my musical abilities with world-renowned children’s choir director Joan Yakkey. I sang with her professional vocal ensemble Tempus Floridum for five years, performing concerts throughout Tuscany and Europe. This is my eighth academic year here in Phuket and I am delighted to be a part of HeadStart’s Creative Arts Department. I hope our talented students continue to shine in our productions and enjoy music as much as I do.