Joan Dornemann & Barbara Hill Moore to Be Honored at National Opera Association’s Annual Conference

By David Salazar

Joan Dornemann and Barbara Hill Moore are set to be honored at the National Opera Association’s 67th Annual Conference.

Dornemann, who will receive the NOA Lifetime Achievement Award, is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the International Vocal Artists Institute (IVAI) and has also served as Assistant Conductor with the Metropolitan Opera where she has worked with such renowned artists as Luciano Pavarotti, Montserrat Caballé, José Carreras, Sherrill Milnes, Kiri Te Kanawa, Renée Fleming, Deborah Voigt, Neil Shicoff, Juan Diego Flórez, and Anna Netrebko, among others. She received an Emmy Award for her contribution to the “Live from the Met” broadcast of “La Bohème” starring Pavarotti and Renata Scotto.

Her career has also seen her collaborate with the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona as well as the Opéra National de Paris and Kirov Opera. She is also the author of “Complete Preparation: A Guide to Auditioning for the Opera.”

Taking home the “Lift Every Voice” Legacy Award, Moore is the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Meadows Foundation Distinguished Professor of Voice at SMU Meadows School of the Arts. She has also performed with orchestras around the world and was a particular fixture in Germany where she sang opera, concerts, and recitals with such organizations as the Zelt Music Festival and the Holstein Musik Festival, among others. She also appeared with Florentine Opera, Houston Ebony Opera, and Pittsburgh Opera, among others.

As a professor, she has worked in the U.S., Europe, and South Africa. In South Africa, she has collaborated with the University of South Africa in Johannesburg, Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria, the University of Cape Town, the University of Western Cape near Cape Town, University of the North-west in Potchefstroom, Nelson Mandela University (previously known as the University of Port Elizabeth), the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, Stellenbosch University (near Cape Town) and the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa.

The conference kicked off on Jan. 5, 2022 and runs through Jan. 8 when Dornemann will be honored at a closing night banquet.