Dr. Jolly Jolly

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Dr. Jolly Jolly

            Jolly Jolly has been teaching and entertaining audiences for nearly three decades.  He began performing as a teenager in his hometown in Milledgeville, Georgia.  He went on to study singing and acting and has had an international career in opera and musical theatre.  In recent years he has focused his time and talents on directing and conducting as well as teaching.  Dr. Jolly has worked regularly as a clinician and guest artist throughout the USA, Europe, South America, Africa, Australia, and the Caribbean.

            Dr. Jolly has had the opportunity to study with fine teachers in the USA and Italy. In addition to his academic studies, he has worked as a guest teacher and led master classes at UCLA, Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theatre (LA), New York Film Academy (LA), The College of the Bahamas, Yale University, Harvard University, and Mercer University. 

            Dr. Jolly is best known for his dramatic interpretations of bel canto music of Rossini and Donizetti including Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville and Tonio in Daughter of the Regiment.  He is especially known for his latter role and the famous aria in this role with nine high C’s.  Dr. Jolly has also appeared in musical theatre productions, cabaret, and solo concerts in the United States and internationally.  He attributes his technique and performance styling to his opportunity to study with great teachers.  As a result, he has dedicated his career to teaching others and helping performing artists discover who they are as actors who sing.  In addition to his hectic performing and teaching schedules, he has also coached singers for the popular television show American Idol and directed and starred in productions of The Cotton Patch Gospel.  He can also be heard on recordings with Atlanta Singers, Spivey Hall Children’s ChoirWilliam Baker Festival SingersBel Canto ChoirAthens SymphonyFlorida State OperaTallahassee SymphonyOurSong AtlantaI Solisti di Lucca, and The College Choir of the College of the Bahamas.

            In recent years, while being based in Atlanta, Jolly performed regularly with OurSong Atlanta, an internationally renowned choral music ensemble.  He is also currently performing with Foothill Function based in Knoxville, TN.  Foothill Function is three singers and a pianist providing intimate dramatic performances of all genres of music from opera to sacred music.  Their current production, A Little off the Top: An Evening with the Barber, under the idrection of Dr. Christy Lee, has had rave reviews and excellent audience reception.  This production features music from The Barber of Seville, Sweeney Todd, and songs composed by Samuel Barber.

             Dr. Jolly is also the sponsor/co-sponsor for various clubs including Drama Club, Thespian Society, Travel Club, and Kode Red (step team).  His students perform regularly throughout the year in a variety of capacities and have traveled to several countries abroad.

             Dr. Jolly teaches children and adults of all ages, including the changing voice (cambiato), at all levels from beginner to advanced, helping singers understand their potential as actors.  Dr. Jolly is the executive director of Larcum that provides coaching for competitions, auditions, pageants, and other performance opportunities.  The Artists of Larcum provides virtual and face to face fine arts education, voice lessons, and performance opportunities for uniquely schooled students ages 10 and up.  Larcum also provides performing opportunities nationally and abroad.