Dr. Joni Y. Prado, joni.prado@vanguard.edu, ext. 6417. Associate Professor of Music. D.M.A., University of Southern California. M.M., California State University, Fullerton.

Dr. Joni Y. Prado holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Arts from the University of Southern California with fields of concentration in choral music, music education and jazz studies; a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from California State University, Fullerton; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in music and psychology from California Baptist University.

Dr. Prado is the conductor of Luminaria, the 50-voice University Women’s Chorus which travels throughout Southern California and the Western states, ministering in churches and schools, singing a variety of repertoire. Additional teaching areas include Basic Musicianship, Music for Elementary Schools, Foreign Language Diction, Private Voice and Opera Scenes. Also in demand as an adjudicator, Dr. Prado has served at the district and national levels of the AG Fine Arts Festival, ACSI festivals and various public school district festivals.

Dr. Prado performs throughout the Southern California area in concert, recital and oratorio. She has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, and the Hollywood Bowl orchestra under the direction of John Mauceri. November 2006 marked Dr. Prado’s debut performance with the USC opera, singing the role of Duchess in Powder Her Face under the direction of composer Thomas Adès. In 2009, Dr. Prado had the honor of singing alongside operatic baritone, Rodney Gilfrey and Maestro Carl St. Clair in a concert performance of the Finale to Act I of Mozart’s Cosí fan tutte. Shortly after, Dr. Prado made her debut at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, singing the soprano solo in the Schubert Mass in G.

In addition to performing, Dr. Prado has also had success in vocal competitions including first place in the Los Angeles International Franz Liszt competition, 2009 for which she traveled to New York to perform in recital at the Hungarian Consulate; first place in Opera 100; second place in the Orange County District of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions; first place in the Redlands Bowl Young Artist Competition; and Encouragement Award winner in the Palm Springs Opera Guild Competition.