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Joe Fitzgerald

Joe Fitzgerald

Joe Fitzgerald,
Adjunct Instructor of Vocal Coaching
Music
Vocal Coaches
School of Music

Biography

Joe Fitzgerald is a native of Topeka, Kansas who has lived in Oklahoma City since 2015. He received his education at Washburn University in Topeka, KS (BA Music - Organ) and OCU (MM - Vocal Coaching) where he assisted in many opera and musical theatre productions. During his time as an OCU student, he assisted on all three award-winning shows during the record-breaking 2016-2017 season (Jackie O - Assistant Music Director, Don Pasquale – Chorus Master, and Evita - Orchestra.) His past teachers and mentors include Maestro Jan McDaniel, renowned handbell director and organist Jane Anderson, organists Dr. Elisa Williams Bickers & Norma Pettijohn, choir director Steve Eubank, and pianists Dr. Shiao-Li Ding, Dr. Linda Chen, & Jim Rivers.

With more than 30 show credits to his name as diverse as Spamalot and Gianni Schicchi, he is an accomplished répétiteur, vocal coach, chorus master, and music director. He has been Assistant Music Director for Painted Sky Opera in Oklahoma City from its inaugural season in 2016 through the present time, serving as chorus master and répétiteur for such productions that include Tosca, La Traviata, and most recently Jake Heggie's Three Decembers. His operatic music directing debut was a concert production of Ponchielli's La Gioconda in 2015.

Equally at home as a church organist and vocal coach, Mr. Fitzgerald's musical career spans back to childhood when he first started playing for church services. His first organist appointment was at the age of 17 at the North Topeka Baptist Church. He served several churches in Northeast Kansas as organist and/or choir director, including First United Methodist Church of Topeka, First Christian Church of Topeka, and Assumption Catholic Church. He is currently organist at Hillcrest Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City.

He has served as accompanist for a variety of academic and professional ensembles, including several years at Topeka High School as choral accompanist and as a music director for Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy. As pianist at Topeka High School, his audiences included two governors of Kansas, cabinet secretaries, and former First Lady Michelle Obama. For two summer seasons, he was a piano fellow at the Bay View Music Festival, and in 2018 served on the faculty of the Taos Opera Institute. Fitzgerald has also worked on productions at Helen Hocker Theatre, the Metropolitan Ballet of Topeka, the Pollard Theatre, and Poteet Theater and Academy. He has taught piano lessons and accompanied singers and instrumentalists for more than 15 years. Mr. Fitzgerald is currently a vocal coach, diction professor, and accompanist coordinator at the Bass School of Music.

Contact Information

B302
Bass Center
Oklahoma City, OK 73106