Soprano – Julianne Davis
Julianne Davis has been hailed as “a performer with great radiance,” an “astounding, resoundingly fine” soprano. A resident of Longmont, Colorado, she has appeared with the Boulder Chorale in Brahms’ masterpiece, Ein Deutsches Requiem, and the Boulder Symphony’s performance of Dvorak’s Stabat Mater. She was also featured in a concert by the Boulder Chorale titled “Rhythm Planet,” which “explored the ways in which rhythm is integral to music from a variety of countries and cultures.” She has presented recitals in Longmont and Boulder, and several in Lindsborg, KS. She also performs with Prima Trio, three singers (one other from Lindsborg) and a pianist who found deep resonance with one another vocally and personally. The name Prima is a nod to First Lutheran Church in Longmont where the ensemble originated.
Prior to moving to Longmont, Ms. Davis lived on Long Island, New York, for fifteen years. Career highlights of that time include performing with the International Vocal Arts Institute under the leadership of Joan Dornemann and singing the role of Anina in the Bronx Opera production of La Traviata directed by Michael Spiermann. She was also active in church music as a vocal soloist, pianist, and children’s choir director and taught private piano and voice lessons while raising her three children with her husband.
Ms. Davis holds a Bachelor of Arts in music education and vocal performance with a sacred music minor from Bethany College in Lindsborg KS. She looks back on her time at Bethany with gratitude for professors and classmates who have become lifelong friends, and countless formative and inspiring experiences. It is a joy to be coming full circle from being a Messiah dress rehearsal soloist as a college student to singing for the festival now. Although she did not grow up in Lindsborg, it was a frequent destination to visit her grandparents, and was her home for a few years after college while teaching in the Smoky Valley schools and working as an adjunct professor of voice at Bethany and McPherson Colleges. Ms. Davis also holds a Master of Music in vocal performance from the University of Northern Iowa, where she studied with Leslie Morgan. Her education has continued through numerous teachers and coaches, including Inci Bashar and Rebecca Copley in Kansas, Ashley Putnam, Joan Dornemann, Carrie Anne Matheson, and Debra Birnbaum in New York, Michelle Wegwart in Nottingham, England, and now Julie Simson in Colorado.