Dr. Juanita Marchand Knight maintains a private studio in LaSalle, Québec (Canada) and currently works primarily with gender-nonconforming clients. Additionally, she is a member of the Music Perception and Cognition Lab at McGill University, where she is involved in a large scale project on Orchestration Pedagogy, with researchers from a wide variety of sub-fields in music.
She has taught voice, choir, piano, and general music, both in the classroom setting and privately, for over twenty-years and has worked with students ranging from 18 months old through the doctoral level. Dr. Marchand Knight enjoys teaching in a variety of styles and has done extensive work in vocal habilitation following eating disorders, nodular conditions, and pregnancy and birth. Operatic roles include Violetta (La Traviata), Belinda and First Witch (Dido and Aeneas), Soeur Constance (Dialogues des Carmélites), and the title roles in Merry Widow and Semele. On the concert stage, Dr. Marchand Knight has appeared as soprano soloist in Mozart’s Missa Brevis in D-Minor and Coronation Mass, Bach’s Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen and Alles nur nach Gottes Willen, Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit, and Handel’s Saul. With a strong interest in 20th century music and electro-acoustic genres, she has performed as a soloist several times with McGill’s ensemble gems, and in a number of contemporary pieces, including the world premiere of Stephen Edwards’s Requiem for my Mother at Carnegie Hall. Dr. Marchand Knight holds a Bachelor’s degree in Early Music Voice, a Master’s degree and an Artist’s Diploma in Opera Performance, all from McGill University, a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Miami, and an AEC in Audio Recording Technology from Vanier College. Research and publication credits include the Doctoral Essay, Effects of Bulimia Nervosa on the Voice: A Guide for Voice Teachers (University of Miami, 2011), the article, The Benefits of Learning Music in an Academy (ReMi Journal, 2017), unpublished papers on women in Rockabilly and the ability of Autistic children to process affect in music, and a socio-cultural study of the castrati singers. Passionate about popular and electronic musics, she has penned and recorded several pieces that can be heard on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, YouTube, Deezer, Amazon, and Soundcloud. Excerpts of Dr. Knight’s original piece A Children's Mass, are regularly performed in manuscript version at St. Patrick Church in Miami Beach. Presently, she is composing vocal music on queer themes and working to bring a gender-diverse approach to vocal pedagogy.