Joni McFarland

Music Lesson Instructor in Voice
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Joni McFarland


  • B.S. Music Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Academic Interests
I continue to study vocal pedagogy for the benefit of my students as well as for myself. I believe that one must develop and perfect the skills needed to sing both correctly and effectively. Another benefit is performance longevity.

What is the most important piece of advice you give to students to help them succeed?
I am grateful to the Lord for the many opportunities – both past and present – that I have experienced.  And I want to pass on to students this advice that I have learned: First and foremost, resolve to live your life according to the lesson taught in Proverbs 3:5-6.  Pursue excellence in your field.  Study and grow.  Be grateful and humble. Do not limit yourself. And don’t be afraid to take the path that may not be the most popular one at the time for you may be surprised by the treasure that you find.

Professional Experience
Upon graduation I worked to establish a career as a soloist, not only of classical music, but also musical theater and contemporary Christian music. Along with performances in the local and tri-state area, my journey has taken me to the West Coast of the United States and as far south as Bolivia, South America.

Some of the highlights of my soloist career include recording projects; radio and television appearances; special events such as the Imani Fundraising Gala; the Western Pennsylvania Bible Conference;  Westminster College Celebrity Series Christmas Show;  soprano soloist in performances of Handel’s Messiah, Rutter’s Requiem, and Schubert’s Mass in G; lead roles in opera performances; featured soloist in the Parkside Church annual Christmas concerts in Chagrin Falls, Ohio (2005-present).  And it was an honor and great fun to sing the national anthem for both the Steelers and Pirates.

I also previously served as choir director for Clen Moore U.P. Church in New Castle, PA and presently maintain a private voice studio.


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