Eastman School of Music, Performer's Certificate
Eastman School of Music, MM
State University of New York at Geneseo, BA
Joan Harkenrider Floriano is a frequent performer on the musical stage. Joan has appeared most recently in Beauty and the Beast as Madame de la Grande Bouche with Rochester Children’s Theatre. Also with this company she portrayed the role of Mother Hawkins in the premiere of Treasure Island-The Musical (directed by Brett Smock) and as a Bird Girl in Seussical. Favorite roles include Parthy in Mercury Opera Rochester’s production of Show Boat and Lucy in Rochester Opera Factory’s production of Menotti’s The Telephone, Sister Mary Amnesia in Nunsense, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Silberklang in Mozart’s Impresario, Laura in the the Hudson-Kaplan musical, Main-Travelled Roads (premiered while a fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival) and Julie Jordan in Carousel. She performed the role of Galatea in Handel’s Acis and Galatea and performed leading roles in revue productions of Perfectly Frank and Cole (“...touchingly effective...,” wrote critic Edward Charbonneau about the latter) while a Master’s student at Eastman School of Music. Touring shows include Jeannie in The Stephen Foster Story tour of Japan, Mert in Peppermint Bear with Little People Productions of New York.
Ms. Harkenrider Floriano has recently collaborated with husband and conductor Gerard Floriano in presenting educational orchestral concerts for young audiences with original scripts performing the role of Millie Poof in “Music from Around the World and Hogwarts” and “Music and Magic in Space”—both premiered at the Brevard Music Festival. Oratorio credits include soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Magnificat, and Cantatas, Faure’s Requiem, Schubert’s Mass in G (recorded under MARK Label), among others.
Ms. Harkenrider Floriano received her Master’s degree in Voice from the Eastman School of Music, where she earned the prestigious Performer’s Certificate in Voice and Opera. She has taught voice at Hochstein Music School, given numerous master classes at area high schools and frequently serves as adjudicator for young artist competitions. She currently teaches Voice and Foreign Language Diction at Nazareth College and SUNY Geneseo. She resides in Rochester with her husband and their three children.