Jolie Rocke Brown is a soprano whose talents have taken her from a Carnegie Weill Recital Hall debut to spotlight performances with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Connecticut Opera and Houston Ebony Opera to European tours with New York Harlem Theatre, Italy’s Studio Lirico, and most recently Far North Queensland Australia. With the 2014 release of her newest CD “Rock of Ages: Hymns for the Soul”, she is quickly gaining greater exposure as a solo artist across the US.
Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame honored Ms. Rocke Brown in 2012 for her acclaim as a singer and music educator. The Amistad Center for Art and Culture housed at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, honored Jolie with the 2014 Spirit of Juneteenth Award.
Her classical music training includes an undergraduate degree in music from the University of Hartford’s Hartt School, graduate work at Loyola College, and doctoral studies at the University of Connecticut. She is known for her soul-stirring renditions of hymns, spirituals, gospel and jazz that linger with audiences far beyond the vibrations of the last note. Common to her repertoire are Mozart’s Despina from Cosi fan tutte, and Zerlina from Don Giovanni, Puccini’s Musetta from La Boheme, Strauss’ Zerbinetta from Ariadne auf Naxos and Gershwin’s Clara from Porgy and Bess.
Hartford Courant writer and critic Owen McNally marveled, “Jolie Rocke Brown a gifted, versatile vocalist from Wethersfield who’s as much at home soaring on opera arias and celestial hymns as she is getting down with funky blues and earthy jazz, just might, at long last, have the whole world in her hands thanks to her new soulful album, “Rock of Ages: Hymns for the Soul.” Legendary poet, educator and activist, Dr. Maya Angelou noted, “Jolie Rocke Brown sings with such passion … and compassion!”
Jolie draws from her total life experience when she takes the stage or works with aspiring young artists. For over 20 years, she worked in Hartford’s public, charter and Montessori schools as an academic and music teacher. As an inspirational teacher at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and adjunct professor at Manchester Community College her students have recognized music careers as viable, satisfying and stable. Her passion for music and the desire to pass it on to her students, leads her to produce concerts, direct community arts programs and to provide further enrichment as a private voice teacher and coach. While her singing career soars, her dedication to training and providing performing opportunities for young artists is unwavering.
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