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Joyce Farwell - Mezzo-soprano

Houston, Texas

Dr. Joyce Farwell, mezzo soprano, is well known to audiences throughout the country as a performing artist and pedagogue.


Dr. Farwell received the Doctorate of Musical Arts from the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, where she studied and coached with the famous bass-baritone, Italo Tajo.  She received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Oklahoma, where she was a student of the operatic tenor Joseph Benton. Dr. Farwell was a Professor of Voice for many years at the Shepherd School at Rice University, where she is presently Professor Emerita.  She was also on the voice faculties at Drake University, University of Wisconsin, Western Carolina University, and Baylor University.


Earlier in her career, Dr. Farwell performed in recital, opera, and with orchestras throughout the United States. She is renowned now as an accomplished vocal pedagogue and travels extensively doing master classes and workshops at many universities around the country. She has also taught at various summer programs in the U.S. and in Europe, including  Centri Studi and the Amalfi Coast  Music Festival in Italy and the AIMS Institute in Austria.Dr. Farwell has worked with many wonderful artists to whom she gives thanks and credit for the work she is now doing: Italo Tajo, Joseph Benton, and Clara Bloomfield, in addition to the many talented students from whom she has learned much.Dr. Farwell currently resides outside of Dallas, Texas (The Woodlands), where she is continuing her work in her private studio.

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