Jermaine enjoys a versatile career as a Professor of Voice, conductor, collaborative pianist and Worship & Arts Pastor.
He is a native of Miami, FL and a graduate of the prestigious New World School Of The Performing Arts and an alumni of Auburn University where he earned his Bachelors of Music Degree in Vocal Pedagogy as well as his Masters of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Choral Conducting. He also has completed certifications in Commercial Music from Berklee College of Music and Church music from The Royal School of Church Music (Croydon, England)
As a former student of Julliard alums Elisabeth Braden and Eric Caldwell, Jermaine brings to his singing and voice instruction a special understanding of the way the voice and body works. This knowledge sets him apart in his ability to communicate pedagogically and artistically. As a singer, it has allowed him a large musical vocabulary and success across genres. From opera to jazz, classical, gospel and musical theater. Having these tools has afforded him the opportunity to work at universities such as Carnegie Mellon University, Pointe Park University, Mckendree University and now Webster University to name a few.
In addition to his work as an Adjunct Professor of Voice at Webster University, Jermaine has many ties to the performing arts community in St. Louis and abroad. As the former Co-Artistic director of the Vocal Company at COCA, Jermaine was able to shape, mentor and challenge the musical palettes of many young artist. He also has a solid relationship with The Repertory and Opera Theatre of St. Louis. He is called in often to coach, create and work on various project. From coaching a pianist in Noël Cowards 3 act play “Private Lives”, to composing, arranging and recording original music for James And The Giant Peach and Edward Tulane for the The Reps ITC program to name a few.
As a Worship & Arts Pastor, Jermaine is honored to serve at New Life In Christ Church where he's served for the past 9 year overseeing an amazing department of singers, instrumentalist, dancers, media, lighting and a/v volunteers. From Handel's Messiah to Duke Ellington's Sacred Concert, Manor has built a diverse and loving culture of amazing gifts.
As a clinician, Jermaine is often brought in to not only teach on vocal technique, pedagogy and health, but he sought after greatly to present on racial inclusion and diversity in the arts. He’s a strong proponent for diverse musical representation and not being put in a box based on your race. Music has no color, only styles. Sing what you want to sing, no matter what color you are.
As an active composer, his music is sung regularly by ensembles throughout the United Stated and abroad. He has published and arranged many songs with his longtime friend and collaborator, Dr. Brandon Boyd. These compositions appear in the catalogs of Gentry Publications, Hinshaw Music Company, GIA and Kjos Music Press. He is proud member of Phi Mu Alpha Music Fraternity, Inc, American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) and National Association of Teachers Of Singing (NATS)
Jermaine lives by the mantra “what I do is a get-to, not a have to”
the voice is a muscle that you can train to sing anything!