Joan Wall

Professor Emerita


Phone: (940) 898-2500


MM in Vocal Performance, Texas Woman’s University,1969
BM in Vocal Performance, Louisiana State University,1957


Joan Wall, Professor Emerita, is the former coordinator of vocal studies at Texas Woman’s University. She was appointed Professor Emerita in 2008 following a teaching career of 44 years at TWU.

Professional Background

A mezzo-soprano, she sang operatically as principal performer at the Metropolitan Opera Company of New York, and the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and in Amsterdam, Boston, Philadelphia, Fort Worth and other US cities. Her roles included Carmen, Suzuki, Cenerentola, Rosina, Dorabella, Cherubino, Siebel, and Augusta in The Ballad of Baby Doe, Preziosilla in La Forza del Destino, Nicklaus in The Tales of Hoffmann, Fyodor in Boris Godonov, and others. Miss Wall appeared under the direction of Jean Morel, Dimitri Mitropoulous, Boris Goldvosky, Paul Hindemith, Rudolf Kruger, John Giordano, and others. She has concertized in the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe.



Excellence in Singing. Caldwell, Robert and Joan Wall. A five volume series for vocal pedagogy, (2001)

Volume I Beginning the Process
Volume II Mastering the Fundamentals
Volume III Advancing the Technique
Volume IV Becoming an Artist
Volume V Managing Vocal Health

Sing! Wall, Joan and Pamela Stout. A Text and Songs for Voice Class, (1999)

Diction for Singers. Wall, Joan and et al. A concise reference for English, Italian, Latin, French, German and Spanish pronunciation, (1990). Used as a diction text in over 100 universities.

The International Phonetic Alphabet for Singers. Wall, Joan. A manual for English and foreign language diction. (1989). Used as a diction text in over 100 universities.

Anyone Can Sing. Wall, Joan and R. Weatherspoon. A layman text for singing. Doubleday. NYC. Out of print. (1978)

Literary Note:
Joan Wall is one of the 20 prominent American vocal teachers featured in the book: A Spectrum of Voices: Prominent American Vocal Teachers Discuss the Teaching of Singing. Elizabeth Blades-Zeller. Scarecrow Press, Fall 2002. ISBN 08-10-844079.


Human Voice Articulation. Minifie, Fred, Joan Wall, Robert Caldwell, and Ken Wall. A DVD about vocal articulation. Caldwell Publishing, Redmond, WA. Spring 2003

The Human Voice. Caldwell, Robert, with narration by Joan Wall. A DVD of the acoustics of the voice to accompany Volume I in the Excellence in Singing pedagogy series. Fall 2002

The Singer’s Voice. Wall, Joan and Robert Caldwell. Five animated videos with computer graphics of the human singing voice. (1992-95)

Volume I Breath (1992)
Volume II Vocal Folds (1992)
Tape 1: Vocal Folds
Tape II: Fiberoptic View of the Vocal Folds
Volume III Vocal Tract (1993)
Volume IV Resonance (1995)


Dramatic Perspectives in The Singer’s Edition, Operatic Arias, Wall, Joan.
Volume II, Soubrette Soprano, Boldrey, Richard and et al. 1993.

IPA, a Kind of Code, Wall, Joan. The Music Teacher’s Journal of TMEA. 1990

IPA, a Kind of Code, Wall, Joan. The NFIMA Journal, a publication of the National Federation
Interscholastic Music Assocition. 1990

Consulting Editor

Consulting Editor for The Singer’s Edition – Operatic Arias, Volume I, Light Lyric Soprano
Boldrey, Richard and et al. (1992). ISBN 1-877761-02-8.

Study Materials

Wall, Joan, Harold Heiberg, and B. Rawson. Diction for Singers Sample Tests and Listening Lab (1991.)
Audio tapes, sample exams, and answer keys.
English (Exams only)

Publisher’s Address: Pacific Isle Publishing Company 

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