Her love of Baroque music began at Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music, where she earned her B.M. in Voice Performance and sang in multiple ensembles during their yearly Bach Festivals. As a concert soloist, she has sung several large works, including Bach’s Mattäuspassion (Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana), Vivaldi’s Gloria, Schubert’s Mass in G Major, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Rutter’s Mass of the Children (with Ravenswood Community Orchestra at St. Benedict Parish). In 2019 she performed her first major Baroque opera role when performing Handel's Alcina with the Chicago Vocal Arts Consortium.
Joan Marie has also presented Baroque arias and solo cantatas in concerts and recitals in New York, Champaign-Urbana, and Chicago, including Bach’s famous Weichet nur, betrütbte Schatten, BWV 202 (“Wedding Cantata”) at Syracuse University. While doing post-graduate study in Baroque music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Joan Marie sang with the chorus of the Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana for three years. She has worked with conductors Dr. Dwight Oltman, Stuart Raleigh, Dr. Chet Alwes, Ms. Doris Lang Kosloff, Ms. Catherine O’Shaughnessy, Dr. Bruce Gladstone, David Robison, and Broadway legend Jack lee.
Joan Marie has been recognized as a finalist and semifinalist for the past several years by The American Prize in Voice Performance for art song and oratorio. She earned her M.M. in Voice Performance at Syracuse University where she studied with Baroque and new music expert Helen Boatwright. She also spent two summers studying German language and music In Salzburg, Austria through the University of Miami School of Music, studying with Dr. Sarah Arneson, and participating in master classes with Jerry Hadley, Dawn Upshaw, Marjana Lipovšek, and Cynthia Hoffman.
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This Spring 2019 Joan Marie's students performed works by women composers such as Lori Laitman, Amy Beach, Donna Rhodenizer, and Ellen Mandel, as well as duets from Disney, Broadway, Queen, and more.
In 2016-2017 Joan Marie and her longtime collaborator Sandro Tsomaia presented a three-part concert series “Infinite Affection: Aaron Copland & Emily Dickinson in Song,” which brought Chicago audiences music from Copland, his contemporaries, and modern composers’ settings of Dickinson poetry, with encore presentations at Harold Washington Library and at PianoForte Chicago. They are reviving the idea, now "Infinite Connection," and adding new works by modern composers this fall.
As a soloist Joan Marie is also an actively sought-after interpreter of contemporary classical music, particularly American music of the last century. She has been an invited guest artist at new music festivals and concerts at Mercer University, SUNY-Potsdam, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Argonne National Laboratory, and Emerson Music of Art. In Chicago Joan Marie was a founding member of the MAVerick Ensemble, devoted to presentations of contemporary music, art and video pieces by modern composers. She has performed solo and chamber works by George Crumb, Morton Feldman, John Cage, Christian Wolff, Erik Lund, Daniel Crozier, Sever Tipei, W.J. Raynovich, Ellen Mandel, André Previn, Jake Heggie, Richard Hundley, Juliana Hall, Ernst Bacon, William Bolcom, Bernard Herrmann, Rosśa Crean, Luigi Dallapiccolla, and more. She sang on the professional recording of local composer Rosśa Crean’s new opera The Great God Pan, under the PARMA Recordings/Navona Records label.
In Chicago she has championed new music at venues such as the HotHouse, the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, the Gene Siskel Film Center, the Renaissance Society, and Lyriq Music School. You can also find Joan Marie credited for her research on Copland in the book “Copland Connotations: Interviews and Studies” edited by P. Dickinson, and for her research on John Cage in “The Cambridge Companion to New Music” edited by D. Nicholls.
Joan Marie has been recognized as a finalist and semifinalist for the past several years by The American Prize in Voice Performance for opera, art song and oratorio. Previously, she was a semifinalist for the Harold Haugh Light Opera Vocal Competition and a finalist for the Civic Morning Musical Competition.
Joan Marie lives in Chicago with her husband and their three cats. She is head of the Voice Department at Lyriq Music School in North Center and is an active volunteer at PAWS Chicago, the Midwest’s largest no kill animal shelter, where she trains humans and dogs alike.
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