Joyce Andrews, Soprano
M.M, B.M., Voice. Performances across the United States as soloist in major choral works, on the concert stage, and in opera have highlighted Soprano Joyce Andrews' distinguished career. Ms. Andrews has received acclaim as soprano soloist with such prestigious organizations as the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Chautauqua Opera Company, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Madison Opera Theatre and Concert Royal in New York City. She has toured and recorded with the Gregg Smith Singers, Eastern Opera Theatre, the Manhattan Savoyards, and early in her career was a national finalist in the Lyric Opera School of Chicago auditions. She sang with the New York City Opera Company and both the Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera awarded Ms. Andrews prizes in their regional competitions. After receiving a Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Hawaii, Ms. Andrews continued vocal training with Rose Bampton (formerly of the Metropolitan Opera) in New York City which Ms. Andrews made her home for thirteen years. Praised for her abilities as a singing-actress, Ms. Andrews has more than fifty operatic and oratorio roles in her repertoire. She has concertized on recital series in both England and France, and has been invited to give masterclasses to French Conservatoire students in Paris. Ms. Andrews is also an active scholar in the area of vocal works by British women composers and has published several articles in addition to giving presentations at national and international conferences. Her research has taken her abroad numerous times for research in England and Scotland, where she regularly prepares new vocal works with living composers. She continues an active career as soloist throughout the Midwest and is frequently heard on Wisconsin Public Radio in solo and chamber music performances. Wisconsin audiences have heard Ms. Andrews numerous solo appearances with the Fox Valley Symphony, Madison Symphony, Green Bay Symphony, Sheboygan Symphony, Oshkosh Symphony, and the Manitowoc Symphony. She has recently performed as soloist in return engagements with the Oshkosh Symphony and the Manitowoc Symphony, and appeared in lead roles in the UWO Opera Theatre production of Hansel & Gretel and Albert Herring. In 2008 she presented at City University (London, England), the National NATS conference (Nashville), in 2009 at the International Hawaii Conference on the Arts & Humanities (Honolulu), and a lecture recital at the National CMS conference (Portland). 2010 took Andrews to Cardiff, Wales to present at the International Association for the Study of Popular Music and in 2011 to Richmond, Virginia for the National CMS Conference. Andrews is a recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where she is Professor of Music. Her students excell in competitions ranging from NATS to MTNA, are accepted at prestigious institutions for graduate work, and continue performing in various professional venues.
Andrews has several recordings to her credit, including on the RCA (Merchant - Ivory Film Soundtrack) and Vox (Gershwin "Blue Monday") labels. The most recent of her several compact disk recordings released on Capstone Records, “Emily Dickinson Songs” (CPS-7620), received critical acclaim, as in the following reviews…
“This would be a daunting program for any singer but Joyce Andrews… is the real deal. The voice is in excellent shape, a fairly bright lyric soprano that somewhat brings to mind Phyllis Bryn-Julson… To judge from some of the difficulty in the music heard here. Andrews has no technical problems whatsoever; and beyond that, she is so completely inside the words she sings that the missing printed texts are not needed. Every word is deeply felt and crystal clear. This is that rarity… that deserves the widest possible recommendation."
John Story, Fanfare (September/October 2004)
NATS Journal of Singing
“There is much to applaud in this collection…Hers is a substantial voice that she uses in an unfussy, unpretentious manner ideal for this sort of repertoire. The sound flows easily and powerfully in every register and almost never sounds pushed or strident…she is an exceptionally musical singer and her technical poise never deserts her even in the most turbulent songs. Her accompanist, Beverly Hassel, is a stunning partner, and, in songs like John Duke's "Bee! I'm expecting you!" they manage to achieve breathtaking perfection while seeming to toss off the piece with carefree abandon.”
Gregory Berg,Journal of Singing(Mar/Apr 2004)
"A Tale of Two Charlottes: Historical British Women Song Composers," Journal of the IAWM (International Alliance for Women in Music), Vol. 18, no. 2 (2012)
“Sally, Queen of Scots: The Rise of Scottish Composer Sally Beamish,” Journal of Singing, Vol. 67, no. 5 (May/June 2011).
"Amanda Aldridge, Teacher and Composer: A Life in Music." Journal of Singing, Vol. 66, no. 3 (January/February, 2010).
“Composer Alison Bauld and the Dramatic Element in her Settings of
Shakespeare for Voice,” Journal of Singing, Vol. 60, no. 1 (September/October 2003).
“Composer Rhian Samuel: The Female Viewpoint and Welsh Influences in her Vocal Music.” Women in Music, A Journal of Gender and Colture, Vol. 8 (2004).
“Discovering British Composer Elaine Hugh-Jones.” Women of Note Quarterly, Vol. 8, no. 4 (October 2002).
“The Life and Songs of English Composer Betty Roe.” Journal of Singing, Vol. 58, no. 2 (November/December 2001) 117-134.
“Parsons, James, ed. The Cambridge Companion to the Lied; Duffin, Ross. Shakespeare’s Songbook; Youngren, William H. C.P.E. Bach and the Rebirth of the Strophic Song; Starr, Larry. The Dickinson Songs of Aaron Copland. College Music Symposium, Vol. 45, Fall 2005.
"Elisabeth Lutyens and Jane's Minstrels." Women of Note Quarterly, Vol. 6, no. 4 (November 1998) 9-11.
"Rebecca Clarke - Songs for Voice and Piano, Voice and Violin and Violin and Piano." Women of Note Quarterly, Vol. 7, no. 2 (May 1999) 14-17.
“Emily Dickinson Songs” released on the commercial label Capstone in June 2003. Collaborated with Beverly Hassel, piano and assisted by Frank Hoffmeister, Tenor and David Cowley, Cello. Works by 14 contemporary composers represented.
“August was Foggy” – released on the Alicia Label in 1997. Soloist in Composer Bruce Wise’s “Elegy” on this solo disk by Frank Hoffmeister of works by Wisconsin composers.