- DMA., University of Texas at Austin
- MME., Texas Christian University
- MM., Texas Christian University
- BA., Trinity Western University, Canada
- Diploma and Licentiate of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, UK
Joanna Fernandes has been described as having a ‘naturally beautiful, warm mezzo voice with a wide vocal range.’ She has performed and taught in several countries including India, Canada, Singapore and the U.S. She has taught a wide age-range from early childhood music, young children, teens, university music students and retired adults. She has a Doctorate in Voice Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Texas, Austin, where she was awarded 'Outstanding Doctoral Recital' for the years 2011-2012. She was Teaching Assistant in Voice and Vocal Pedagogy for both undergraduate and graduate students during her DMA studies. She also received a certification in the graduate portfolio program in arts and cultural management and entrepreneurship at UT, Austin. Ms. Fernandes has a Masters in Voice Performance and a Masters in Music education from Texas Christian University. She did her undergraduate studies at Trinity Western University, Canada, majoring in Voice. She also has a certification in 'Teaching English as a Second Language' from Trinity Western University. She has a DipABRSM and LRSM (Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music) in Voice performance from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, UK. She attended the Vancouver International Song Institute in Vancouver, 2005 and ‘Eastman Sings’ – a Voice Summer program at the Eastman School of Music, 2008.
Ms. Fernandes has performed with the Singapore Lyric Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Vancouver Chamber Choir (under the Focus Program), and sung with the Vancouver Symphony on several occasions with the TWU University Chamber choir and Chamber singers. She has worked as a singer in several churches in North America, Singapore and India giving solo performances for different occasions. Some of her full opera roles have included Michaela (La Tragédie de Carmen), Clara (Signore Deluso), Herself (The Proposal), and scenes as Second Lady (The Magic Flute), Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus), Laeticia (The Old Maid and the Thief), Mrs Baxter Hilton (The Diva’s New Voice), The Witch (Hansel and Gretel) and Anna Maurrant (Street Scenes).
While studying in India, Ms. Fernandes received several awards such as the The Hilla Khursedji Memorial Award for the most talented Music student in India examined by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, UK for the year 1996 and 1997. She was awarded The Admiral O.S. Dawson Rolling Trophy for the most promising music candidate, Grades 6 to 8 in the Southern Region of the Associated Board for the year 1996. She also received the Hedy King Robinson award for Distinction in Theory of music from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, UK.