Biography

Joelle Morris Mezzo Soprano

Originally from Evian, France, Joëlle Morris is a singer, choral conductor, music educator and voice teacher living in central Maine.

Recognized for her warm mezzo voice and her ability to sparkle on stage, she is admired for her versatility, from the concert stage to the operatic arena, in intimate jazz settings and French cabaret or simply sharing her gifts as voice teacher and coach.

Joëlle holds a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from the Lamont Conservatory in Denver Colorado and a Bachelor degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Joëlle has performed in an array of opera and musical theater shows, her favorite roles include Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Cherubino in La Nozze di Figaro, Rosina in The Barber of Seville,  Aunt Eller in Oklahoma! and Aldonza in Man of la Mancha amongst others.

An active recitalist, Joëlle has sung across the United States, France and Switzerland, most notably in such prestigious halls as La Grange-au-Lac in Evian-les-Bains, at Le Château de Ripaille in Thonon, the festival La Belle Époque at Evian and at l’Espace Maurice Novarina featuring her original production of “Poèmes en Musique” a presentation of French composers and their inspiration of poetry.

Since relocating to Maine in 2011, Joëlle has regularly given recitals at the Franco Center, Waterville Opera House, Nordica Auditorium, Jewett Hall, First Parish Church, the Early Music Festival in Portland and will be featured at Colby College and Bates College and at the Portland Conservatory of Music with guitarist Tim Burris and the Resinosa Ensemble this coming 2017-2018 season. 

In 2013, Joëlle was featured on the “207” show on WCHS Channel 6 to highlight the release of her new Christmas album “C’est Noël!” with pianist Bridget Convey.   In 2016, her association with pianist Bridget Convey and cellist Eliza Meyer has resulted in the creation of the Resinosa Ensemble, specializing in 21st century and commissioned works.

Although a classically trained singer, Joëlle has not shied away from other musical genres, touring with the Jean-Marie Reboul Jazz Trio both in France and in Switzerland, being recurring performers at the Mandarin Hotel and the Swissôtel Métropol in Geneva, the Lausanne Palace in Lausanne, Theâtre du Guidou in Sciez, and at the Cave de Marignac in Grand-Lancy.

An appreciation of Edith Piaf’s repertoire has led to numerous recitals with Portland jazz pianist Matt Fogg, featuring the grande dame of French chanson, most notably at the 2014 World Acadian Congress in Madawaska, ME and at the Franco Center in Lewiston, ME.

In orchestral concerts, Mrs. Morris has appeared with the Nouvel Orchestre de Genève at La Grange au Lac in Evian, France and as the soloist in the French premiere of Domenico Clapasson’s Il Pellegrino dell’assoluto for soprano, choir and orchestra under the direction of Sylvain Croisonnier in Evian-les-Bains, France. She was seen as the alto soloist in Mozart’s Mass in G at the Cathedral of the Immaculate in Denver under the baton of Horst Buchholz, as well as Mozart’s Requiem at the Newman Center of Performing Arts in Denver.

In Maine, Joelle regularly appears with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Lucas Richman and the Mozart Mentor Orchestra under the baton of Anthony Antolini, recently singing the Alto soloist in Bach’s St. John’s Passion, Mozart’s Requiem and Maine composer Aaron Robinson’s American Requiem

Joëlle has taught voice and vocal pedagogy since 2003 both in France and in the United States.  In addition to annual summer appearances in France, she is currently a Music Associate in Voice at Colby College, teaches privately in Winthrop, ME at the Joëlle Morris Voice Studio, and is the Music Director for the CODA Chorus, an 70+member ensemble in Winthrop.

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