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Associate Professor; Voice Coordinator

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  • Degrees
    • D.M.A., University of Texas at Austin
    • M.M.E., Texas Christian University
    • M.M., Texas Christian University
    • B.A., 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 D.M.A studies. Dr. 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 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 International Congress of Voice Teachers (ICVT6) in Vancouver, 2005, ‘Eastman Sings’ – a Voice Summer program at the Eastman School of Music, 2008 and the Vancouver International Song Institute in Vancouver, 2016.

Dr. Fernandes has a Graduate Certificate in Worship Studies from Liberty University. She received a certification in the Graduate Portfolio Program in Arts and Cultural Management and Entrepreneurship at UT, Austin. She also has a certification in 'Teaching English as a Second Language' from Trinity Western University.

Dr. 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, Dr. 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 years 1996 and 1997. She was awarded The Admiral O.S. Dawson Rolling Trophy for the most promising music candidate in the Southern Region of the Associated Board for the year 1996. She also received the Hedy King Robinson award for Distinction in music theory from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, UK.

Dr. Fernandes has studied with Rose Taylor, Darlene Wiley, Dr. Sheila Allen, Dr. Angela Cofer, Dr. Lynn Eustis, Dr. Soo Hong Kim, Dr. Su-Sun Wong and Ingrid Suderman. Her vocal coaches include Dr. Chuck Dillard, Rick Rowley, Rick Masters and Mark Metcalf. Her opera directors include James Marvel, Marc Erck, Joe Illick, Richard Estes, Su-Sun Wong and Ivan Heng. She has sung in masterclasses of renowned pedagogues and artists such as Dr. Scott McCoy, Mignon Dunn, Cecilia Montemayor, Ken Griffith, Carol Webber, Joe Illick and Warren Jones.

Dr. Fernandes is currently Associate Professor of Voice and Director of Vocal Studies at Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU). She serves as President of Kappa Xi at SAGU. She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the Voice Foundation and the National Association of Teachers of Singing, serving as faculty advisor for SNATS at SAGU. She has a private voice studio in Waxahachie, TX.




1200 Sycamore St.
Waxahachie, TX 75165


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