Joyce Sylvester

Born: Whistler, AL

Opera Soprano Vocals Salzburg, Austria Chorus

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame


Soprano Joyce Sylvester is Instructor of Voice at USA and also maintains a successful private studio. Ms. Sylvester holds the Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance and the Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education, both from the University of South Alabama, as well as a Master's degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi, under the tutelage of Dr. Vivian P. Wood. She has studied abroad at the famed Hochschule für Musik, "Mozarteum," in Salzburg, Austria, where she was employed as a singer with the Landestheater-Salzburg. While at the Mozarteum, she studied with German bass-baritone Rudolf Knoll. She later moved to Vienna, where she studied privately with American soprano Anne Rothgeb-Peschek.

Ms. Sylvester is a frequent soloist with the Mobile Opera, where she most recently sang in their performance of Handel's Messiah and performed the role of Annina in their production of Verdi's La Traviata, for which they were called "their strongest cast ever." Other roles with Mobile Opera include Porgy and Bess, Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, and the title role in their touring production of Thea Musgrave's The Story of Harriet Tubman.

Ms. Sylvester has also performed as soloist with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra, the Wheeling Symphony, Mobile's Symphonic Pops, Musica Sacra, the Pensacola Choral Society, St. Paul's Choral Society, and St. Paul's Schola Cantorum.

Ms. Sylvester recently founded Bella Voce, Mobile's Premier Women's Chorus, which performs two classical music concerts per year. Their inaugural concert in September 2007, entitled "Pearls," was a complete success in a performance to a standing-room-only audience. One of many encouraging comments reads "Not only was the afternoon completely musically satisfying, but if one was really paying attention, they would notice that both participants and audience were representative of Mobile as a whole. Indeed, I've never seen that collection of individuals ever in one place in the 23 years I've been in Mobile.” Bella Voce performed with the Mobile Symphony in April 2009.


Sylvester also serves as an adjunct Instructor of Voice at the University of Mobile Center for Performing Arts.

Ms. Joyce Sylvester                       
LPAC 1123
Department of Music

Contact Info

University of South Alabama
Mobile, AL 36688
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Bachelor of Music in
Vocal Performance

University of South Alabama

Bachelor of Science inMusic Education

University of South Alabama

Master of Music in
Vocal Performance

University of Southern Mississippi

Course Syllabi
Applied Voice

Joyce Sylvester was the first recipient of the August Wilson Playwright’s Audelco Award in 2005 for her 5th play A Freeman’s Hope. The author of Mercedes, Grace In The Light, Faith On Line and Freeda Peoples, she received a 2004 Proclamation from the Brooklyn Borough President, Marty Markowitz for her acclaimed production of Freeda Peoples and is the recipient of a 2003 Audelco Award for Faith On Line for Best Playwright. Faith On Line and Freeda Peoples had the high honor of being selected for production at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston Salem, North Carolina in 2003 and 2005. She is also the recipient of the 2005 Restorations Founder Award for Excellence in the Arts.

Having studied with great legendary playwrights, Douglas Turner Ward, Steve Carter, Ed Bullins and Leslie Lee, Joyce writes plays for the theatre, the community as well as for her church, Christian Cultural Center. Joyce is no stranger to the Brooklyn and Queens Public Schools and is determined to give back to the community as a professional teaching artist utilizing drama and playwriting to motivate students through the arts. She is a member of the Dramatist Guild Of America, Inc, The League of Professional Women In Theatre, Actors Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild. She has just completed her 6th play Women In The ‘Pit’ which will soon be in production at a theatre near you.

As an actress, Joyce just completed an independent film in Omaha Nebraska entitled For Love Of Amy directed by Love Boat’s Ted Lange. An alumni of the prestigious Negro Ensemble Company, she was last seen in the New Federal Theatre’s production of The Stuttering Preacher and Queens Theatre In The Park’s production of West Indian classic Two Can Play in the lead role of Gloria. She co-starred in the musical Where Is God with Tony Award winner Ben Harney at Christian Cultural Center, regionally performed in Samm-Art Williams play (Exec. Prod. of Fresh Prince of Bel Aire and Martin), The Dance On Widows Row at the National Black Theatre Festival and at the Jomandi Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia as the hilarious Annie Talbot, and in many other productions. On Television she appeared on Ellen, and The Right To Remain Silent as Officer Collins, starring Patrick Dempsey, Robert Loggia and Christopher Lloyd and numerous independent films.

Joyce has also been the recipient of the NAACP Theatre Award/CA, Audelco Award/NY and Dramalogue Critics Award/CA for her performances. She is the recipient of the 2004 Audelco Award for Best Director in a Dramatic Production, Freeda Peoples. In addition to directing her own work she has directed such plays as For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf, All Praises Due To Allah Only The Mistakes Have Been Mine, A Long Time Since Yesterday, numerous Christian plays, children’s theatre, productions at her own church as well as made her services available to other churches in the community.








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