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Blog Event Recap: Connecting Through Community featuring Joelle Roberson


Jouelle Roberson (Soprano) hails from Washington,D.C. She began her musical studies at the Duke Ellington School for the Arts where she participated in the Show Choir. Following graduation, she was accepted into the vocal studies program at Morgan State University where she graduated with her B.A and M.A studying vocal performance with Marquita Lister. Miss Roberson was apart of the 2019-2020 season artists of the Atlanta Opera studio program; as well as the 2021 participant in the Saratoga Opera’s young artist program. She was recently apart of Opera Lucca’s 2022 summer program where she performed the role of Suor Angelica. Miss Roberson has graduated from Manhattan School of Music with her Professional Studies program. 

Miss Roberson had the great pleasure to advance to the semi finals of the 2019 Annapolis Opera vocalcompetition. Jouelle was also the first place winner in the 2019 NATS local and regional round. Miss Roberson received the encouragement award in the Southeast Region Met Competition. 

She is the 2018 winner of the Emerging Young Artist Regional competition presented by the National Association of Negro Business Women and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc., formerly known as the Leontyne Price Vocal Competition the 2016 District winner of the National Association of Negr Musicians,inc. Vocals Competition. In 2015, she advanced to the, Regional auditions of the National Association of Teachers of Singing students auditions. 

On The Operatic Stage, she has  performed the role of Grisostomo from Don Quichotte: At Camocho’s Wedding by Telemann, in the Saratoga Opera’s young artist summer program in the summer of 2021. Miss Roberson also performed Maria in Saratoga Opera’s main stage production of Man of La Mancha. She has also performed the role of Strawberry Woman in the world renowned opera Porgy and Bess as astudio artist with the Atlanta Opera this past 2019-2020 season. She has also performed the role of Marenka in Bedrich Smetana’s Bartered Bride with the Bethesda Summer Music Festival. Following her successful performances as Marenka, she was invited by the AAMS Opera to perform the role of the Countess (excerpts) from Le Nozze di Figaro in Ischia, Italy. With Opera@Morgan,she has performed in several scenes and fully staged productions, including the 2018 production of Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadows by Steven M.Allen Where She portrayed the title role of Alice Ruth Moore. Most recently,by request of the composer, she repeated her portrayal of Alice Ruth Moore in an Opera Showcase presented by CAAPA. 

On The Concert Stage, she has been a featured soloist in the Verdi Requiem with the renowned Morgan State University Choir. She has travelled as a soloist nationally and internationally with the choir and the select group “Singers.” She is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity.

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