Save Sounds Initiative
Co-Director of the Save New Orleans Sound Initiative, Christophe E. Jackson Ph.D. has earned bachelors and masters in Biology and Piano Performance and completed an interdisciplinary PhD in Performance Arts Medicine through the Biology department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he worked across the disciplines of biology, physiology, physics, engineering, and music. Jackson was awarded funding from the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) and Ford Foundation to conduct seminal research to compare the voice fatigue of trained and untrained singers. His research focused on the translation of scientific investigation into clinical application for specialized care to performing artists as well as the design of portable acoustic devices to dampen ambient noise.
In addition Jackson is a “musician at heart” who maintains an active classical and jazz performance life. Growing up in the heart of Montgomery, Alabama, Christophe Jackson made his first public piano concert at the age of eight at the First United Methodist Church’s Nellie Burge Community Center, and never stopped playing thanks to the support of his grandmother and the congregation.
Outside of performances and research, Jackson actively seeks opportunities to increase awareness and educate musicians about performance health. He has established state-of-the-art voice laboratories, developed acoustic environments to dampen noise, established voice screening for incoming voice students, and facilitated visits for music students, during which he taught other musicians about preventative health and wellness for performing artists.
Currently, Jackson is working with researchers from Wichita State University and Tulane University to establish a center for music, science, and technology. Its purpose would be to conduct interdisciplinary studies on music cognition and neuroscience, performance arts medicine, technology, and the performing arts. The center would be a hub for other Universities to establish collaborations, which would promote, scholarship, innovation, and culture found only in New Orleans.
Jackson intends to enroll in medical school to become a clinical research surgeon specializing in the care of musician’s hearing and voice. His training in music, scientific research and medicine will facilitate integration and translation across these disciplines. He feels that active involvement in music making is vital to the empathy and understanding needed to improve musicians’ health.