“erm-BYAH!-O O O “: Singing Through Life projects are completed by undergraduate students at UC San Diego, in partnership with Songs by Heart and Voices of Our City, both of which are programs serving members of the greater San Diego community. The multimodal ethnographies published on this website have been developed under the direction of Jasper Sussman, the creator and instructor of the course.

To learn about other UC San Diego practicum courses offered by the Culture, Art, & Technology (CAT) program at Sixth College, visit here.

Jasper Sussman, Course Instructor

An artist-scholar pursuing her doctorate at the University of California, San Diego, Jasper Sussman is dedicated to the development and application of socially meaningful voicework. Her forthcoming dissertation—an integration of critical, ethnomusicological and creative research—explores the concept and implications of understanding the choir as a socially-driven ecosystem.

While pursuing her degree, Jasper has served as Community Projects & Operations Coordinator for The Choral Commons, Education Director, Soloist, Contributing Composer and Core Member of Sacra/Profana, After School Teaching Artist at A Reason To Survive (ARTS), Voice Coach and Health Consultant for San Diego Children’s Choir, Guest Instructor for various choral and contemporary music courses at UCSD, the University of San Diego, and San Diego State University, and as Soloist for USD Choral Concerts, San Diego New Music, Solana Beach
Presbyterian Church, and various UCSD hosted events. She’s performed as a Vocal Fellow for the N.E.O. Voice Festival under the direction of David Harris, and at the Big Sky Choral Initiative under the direction of Donald Nally. She holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Lawrence University, and is also an alumna of the Atlantic Music Festival, the National Puppetry Conference, and the Brevard Music Center where she’s worked with composers John Adams, Melissa Dunphy, Kevin Puts, Rand Steiger, Kristin Kuster, Ken Ueno, Stephen Rush, Fred Sturm, Joanne Metcalf, Evan Chambers, Robert Patterson, and Robert Aldridge. Jasper’s vocal pieces are published in the Justice Choir Songbook, and by See-a-dot Music Publishing, Inc. and ala fady press.

Summer 2021

  • Bianca Calalo, Literature/Writing, Class of ’23.
  • Jonathan Christian, Math/Economics, Class of ’21.
  • Adriana Herrera, Applied Math, Class of ’21.
  • Sue Kem, Math/Computer Science, Class of ’22.
  • Nathan Kim, History, Class of ’22.
  • Yunqi Li, Visual Art, Class of ’21.
  • Yufan Lu, Environmental Systems, Class of ’22.
  • Raine Elena Porter, Chemistry, Class of ’22.
  • Seunghun Song, Economics, Class of ’21.
  • Vivian Wong, Political Science/Public Law, Class of ’21.
  • Ruiming Zhang, Management Science, Class of ’22.
  • Xinyue Zhou, Visual Art, Class of ’21.

Fall 2021