Miss Joyce Brien graduated from Aberdeen High School in 2003, from Idaho State University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Music Education and again in 2016 with a Masters of Education in Music Education. She studied voice in Dr. Diana Livingston-Friedley’s vocal studio as a Soprano. She has sung under the direction of Professor Kathleen Lane in the ISU Women’s Choir and Dr. Scott Anderson in the ISU Concert Choir and Chamber Choir. Miss Brien has also played trombone in both the Idaho State Bands with Dr. Patrick Brooks and ISU Civic Symphony with Dr. Thom Ritter George and Dr. Chung Park directing. As an active member of both ACDA and NAfME, Miss Brien serves as Idaho ACDA Treasurer and Choir Representative for Gem State District.
Miss Brien’s performing experience includes the role of Betty Haynes in “White Christmas”, Queen of the Night in “A Mini Magic Flute”, Aunt Eller in “Oklahoma”, and Madame Ernestine von Liebedich in “Little Mary Sunshine”. She has understudied for the role of Anna in the ISU summer production of “The King and I” and has performed numerous jazz solos with ISU and CHS Jazz Bands. Recently, she sang “Caro Mio Ben” and “Embraceable You” with the Pocatello Municipal Band. Her directing experience includes music director for the Aberdeen Arts Council production of “Bye Bye Birdie” in 2009, the Idaho Reperatory Theater production of “Mulan” in 2011, and the CHS musicals since 2010, including “Meet Me in St. Louis”, “Back to the 80’s”, “She Loves Me”, “Little Women”, “Shrek: The Musical”, “Frightful Follies”, “Oklahoma!”, and “The Scarlet Pimpernel” in 2016. She is looking forward to directing the music in the upcoming musical “Curtains”.
In the last two years, Miss Brien has served as guest clinician or adjudicator for District V Solo & Ensemble Festival, Middle School Honor Choir and High School Honor Choir. She has taught private voice lessons since 2006 and has had several students perform at the state level solo festival. She has taught choir at CHS since 2009, musical theater class since 2012 and continues to enjoy working with voice students in choral rehearsals, musical productions, and any other vocal arenas. The newest addition to her curriculum is “Music Appreciation”, a dual credit course through Idaho State University. Miss Brien continues to strive to learn and grow as a musician and director herself in order to inspire her students to pursue their passion in life, using music and singing as a vehicle for self-discovery, connections with others, and development of musical knowledge and skills.