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 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 among 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 appeared with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, the Mozart Mentor Orchestra and is regularly a featured artist at Colby College, Bates College, Bowdoin College, the Franco Center, Waterville Opera House, Nordica Auditorium, the Colby Jazz Faculty Ensemble, King’s Chapel in Boston and the Early Music Festival in Portland. Her appreciation of chamber music has led her to be the co-founding member of the Amethyst Chamber Ensemble and the Resinosa Ensemble which specializes 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 and the Big Bang Thonon throughout Europe. An appreciation of Edith Piaf’s repertoire has led to numerous concerts featuring the grande dame of French chanson, most notably at the 2014 World Acadian Congress in Madawaska, Maine and numerous times at the Franco Center in Lewiston, Maine. In 2016, she joined the Colby Faculty Jazz Ensemble and was featured at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City in 2017.
Joëlle has taught voice and vocal pedagogy since 2001 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, Maine at the Joëlle Morris Voice Studio, and is the Music Director of the CODA Chorus, a 70+member ensemble in central Maine. A member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) since 2013, she is a frequent judge for All-State auditions and NATS competitions.
Joëlle holds a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from the Lamont Conservatory in Denver Colorado and a Bachelor degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Colorado in Boulder.