Soprano Joan Marie Dauber has equal passion for performing, teaching, and the promotion of new music. As a performer Joan Marie regularly presents concert series featuring music of the last century. Her affinity for art song and chamber music has gained her a reputation as a distinguished interpreter of contemporary music and she has been invited to festivals featuring the music of John Cage, Christian Wolff, Morton Feldman, Kurt Weill, and Aaron Copland. She had the honor of singing the role of María Luisa in Daniel Crozier’s With Blood, With Ink at the National Opera Association Convention, where it won first place for the Chamber Opera Competition. She can also be heard on the PARMA recordings/Navona Records recording of The Great God Pan, a chamber opera by Chicago composer Ross Michael Crean.
Joan Marie performs yearly as a soloist at the St. Benedict Parish of Chicago’s Holiday Concert in conjunction with the Ravenswood Symphony Orchestra, singing in works such as Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, and Schubert’s Mass in G Major, D167. She has also sung with the Baroque Artists of CHampaign-Urbana (BACH), notably as a soprano soloist in their performance of Bach’s Matthäus-Passion BWV 244.
As a teacher she spent nearly twenty years studying with master teacher Diane Sotola, a student of William Miller. She proudly carries on the teachings of Ms. Sotola and Mr. Miller as passed on to her, emphasizing freedom in singing through work on the breath, anatomical and scientific knowledge, and sensory awareness of one’s instrument. She has taught students from the ages of 6 to 86 and worked with beginners, musical theater singers, spoken word artists, rock singers, improv comedians, and classical singers. She currently is teaching exclusively at Lyriq Music School in North Center.
Joan Marie has been recognized in the Art Song & Oratorio Professional Division of The American Prize as a finalist for the last four years and her creamy, lyric soprano voice has been described as “soaring, powerful, and rich” in her performances of Baroque and Classical oratorio and bel canto opera. Other honors include being a finalist for the Harold Haugh Light Opera Competition, the Chicago Oratorio Award, and Civic Morning Musical Award.
Prior to her career in Chicago, Joan Marie was active in musical theater and light opera productions in the Cleveland area. She performed roles in Evita, A Little Night Music, Rags, Into The Woods, Godspell, Kiss Me, Kate, and played Squeaky Fromme in the Ohio premier of Assassins.
As an animal lover, Joan Marie also dedicates much of her time to PAWS Chicago, the Midwest’s largest no-kill humane shelter. In addition to singing at special events, she has appeared on television as a media spokesperson for PAWS and trains dogs and humans alike.