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Jocelyn Colao, Audience Development Coordinator

Jocelyn Colao is the Audience Development Coordinator at Citadel Theatre. Jocelyn is a professional singer as well as an arts administrator. A graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, Jocelyn earned a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance as a student of Sharon Sweet. While at Westminster, she sang roles such as Soeur Antoine in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites, and in scenes from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. In 2008, Ms. Colao was selected to attend the Crittenden Opera Studio, where she performed in scenes from Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, Delibes’ Lakmé, and Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. Ms. Colao’s solo professional debut was in the Spoleto Music Festival’s production of Charpentier’s Louise. At Westminster, Ms. Colao appeared as a soloist with the Westminster Chapel Choir, Schola Cantorum, Williamson Voices, and the world-renowned Westminster Choir. Ms. Colao continued her love of choral singing after graduation and has sung with professional ensembles such as Anam Cara, Princeton Pro Musica, Juneau Vocal Alliance, Kinnara Ensemble, and Brevitas. Ms. Colao has also been seen as the alto soloist with Princeton Pro Musica in Schnittke’s Requiem, the Colby College Chorale in Mozart’s Mass in C, Princeton Society of Musical Amateurs in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, The Continuo Arts Foundation in Schubert’s Magnificat, and the Kinnara Ensemble in Vaughn Williams’ Serenade to Music. Ms. Colao’s album credits include Innisfree: Choral Music of Hope, Dreams, and Living with Anam Cara, Visions Eternal with the Juneau Vocal Alliance, Flower of Beauty with Westminster Choir, Prevenance with the Kinnara Ensemble, and The West Wind with Brevitas. Ms. Colao has also sung internationally as a member of the choruses for The Festivale Pro Musica e Arte Sacra, the International Festivale per Giovanni Musicisti, and the Concerto Capella Sistina & Idyllic Ireland tour, where she was a member of the first American Choir to give a performance in the Sistine Chapel. 

Jocelyn has extensive experience in non-profit work and arts administration. Jocelyn started her career as Executive Assistant of the Continuo Arts Foundation, an intergenerational and international non-profit choral program based in New Jersey. Along with helping to develop this fairly new organization (founded in 2007) through promotional work and marketing, Jocelyn was co-creator and artists’ liaison for the Minuetto Music Festival, and helped execute the first performance of an American Choir in the Sistine Chapel. Jocelyn continued her administrative and non-profit experience working as Parish Administrator for All Saints’ Church in Princeton, NJ. There she instituted and executed weekly newsletters, redesigned the parish website, oversaw the Annual Fund Campaign, and other administrative duties.

Shortly after graduating from Westminster, Jocelyn started her teaching experience, and, before moving to Chicago, maintained an active music studio of more than 40 students of both voice and piano. Over the course of Jocelyn’s 9+ years of teaching, she has orchestrated numerous recitals and performances, as well as recording sessions for her students. Jocelyn is currently taking on new students for her Highland Park studio.

www.jocelyncolao.com