Soprano Janice Jackson was born on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, and graduated from the University of Victoria in 1986 with a Bachelor of Music in Performance. She continued her studies at the Utrecht Conservatory (Netherlands), where she received her Performance Diploma in 1990 with a Commendation for her interpretation of 20th-century music.
Since graduation, Jackson has been in great demand as an interpreter of modern music. In addition to concerts in the Netherlands, Canada, the United States, France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Norway, Belgium, China, and South Africa, she has sung in modern music festivals throughout Europe and Canada. Since 1988, she has sung over 150 world premieres, including many composed specifically for her by composers such as Theo Abazis (Greece), Emily Doolitte (Canada), Alice Ping Yee Ho (Canada), Wende Bartley (Canada), John Rea (Canada), Roger Marsh (England), and Margriet Ehlen (Holland).
Jackson’s repertoire includes some of the most demanding music of the 20th-century, from Berio, Cage, and Nono to Schönberg, Webern, and Dallapiccola. Since September 2006, she is the Artistic Director of the Halifax based contemporary vocal music society Vocalypse Productions. In 2007 her solo project Wolf Moon (Vocalypse Productions) featuring 4 dramatic solos was premiered to sold out audiences in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In March 2007 she toured North America with Victoria’s Aventa ensemble. This past October she returned from The Netherlands where she sang 4 world premieres in a production entitled The Wahlwiller Passion. Her latest concert Monologue of a Lunatic was recorded by CBC Radio 2 for the Signal.