by Web on July 2, 2015
Millsaps College sophomore Krystal Jackson is an aspiring musician and performer. As a double major in music and studio art with concentrations in music history and painting, Jackson entertains a wide variety of interests, all of which she has found a niche for at Millsaps. She has performed with the Millsaps Singers and now plays piano for the Millsaps Jazz Ensemble and acts with the Millsaps Players.
She recently returned from Florence, Italy, where she studied with the Westminster Choir College’s “Florence Voice Program.” The program, which ran from May 17-June 9, focused on Italian opera, recitative and aria.
At Millsaps, Jackson performed in “Major Havoc,” a Millsaps Players production during which they attempted to perform 30 student-written plays in 60 minutes. She also played a lead role in the 2014 production by the Millsaps Players of “As You Like It.”
Jackson graduated from Murrah High School in Jackson and nurtured her music education and performance experience in classes offered by the Jackson Public Schools Academic and Performing Arts Complex. She studies voice with James Martin, vocalist and adjunct instructor of music at Millsaps.
“James Martin and my other music professors have helped me concentrate my talents and further discover my musical self so that I can set a clear career path,” said Jackson, who hopes to become a stage performer and musician and is open to the possibilities whether on Broadway, in opera, or as a recording star.
Classes small in size taught by professors who take the time to get to know each of their students made Millsaps attractive to Jackson.
“All of my professors are kind of like the X-Men in that each is different but has a special superpower that can help change the world,” she said. “I can always talk to my professors about anything—school, life, ideas, you name it.”
She was also attracted by the many opportunities the College provides for students to engage with the capital city through volunteer projects, internships and courses that include community engaged learning components.
Millsaps has provided a platform for her to dive into issues of social justice, self discovery, and adventure, said Jackson, a member of the Black Student Union. “The amount of knowledge I have gained about other cultures, religions, peoples and places has transformed my views of the world and my place in global history and society,” she said.