Soprano, Chair of Voice Department
Joyce received her B.M. in Vocal Performance from Bucknell University and her M.M. in Operatic Performance from the University of Maryland.
Performance and Teaching Experience
Joyce made her operatic debut as Nella in Gianni Schicci with the Municipal Opera of Baltimore and hails performances with the Washington National Opera, Virginia Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Summer Opera Theater of Washington, Opera Bel Canto, Opera Camerata, Diaspora Opera, the Maryland Opera Society and the Washington National Wagner Society. Recent roles include Tosca, (Aria Club of Washington), Madame Butterfly (DC Federation of the Arts) and Aida performed for the DC Federation of the Arts, covered for Virginia Opera, Ortlinde from Die Walkure (Virginia Opera), Jo from Bruce Adolpe’s Let freedom Sing (Washington National Opera), Mother from Hansel and Gretel (Opera Camerata) and Annie from Porgy and Bess (Virginia Opera). As a soloist, recent performances include Handel’s Messiah with the National Symphony Orchestra and Verdi’s Requiem with the National Cathedral Choral Society.
She has been a Spectrum Artist with Virginia Opera, Teaching Artist with Washington Opera and was the recipient of the Meistersinger Award from the Washington National Wagner Society.
Joyce joined Levine’s voice faculty in the fall of 2003.
As Chair of the Voice Department, Joyce teaches individual lessons and group classes/ensembles which include: Vocal Basics, Introductory Voice, Sight Singing, Children’s Chorus and Middle School Chorus.
Joyce adores her Levine colleagues. “We are so genuinely supportive of each other. I love the comradery I experience from this amazing group of creative artists — artists who work each day to brighten their little part of the world through music.”
Teaching Philosophy and Approach
“I teach healthy singing. I teach my students how to “play” their vocal instruments. I do not teach to specific styles of music. I use traditional rep with all of my students — art songs, folk songs, musical theatre and standards to help each find their true sound, their vocal identity. I sing opera because that is where my voice finds it’s identity. My students however sing everything from classical to contemporary jazz. Voice lessons are a journey in self discovery — one that is exciting, perplexing at times but always fun.”