Originally hailing from Orlando, FL, Jaime Sharp (she/her) is "a mezzo-soprano whose artistry, administration, and activism is rooted in accessibility and change" (Garrett McQueen, TRILLOQUY). She currently resides in Cincinnati on the stolen territories of the Delaware, Miami and Shawnee tribes. She is passionate about advocating for artists of all identities and creating an environment where everyone can thrive. Jaime was selected for the Opera Leaders of Color inaugural cohort with OPERA America. She is also the President and General Director of Opera NexGen, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Hear Us, Hear Them Ensemble, Administrative Manager of the Black Opera Alliance, and Marketing Intern with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.Jaime is pursuing her MM in Voice at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). She is the Vice President of the Graduate Student Association, Treasurer of the Black Student Association, Student Liaison for the DEI Committee and the Marketing and Communications Graduate Assistant.
She is a member of the CSO Multicultural Awareness Council, Women of Color in the Arts, NANM, Arts Administrators of Color, Black Administrators of Opera, BIPOC Arts, the Racial Justice Opera Network. Jaime holds a BM from the University of Michigan and is working on graduate certificates in arts administration with Boston University and the University of Connecticut.
Follow her journey at jaime-sharp.com
AAAE EDI Fellowship Research:
Jaime Sharpe is working alongside AAAE Board Secretary Diane Claussen to research existing full-time diversity positions in major American opera companies. This will be done by gathering information from interviews and surveys to analyze the varied structure and power that these roles hold, as well as the gaps in racial equity that are not being fulfilled.