Name: Joanna Taber
Voice type: Soprano
SFS Chorus member since: 2011
Soprano Joanna Taber is a soloist in opera and concert based in the San Francisco Bay Area, where in 2012 she made her San Francisco Symphony solo debut as Vox Coelestis in Debussy’s Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien, under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas. Her performance was hailed by the San Jose Mercury News for its “wing-tipped expressiveness”. Operatic roles she has performed include the title role of Rusalka, Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte, and Sa Femme in Milhaud's Le Pauvre Matelot. As an active concert soloist she has performed Mozart’s Requiem and Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass. She is a frequent collaborator in lieder and art song recitals. Her voice is known for its clarity and lush, warm timbre.
Ms. Taber has been a proud professional member of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus since the 2011-12 season, and is a member of Ragnar Bohlin’s Capella SF. She also joined the San Francisco Opera Chorus for the 2013 productions of Mephistopheles and the Verdi Requiem.
Ms. Taber is an alumna of the Music Academy of the West, where she studied with renowned mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne. She is also an alumna of the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute in Montreal. She holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance, with work towards a Doctorate of Musical Arts, from the University of Oklahoma, and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from UC Santa Barbara. Among her many awards are the prestigious 2008 Kandy Luria-Budgor and Aaron Budgor Full Fellowship in Voice from the Music Academy of the West.
Joanna currently lives in Berkeley, California, and studies voice with Sheri Greenawald of the San Francisco Opera Center.