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"A fearless top 'D'. Brava!"
– Simon Kenway
"Like honey sliding down crystal."
– The Courier Mail
"Complete confidence
in her abilities."
– Luke Spicer, conductor
Jacqueline Ward is making her mark in Australia and the world. The emerging soprano has performed in the United States, Europe, the UK, and Australia, delighting audiences with her crystalline tone.

Jacqueline is an emerging Australian soprano specialising in early music, sacred repertoire, and recital. She has a Bachelor of Music from the University of Newcastle. Following completion of her contemporary studio album, Jacqueline engaged in a Master of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Her research in historical performance focused on nineteenth-century vocal practice. Jacqueline joined the Conservatorium’s Early Music Ensemble as a guest artist on multiple occasions. Directed by Prof Neal Peres Da Costa, she performed works from early French opera to German motet and cantata. Likewise, she appeared as a soloist for composer/conductor Paul Stanhope and with the Sydney University Symphony Orchestra in Karl Jenkins’ epic work The Armed Man: a Mass for Peace.  


Jacqueline was invited to record selections from an early Australian songbook, which featured in the Museum of Sydney’s exhibition “Songs of Home”. She was awarded a scholarship by the Royal School of Church Music to attend its Sydney InSpires conference, at which she and colleagues premiered a new Australian vocal quintet and performed in St Matthew’s Passion at Town Hall. In a collaborative concert with baritone Jeremy Boulton, Jacqueline gave her debut of Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate. The duo also performed the Australian premiere of a little-known duet cantata, Regina Coeli by Michael Haydn (1737-1806). At that time, she was engaged for the upcoming season with St George Chamber Orchestra (Bach’s Magnificat, Christmas Oratorio, and B Minor Mass), a world premiere with Mosman Symphony Orchestra, and major works at St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney. These plans and her masters studies were dramatically halted when she sustained major spinal, chest, and leg injuries in a car accident. 


During her convalescence, Jacqueline, also a composer, was commissioned both by Hourglass Ensemble and for the Australian National Maritime Museum’s 150th Anniversary. She is also a winner of the Australian Songwriting Contest. She was co-founder and Associate Director of acclaimed chamber choir Aurora Choralis, which won the Sydney Eisteddfod with the premiere of her composition “Southern Lights”.


With a voice that has been likened to “honey sliding down crystal” (Courier Mail) Jacqueline now continues her studies with soprano Jane Edwards; previously training with Maree Ryan AM and having taken masterclass from historical voice specialist Robert Toft. Jacqueline has presented at national and international conferences on the singing voice and historical performance. She is deeply inspired by her faith and by nature. Jacqueline now resides in Tasmania with her family and is elated to be returning to the stage in the re-launching of her career.

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