FACULTY & STAFF
Joann Martinson Davis
Adjunct Instructor – Music Appreciation and Diction; Staff Accompanist
Department: School of Music
Office: HC 329
Address: P.O. Box 3144
Ruston, LA 71272
Native North Dakotan soprano, Joann Martinson, infused Act Two with a potent dose of gypsy grit…She sang dashingly in Act Three, not least in the card-reading Trio… her radiant top B flats and Cs in ensembles were matched by Foley Davis’s excursions into her dark-chocolate low register. Martinson [is a] significant talent, and [her] performance significantly boosted the already-high benchmark of this Carmen. (Voix des Arts)
Joann Martinson Davis’ opera roles include Norina, Yum-Yum, Violetta, Adele, Le Feu (L’enfant et les Sortilèges), Monica, Gretel, Lola, Mabel, The Fairy Godmother (Cendrillon) and Frasquita with such companies as Western Plains Opera, Greensboro Opera, Louisiana Opera, and Emerald City Opera. On the concert stage, Joann has performed as a soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Händel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Vivaldi Gloria, Saint-Säens Christmas Oratorio, Bach’s St. John Passion, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, and Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living with the Minot Symphony, Vermont Philharmonic, Coeur d’Alene, Symphony in the Valley, UNCG Symphony and Lynchburg Chamber Orchestras.
Davis’ award credits include “Audience Favorite” and the Puccini Award with the Orpheus Competition, the Orchestral Performance Award with the Bel Canto Institute, along with awards from the Coeur d’Alene Young Artist, Symphony in the Valley, Long Leaf Opera, The American Prize, and Heafner/Williams Competitions and a finalist in the Harold Haugh Light Opera Competition.
Davis received her BA in Music Performance from Minot (North Dakota) State University under Dr. DeVera Bowles and her Master’s in Music from the University of North Carolina Greensboro under Dr. Robert Bracey. She is an annual performer with the New Music on the Bayou Festival and lives with her husband in Ruston, where she is Interim Head of Vocal Studies at Louisiana Tech University as well as a group fitness instructor.