Adjunct Lecturer in Voice; Director of Blair Jazz Choir
Christina Watson is a Nashville-based vocalist and educator. Since graduating with honors from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., in 2001, she has released three albums as a leader and has appeared as a guest artist on numerous recording projects, including the Nashville Jazz Orchestra’s acclaimed Gershwin collection It Ain’t Necessarily So.
Watson toured Korea (2005) and China (2007) with the Middle Tennessee State University Wind Ensemble, singing Puccini and the blues and assisting the percussion section. She toured Belgium and Sweden to promote her 2008 release of A Flower Truly Blue. She sings soprano in the four-person vocal jazz group Third Coast Vocals, which released its debut album in 2011. She also performs at concerts and private events with her jazz trio.
Watson is a recent addition to the faculty at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, where she is the Jazz Voice Instructor and Director of the Blair Jazz Choir. She is on the faculty at the Nashville Jazz Workshop, where she teaches jazz singing and technique, chart writing for vocalists, music theory for vocalists, the French Chansons class and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Since 2008, she has directed a community a cappella group called The Nashville Belles, which comprises women of all ages and backgrounds who perform concerts around the Nashville area. Also classically trainedWatson serves as the soprano section leader and soloist at the First Lutheran Church in downtown Nashville, and teaches private voice lessons to all ages at her home studio.
Watson graduated from The Webb School of Knoxville (1991) and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Centre College in Danville, Ky. (1995), and a Master of Arts Degree in French Literature from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (1998). She is a member of the Nashville chapter of the Alliance Française. More information is available on her website: www.christinawatson.com.