All Professionals, Canada, Toronto
Singing and performing since the age of six, Joanna Chapman-Smith has toured across Canada, Europe and the US many times as a folk singer-songwriter. Joanna has released four solo albums to date, receiving international awards for her songwriting. Featured on the CBC, the BBC and National Public Radio, she is known to have an, “exceptional voice,” (NPR) and as, “one of Canada’s best,” (The Province).
Joanna is also a well-loved local storyteller, appearing at numerous festivals, including the Toronto Storytelling Festival and The Summerfolk Music & Crafts Festival, to perform her stories and music. She received support from the Toronto, Ontario and Canadian Arts Councils for her work with folktales, and sat on the board for Storytelling Toronto from 2014-1015. Her work as a performing singer-songwriter and storyteller gives Joanna a unique understanding of contemporary vocal repertoire and technique, which she now teaches privately in Toronto, Canada.
Joanna also studied Music and English at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, graduating with her BFA in 2006. She holds her BEd from York University (2014) and completed the University of Iowa’s “Summer Vocology Institute” led by renowned voice scientist, Dr. Ingo Titze in 2013. As well, she earned her certification in all three levels of Jeanette LoVetri’s Somatic VoiceWork™ at Shenandoah University’s “Contemporary Commercial Music Institute” in 2015. Self-professed to be a “life-long learner”, she continues to research and study the voice and has a depth of knowledge and compassion for the vocal instrument, which she loves to share with her students. Joanna is currently an Ontario Certified teacher, a member of the Pan-American Vocology Association and Vocology in Practice.
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