A native of Panama City, Florida, soprano Jan Zimmerman received her Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the Boston Conservatory and is currently a candidate for a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance at the University of Connecticut. Ms. Zimmerman made her University of Connecticut Opera Theater debut as the Grand Duchess in Offenbach’s charming operetta, The Grand Duchess of Gérolstein. Other UConn highlights include Lady Billows in Albert Herring, Elizabeth Proctor in Robert Ward's The Crucible, and Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia. An avid supporter of new music, Ms. Zimmerman originated the role of “Various” in the world premiere of Nicholas Vine's Loose, Wet, Perforated with the Boston-based modern opera company Guerilla Opera and rejoined them to perform the role of the Housekeeper in Rudolf Rohan's Heart of a Dog at Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, NY. Ms. Zimmerman has premiered numerous works of contemporary composers, most recently Jonathan Blumhofer’s To Anacreon in Heaven and Italian Folksongs which were composed specifically for her.
In addition to her performance engagements, Ms. Zimmerman maintains a large vocal studio in Connecticut and Boston. Her students have gone on to attend schools such as The Boston Conservatory, Boston University, Sarah Lawrence College, Emerson University, and Salem State University. Ms. Zimmerman has been the Jorgensen Outreach for Youth Conservatory Scholarship coordinator since 2013.