- Master of Music, Vocal Performance, University of Maryland"
"Advanced Vocal Study and Teacher Certification, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga"
"Bachelor of Arts, Music: voice and piano, Emory and Henry College
Joan Bolling-May is a voice instructor in the applied music program. A soprano, she received her Master of Music in vocal performance from the University of Maryland. Originally an aspiring Musical Theater singer, she was coaxed into opera after being a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. An accomplished performer, Bolling-May has performed lead roles with numerous opera companies and is also active as a recitalist and concert singer. Locally she has performed at the Kennedy Center and Wolf Trap. She taught voice at Montgomery College prior to joining the voice faculties of AU in 2000 and The Catholic University of America in fall 2002. In 1990 she opened The Bolling-May Voice Studio focusing on building healthy voices and providing vocal training for singers of all ages and voice classifications. Since her students are comprised of those seeking classical vocal training and those majoring in musical theater, she teaches a diverse repertoire drawn from the art song, concert, opera, operetta, musical theater and popular fields. She is a creative and energetic teacher dedicated to helping aspiring singers realize their maximum potential.