World; Pop; Opera; Folk; Gospel; Classical; Musical Theatre
Joanne Hounsell has enjoyed a successful career in music and theatre for the past 30 years. During that time, she has served in leadership positions on all sides of the stage, as an educator, producer and principle artist.
Joanne holds a Bachelor of Music (Mount Allison University); Master of Music (University of British Columbia) in Vocal Performance and an Artist Diploma from the University of Toronto. Ms. Hounsell has performed in opera, concert and musical theatre in roles with major symphony and opera companies across Canada. She continued her theatre training with Michael Bawtree at the Banff School of Fine Arts and as a professional young artist in the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio & Vancouver Opera Touring Company. Her vocal and dramatic talents have secured her prominent engagements with major opera companies and symphonies including the Canadian Opera Company; L’Opéra de Montréal; Pacific Opera; Calgary, Edmonton and Manitoba Opera; National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Stratford Festival. Ms. Hounsell has been featured in a Debut Solo Recital with CBC Radio at the National Arts Centre & National Gallery. She received the Sylva Gelber award from Canada Council as outstanding musician 1996 and the Maureen Forrester Award for artistic excellence from the Stratford Festival.She has studied with Norma Newton and Warren Jones in New York and her mentor Dixie Ross Neill in Toronto ON.
Ms. Hounsell was the Head of Voice at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and has taught voice at the University of Lethbridge, University of Victoria and Carousel Theatre School ( Vancouver). She is the Creative Director of the St. Michaels University School Summer Youth Opera Program and Saltwater Creative Arts and served as a vocal adjudicator at the regional and provincial level coast to coast in Canada. Recently Ms. Hounsell joined the College of Examiners with the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto ON. She has been a member of Canadian Actors Equity for over 25 years and a member of ACTRA, NATS and BCRMTA. Her students have been recognized for outstanding achievement at the provincial, national and international level as emerging artists and professional artists. The key influences in her life are the love of music, a belief in the importance of the arts, the training of young artists and a passion for nurturing the arts at all levels.
Voice Type: Soprano
Music Styles Taught: World; Pop; Opera; Folk; Gospel; Classical; Musical Theatre
Availability: I am available as a performer; I have a wait-list for private lessons; I am available as a clinician or presenter