Beth Johanning

Photo of Beth JohanningBeth Johanning Conductor of Wagner Treble Concert Choir and Artistic Director of Voyces and Young Voyces. In 2011 Beth Johanning founded the early music vocal ensemble Voyces. With the goal of study and performance of Renaissance and Baroque music, and drawing from the community of professional and semi-professional musicians, she has led the all-volunteer group in concerts, collaborations and musical events in venues on Staten Island. Young Voyces, the youth affiliate of Voyces, was established by Beth in 2013. The young singers perform in Staten Island and Manhattan on independent concerts and concerts with Voyces.

A native of Canton, Ohio, Beth attended the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) on an opera scholarship where she earned bachelor's and master's degrees in voice performance. In addition to her education as an opera soloist, Beth received valuable experience studying and performing early music with choral conductor Dr. Earl Rivers as a member of the CCM Renaissance Consort.

After completing her formal education at CCM, Beth moved to Germany and made her mark in an array of opera roles in theaters throughout the country, making her debut in 1990 as Diana in Cavalli's La Calisto at the Münster Stadttheater. In 1995, she was awarded a stipend to the Bayreuther Festspiele for her portrayals and recordings of Siegfried Wagner heroines. Other opera appearances and engagements include Oldenburgische Staatstheater, Kammeroper im Rathaus Hof, Konstanz, Theater der Stadt Trier, Rudolstädter Festspiele, and Schauspiel Leipzig. Since returning to the United States, Beth has worked extensively with young singers. She served as choral director and voice instructor of the performing arts department of Moore Catholic High School in Staten Island from 1998 until 2011, as well as music director and founder of the Christ Church Community Youth Choir. From 2006 until 2013, Beth was music director of Richmond Choral Society Youth Chorus. During her tenure she led the young singers in works by such composers as John Rutter, Benjamin Britton, Bach, Pergolesi, Vivaldi, Monteverdi and Lassus, culminating in a collaboration performance of Niccola Porpora's Magnificat with the Baroque instrumental ensemble, American Virtuosi.

Conducting credits with orchestra include: Monteverdi L'Orfeo (excerpts), Purcell King Arthur (excerpts), Bach Cantata no.106, Fauré Requiem and Vivaldi Gloria. Purcell Dido and Aeneas is slated for June 2016. Beth joined the choral and voice faculty of Wagner College, Staten Island in early 2013, and is the conductor of the Wagner Treble Concert Choir and the Hildegard Ensemble, a 12-voice ensemble that specializes in a cappella singing and early music.