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The Capital City Weekly is featuring two divas a week leading up to Juneau Lyric Opera’s Sept. 23 “Who’s Your Diva” competition and fundraiser. This is the second week of Q&As. Follow upcoming divas at capitalcityweekly.com and in our print issue.
Who's Your Diva? Jessica Snyder 082317 AE 1 For the Capital City Weekly The Capital City Weekly is featuring two divas a week leading up to Juneau Lyric Opera’s Sept. 23 “Who’s Your Diva” competition and fundraiser. This is the second week of Q&As. Follow upcoming divas at capitalcityweekly.com and in our print issue.

Jessica Snyder. Courtesy image.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Story last updated at 8/22/2017 - 3:26 pm

Who's Your Diva? Jessica Snyder

The Capital City Weekly is featuring two divas a week leading up to Juneau Lyric Opera’s Sept. 23 “Who’s Your Diva” competition and fundraiser. This is the second week of Q&As. Follow upcoming divas at capitalcityweekly.com and in our print issue.

The event will take place at Centennial Hall at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.). Tickets go on sale at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center, Hearthside Books and www.juneauopera.org on Aug. 21. Costs $315 for reserved table for 10, or $35 per ticket (reserved seating). For more info visit www.juneauopera.org.

1. What’s your most memorable performance?

My most memorable performance was last year during Who’s Your Diva. I performed “Chandelier” by Sia. I performed miserably, but what made it so wonderful is that my 8 year daughter danced back up for me. It was the first time we had performed together and it made my heart soar to share the stage with last year’s Diva in Training.

2. How about your embarrassing moment while performing?

My most embarrassing moment had to be during the final adjudication of one of my voice classes during college. I was performing “Little Buttercup” from HMS Pinafore. I had a complete Freudian slip. Instead of “I’ve ribbons and laces to set off the faces of pretty young sweet hearts and wives” I, inadvertently, sang “to cut off the faces.” Of course, I sang through it, but boy was my face red!

3. Name three singers who have influenced you throughout your singing career.

The singer who has influenced me the most, is definitetly my mother. She has always inspired me by her willingness to share her musical talents.

4. Are there any local performers who inspire you?

My church choir has always inspired me to do my best and I love singing with every one of them.

5. Where’s your favorite place to sing (besides the stage)?

I very much enjoy singing at the Shrine of Saint Therese. Since I grew up attending summer camps at the Shrine, that location has always held a special place in my heart.

6. If you could burst out in song anywhere you wanted, where would it be?

I would LOVE to have the opportunity to sit down in prayer and sing “Ave Maria” by Gounod in the Sistine Chapel. Being surrounded by such beauty would fill my spirit with such joy.

7. What’s on your playlist, what’s your jam?

Right now, my Pandora playlist is set to Monster High to appease my daughter. Though a beautiful Mezzo Aria always is a good back up.

8. What are three things you love most about living in Juneau?

There are two reasons we decided to move our family back to Juneau. Number one is my parents. My parents have shown me an incredible amount of love my entire life, and I couldn’t imagine raising my family away from them. My church community is another huge part of the reason I love living in Juneau.

9. You have three sunny days in Juneau… how do you spend your time?

I love taking walks with my children. But, during those magic sunny days, I am making sure my children are soaking in that vitamin D.

10. What’s the number one item on your bucket list?

I have always wanted to go back to Europe and show my children some of the history in Rome, Greece, Norway, France and England just to name a few.