- B.A., Vocal Performance, Ottawa University
A versatile artist, Janeanne Houston has sung the major oratorios from Bach to Verdi, and many symphonic, contemporary works, world premieres, and operas. She has been a soloist with Seattle Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Northwest Chamber Orchestra, Tacoma Symphony, Spokane Symphony, Northwest Sinfonietta, and Eugene Symphony with whom she performed the Mater Gloriosa in the Oregon premiere of Mahler’s 8th Symphony. Other favorite roles in the symphonic repertoire include Verdi’s Requiem, Poulenc’s Gloria, Brahms’ Requiem, and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor.
Her recent opera roles have been Madame Lidoine in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Lia in Debussy’s L’Enfant Prodigue, Elisabetta in Don Carlo, Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Konstanze in Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio.
Her recordings are available on Naxos, Albany, and the Elmgrove labels. She has been a member of the adjunct voice faculty at Pacific Lutheran University since 1989 and has been master class clinician for the Summer Opera Workshop since its beginning. She has assisted with other projects at PLU such as scholarship auditions, recruitment efforts, and search committee service. She served for the second time as a judge for the Frances Walton Competition in Seattle, where she also lives and maintains a private voice studio in her home.