Margaret Jackson, Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, holds the Ph.D. in Musicology and the Doctor of Music in Voice Performance from Florida State University, the Master of Music and Performer’s Certificate in Vocal Performance from the Eastman School of Music, and the B.A. in German and Philosophy from Birmingham-Southern College. She completed additional studies in German literature at Ruprecht-Karls Universität in Heidelberg, Germany.
Dr. Jackson is a former American Fellow of the American Association of University Women, Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and Deutsch Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) visiting scholar to the University of Cologne, Germany, where she researched musical production among migrant youths in the industrial northern Rhine region. Her work has been rewarded with both the Florida State University Graduate Research and Creativity Award and the Dale Olsen Prize (Society for Ethnomusicology, Southeast–Caribbean Chapter). Among her study interests are hip-hop culture, blues, minstrelsy, agitpropaganda theater, music politics in contemporary German society, music and violence, and economic anthropology. She currently serves as a Research Ambassador for the German Academic Exchange Service.
Jackson’s stage experience includes performances with operatic, symphonic, and chamber ensembles throughout Germany, Italy, South America, and the United States. Past concert and oratorio solo engagements have included Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem and C Minor Mass, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Brückner’s F Minor Mass, Saint-Säens’ Weihnachtsoratorium, Brahms’Requiem, Britten’s War Requiem, Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire, Soma’s Gloria a Díos - Trés Canciones and Das Lied eines Liebenden by Kurt Nelson. Her broad performing background in opera and musical theater is reflected in performances with the Folkwang Theater, the Pforzheim Stadttheater, the Rome Festival, Stella AG, Opera Theatre of Rochester, Eastman Opera Theater, Summerfest, and Florida State Opera, among others. A sought-after recitalist and interpreter of new music, Dr. Jackson has more than forty world and U.S. premieres to her credit.
Jackson’s work has been published in Musicians and Composers of the Twentieth Century, The Forties in America, The Thirties in America, and Great African-Americans of the Twentieth Century, all with Salem Press, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing Journal of Singing. She is a member of the Society for Ethnomusicology, the College Music Society, the American Musicological Society, the Internationale Gesellschaft für Musikforschung, the German Studies Association, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Prior to joining the College of Music faculty, Dr. Jackson served as the Music History Area Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology and Voice at Troy University in Alabama.