Teresa Stricklin, soprano, joined the JSU Music Faculty in fall of 2001. She serves JSU as Instructor of Voice and teaches Class Voice. For ten years, she served as vocal coach for the yearly musical produced jointly by the Music and Drama departments and as Assistant Director of Jacksonville Opera Theatre in charge of Publicity.
Mrs. Stricklin received a Bachelor of Arts degree in vocal performance with a minor in drama from Jacksonville State University, and a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from the University of Louisville in Kentucky. She also has a background in radio and television communication from Jacksonville State University.
Mrs. Stricklin performs regularly as soprano soloist in concerts, recitals and local church performances. She has been featured with the Alabama Symphony and the Atlanta Pops Orchestra. Her lyric soprano roles include the ingénue leads in Menotti’s “The Telephone” and “The Old Maid and the Thief”, Floyd’s “Slow Dusk”, among others. Her musical theatre roles include ingénue leads in Man of La Mancha, Little Mary Sunshine, Kismet, and Sound of Music, among others. At the conclusion of her year of service as Miss Alabama 1978, she performed in two Miss America USO tours, one to Germany and Iceland and the other to Southeast Asia. She also toured the Soviet Union as soloist for the Norcross High School band. Most recently, her oratorio solo work includes Dubois’ Seven Last Words, Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, Haydn’s Missa Brevis Sancti Johannes de Deo, Mendelssohn’s Hear My Prayer, Bach’s Wachet Auf (Cantata 140), and Requiems by Brahms and Mozart. Since 2005, she has collaborated with JSU colleague Dr. Gail Steward, performing original arts songs written by Dr. Steward in recital throughout north Alabama.
Prior to joining the Music Department, Mrs. Stricklin enjoyed a public relations career with Jacksonville State University for 15 years. She has also enjoyed being a TV commercial spokesperson and has been seen for the past 20 years on local and regional TV.