Givonna Joseph

Givonna J.

New Orleans, LA

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Givonna delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10+ and special needs

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Givonna, mezzo-soprano, founder and director of OperaCréole, was recently featured on a French documentary called "Le Grand Tour" about the connections between France, Quebec, and Louisiana.

Ms. Givonna is a versatile teacher, able to work with all vocal styles.
She is a professional opera singer who is also versatile in theater and jazz. As a trained Music Therapist, she is also able to work with students with special needs.

She has been presented in concerts in Rome, Italy and Paris, France, has performed leading roles with New Orleans Opera, and as a soloist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and Symphony Chorus of New Orleans.Ms Joseph has over 25 years experience in production. Prior to Hurricane Katrina, she served as Director of Education for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra for 5 years. Givonna teaches voice privately and is a Master Teaching Artist for Young Audiences of Louisiana. Ms Joseph is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans.

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Founder and Artistic Director
May 2011 - Present

A company dedicated to researching and performing lost or rare operatic works by composers of African descent with a specialty in 19th Century New Orleans

Contract Arts Intergration Specialist/ Music Teacher
Jan 2008 - Present
Make Music NOLA, and Young Audiences of LA

Performer: Education Outreach
Feb 2002 - Present
New Orleans Opera


Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy/Vocal Performance
Aug 1974 - May 1980
Loyola University


Learn to sing in French, Spanish, Italian
Limited Proficiency


Best Mixed Scale Opera Production
Mar 2018
Gambit- Big Easy- Tribute to the Classical Arts
Southerner of the Year 2017
Dec 2017
Southern Living Magazine
Arts Honoree
Sep 2015
The New Orleans Black Chorale
Recognition Award
Oct 2012
Louisiana Creole Research Association


American Guild of Musical Artists
Sep 2001

An American labor union that represents 8,000 current and retired opera singers, ballet and other dancers, opera directors, backstage production personnel at opera and dance companies, and figure skaters.

Photos & Videos

"Give Me Jesus" Recording from CD "Hymn for New Orleans"
Here is a web show on NolaVie that interviews Ms. Joseph as she travels around New Orleans
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Photo by Givonna J.

With Jazz greats!!
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