Sola Voce Director
Joanna Scarangello is an active conductor, singer, and music teacher in northern New Jersey. Scarangello received her Master of Arts in Music Education with honors from Montclair State University, with focused research on middle school choral education’s role in a child’s moral, ethical, and social-emotional development. Scarangello received her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education with honors from Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA. Scarangello is currently employed by the Mount Olive School District, where she serves as the Director of Choirs for Mount Olive Middle School. Serving a community of close to 300 choristers, Scarangello’s school choirs have consistently earned Superior ratings in local festivals.
As an active classical mezzo-soprano, Scarangello has most recently been seen performing with Clarum Sonum (The True Story of Cinderella, First Stepsister), New Jersey Conservatory Chamber Choir (Bach B Minor Mass, Mezzo-Soprano soloist), Light Opera of New Jersey (Amahl and the Night Visitors, Orpheus in the Underworld), Opera for Humanity (Lucia di Lammermoor, Chorus; A Night of Opera, Recital Soloist). She had the privilege of premiering the work “The Spheres at Play” by Dr. Fred Thayer in 2008.
Scarangello’s choirs have been invited to perform at The Growing Stage: The Children’s Theatre of NJ, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, the NJMEA 2019 State Conference, the 2020 NJSMA Elementary Workshop, and as a demonstration choir for university choral methods classes. Scarangello has presented sessions focused on intermediate singers and director wellness at NJMEA and NJACDA conferences, and had the privilege to have been chosen to direct the 2020 MACDA Mixed Intermediate Honor Choir. Scarangello’s singers have been accepted into county, region, state, ACDA Eastern Division, and ACDA National Honor Choirs in her 14-year tenure as a choral educator. Scarangello is a proud member of ACDA and NAFME.