- Popular professor of Voice in the School of Fine Arts
- Integral member of the New York City Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, with an impressive resume of over 100 roles
- Critically acclaimed by publications such as Opera News, The New York Times, Newsday, and The Associated Press
- Performer across the world
Dr. Toni Marie-Montgomery, Dean of the School of Fine Arts, describes Joyce Castle as, “(w)ithout a doubt in the top one percent of artist teachers in the School of Fine Arts.” She goes on to note that she “contributes tirelessly to the University and Lawrence community.” In addition to being a renowned musician, Joyce Castle is a teacher, role model, and inspirational alumna of The University of Kansas.
Ms. Castle earned her BFA in vocal performance as a mezzo-soprano at The University of Kansas and went on to earn her Master’s degree at the Eastman School of Music. From there, she went on to become one of the most talented performers in the nation and abroad. She has been an integral member of the New York City Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, with an impressive resume of over 100 roles. She has also gone on to share her “richly nuanced voice, profound dramatic skills and a superb sense of musicianship,” as stated by one of her references. She has performed around the world, including Europe, Japan, Brazil and Israel and has been critically acclaimed by publications such as the Opera News, The New York Times, Newsday, and The Associated Press. After many years touring the country, Ms. Castle chose to return to her alma mater, The University of Kansas, to begin her career as a professor. Since joining the faculty as a Professor of Voice in September 2001, she has inspired and mentored countless students. Dr. Alice-Ann Darrow, Professor of Music and Dance, says, “Ms. Castle’s students are always amazed at the time she spends with them, the care she gives their musical development, and her graciousness and generosity…considering her stature in the field.” Dr. Alicia Ann Clair, Professor and Director of Music Therapy, states, “She is a dedicated mentor, and is accessible to students across majors who have sought out her expertise.” Dr. Clair goes on to cite an example in which Ms. Castle provided support and assistance to graduate students in music therapy conducting research. Even though the research is not related to Ms. Castle’s own professional activities, she has volunteered her time and maintains contact with the students. Ms. Castle has also been noted for her contributions to faculty and her department, and finds time to contribute to the university by serving on committees, including the Search Committee for the new Dean of the School of Fine Arts.
Ms. Joyce Castle is truly an inspiration to The University of Kansas. Her drive and dedication is evident in her work on-stage and off.