Dr. Joy Burdette, dramatic soprano, is a Lecturer of Voice at Northern Kentucky University. She has performed opera, oratorio, and various concert works regionally and internationally. Her operatic roles include Leonore in Il Trovatore, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Vanessa in Vanessa, Mrs. Maurrant in Street Scenes, Magda in The Consul, and Mother in Hänsel und Gretel. Joy has performed various roles, as well as professional chorus work, with Opera Theatre of Lucca, Italy, Cincinnati Opera, Kentucky Opera, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the University of Louisville School of Music. Joy has performed concert works with the Opera
Theatre of Lucca, Italy, Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra, Lebanon Symphony Orchestra, Voices of the Commonwealth, University of Louisville, University of Virginia, Northern Kentucky University, and Northern Kentucky Community Orchestra. Joy has presented recitals and masterclasses regionally and is in demand as an adjudicator.
Joy has earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Louisville School of Music, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from the University of the Cumberlands (Williamsburg, Kentucky).
Joy maintains private studios at the Northern Kentucky University Music Preparatory Program and at the Northern Kentucky School of Music. In the summer of 2012, she spent five weeks teaching music courses in Salzburg, Austria as part of the Kentucky Institute of International Studies. Joy is a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Joy is married to Tony, also a singer, and they have two young children, Calia and Benjamin. They reside in the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati area.
Joy Burdette, DMA
D.M.A., Cincinnati College-Conservatory Music
M.M., University of Louisville School of Music
B.M.E., Cumberland College