Jody began her musical journey in her native San Francisco Bay area. After earning a music degree at the University of the Pacific, she headed east to continue her studies at the Catholic University of America where she studied voice with renowned baritone Todd Duncan, creator of the role Porgy in Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess." She soon became active in the Washington, D.C. community’s musical scene, performing a variety of operatic roles and solo recitals at such venues as The National Portrait Gallery, the Washington Opera, and the National Museum of American History. In 1990, Jody won the esteemed Liederkranz Competition in New York City and subsequently made her New York debut at Alice Tully Hall. A number of European tours swiftly followed, with acclaimed appearances in Great Britain, Switzerland, and Italy. In 1991, Jody was invited to join the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra as its featured soloist. As is evidenced in their performances together both in concert and on the "On the Level You're a Little Devil," recording, it is a match surely engineered by patron saints Irving Berlin and Jerome Kern in Tin Pan Alley heaven. In addition to frequent concert appearances, Jody continues to refine her art by studying voice with Daniel Ferro in New York City.
Dwight Blocker Bowers