Emerita Instructor of Music
Joanne Hayes Bozeman, soprano, received the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Arizona where she studied with Eugene Conley. Her other primary teachers were Richard Miller and Bruce Lunkley. She was a member of the voice faculty at the Lawrence Conservatory of Music from1993 through her retirement in 2019, where she has taught studio voice and related coursework. Her students are frequent winners at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) auditions, and former students have continued on to fine graduate programs throughout the United States. A number have pursued singing careers, winning competitions and professional placement with organizations including the Metropolitan Council Auditions, the Palm Beach Vocal Competition, Glimmerglass Opera Young Artist Program, Central City Opera, Opera Fort Collins, Washington National Opera, Chanticleer and the Chicago Symphony Chorus. Other students have established careers as singing teachers, choral directors, music educators and as speech and language pathologists.
Ms. Bozeman’s long-standing interest in voice health, women’s health and the interactions of reproductive hormones with female voice throughout life culminated in the release of Singing Through Change: Women’s Voices in Midlife, Menopause, and Beyond in April of 2020 (StudioBos Media). Written in collaboration with two co-authors, Cate Frazier-Neely and Nancy Bos, and based on over fifty interviews with female singers, the book explores how singing voice can react to the midlife hormonal shift. The book is grounded in current voice research, clinical and pedagogic opinion, and has received excellent reviews from the voice and medical communities. Ms. Bozeman has been invited to present on this topic at number of conferences and online interviews, including the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Pan American Vocology Association, the British Voice Association, Opera Programs Berlin, and the Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy Workshop.
For thirty-five years, Ms. Bozeman was an active soloist in recital, concert and oratorio, appearing with organizations including the Fox Valley Symphony, the Green Lake Music Festival, the Bach Chamber Choir, and the Lawrence University Concert Choir and Symphony Orchestra. She performed on Wisconsin Public Radio's “Live at the Elvehjem” and as resident soloist at Music in the Mountains, a summer music festival in Colorado. Ms. Bozeman's repertoire includes Handel's Messiah and Dettinger Te Deum, Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, Requiem and Mass in C Minor, Bach's Christmas Oratorio, Mendelssohn’s St. Paul and Elijah, as well as a large body of song repertoire, arias and chamber music. She and her husband, tenor Kenneth Bozeman, enjoyed many years of performing together.
Ms. Bozeman is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), the Pan American Vocology Association (PAVA) and the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA). In addition to studio voice, she taught a number of courses at Lawrence including Introduction to Vocal Studies, English Singing Diction, Italian and Latin Singing Diction, and Vocal Proficiency and Pedagogy. She continues to maintain a small private studio.