Ms. Alyssa Rodgers was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. She graduated high school from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in 2005 with an Arts Seal in Voice. After taking voice lessons with Jeffrey Clayton for three years in high school, she then continued her vocal studies at the University of Florida. She majored in Vocal Performance and studied with Dr. Brenda Smith. After giving three recitals in her undergraduate years, she graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance.
Ms. Rodgers then decided to pursue her Masters in Music degree. She remained at the University of Florida, a place that was very important to her and yet still close to her hometown of Jacksonville. Though singing is her life, her passion was not to be on the stage; thus she majored in Sacred Music. This gave her the opportunity to learn the history of church music while still developing her voice. She graduated with a Masters of Music in Sacred Music in 2011.
While at UF, she participated in numerous vocal groups, such as the University Choir for six years under the direction of Dr. Willard Kesling, the Motet Choir under the direction of Dr. Jennifer Thomas, singing chant under the direction of Dr. Edward Schaefer, and cantoring at St. Augustine Catholic Church under the direction of Dr. Nansi Carroll. In addition to the numerous vocal groups she participated in, Ms. Rodgers had a strong interest in percussion, and the difficulty of rhythm that accompanies it, so she joined the Steel Drum Band under the direction of Dr. Kenneth Broadway.
Ms. Rodgers also spent her last semester as a student volunteering for Arts in Medicine at Shands Hospital, singing for patients and doing artwork with them. She truly witnessed the miraculous power of music and its healing ability. In the future she hopes to continue bringing smiles to those in healing through her singing.
She is proud to be a new mother to a beautiful baby boy, a full time job. In her spare time, she sings in weddings and funerals as well as cantors at St. Augustine Catholic Church and Student Center, where she has been singing there for nearly four years. She is blessed to be a part of this years Jubilus Festival, which will be her fifth year participating.