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In the 2015-2016 season, Ms. Jolicoeur appeared in the role of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with the Downtown Symphony, and in Mira Spektor's two-person cabaret opera Give Me Time at the National Opera Center. She was also heard in concert at the Liederkranz Society with the Musicians Club of New York and in recital in Montauk with the Aviva Players.
The 2014-2015 season included concert appearances as the soprano soloist with the Putnam Chorale for Haydn's Theresienmesse and the Schubert Mass in G, as the soprano soloist in Handel's Messiah with the Downtown Symphony, and in a concert of 7 Mini-Operas by 6 Composers presented by New York Women Composers, also at the National Opera Center.
In 2013 she appeared with the Center for Contemporary Opera as Blanche Ingram in Jane Eyre, and opera-in-progress by Louis Karchin, and in the title role of Tess in excerpts from Matthew Harris' opera based on the classic Tess of the D'Urbervilles with Golden Fleece/The Composers' Chamber Theatre. Other highlights of the 2012/2013 season included appearing with Golden Fleece in their annual concert Song New York, performing the works of Charles Coleman, Robert Hess, Lou Rodgers, Mira Spektor, and David Wolfson, and singing Bach and Griffes in The Music of Friends, a chamber music concert for the Mark Twain Library.
The 2011/2012 season began with Ms. Jolicoeur presented in recital by the Klavierhaus Concert Hall in her program Turn, Turn, Turn: The cycles of life in song, from the Belle Epoque to the Present. She sang again on Song New York that spring. In the summer of 2012, she appeared on the NYC International Fringe Festival as the Empress in Fahad Siadat's Saharava: A Ritualized Dance Opera as well as performing the role of Miss Peña in the the première of Ana Isabel Garcia's Bomba and the Coqui, again with Golden Fleece.
The 2010/2011 season also began with the presentation of Turn, Turn, Turn... by the Freeport Memorial Library on their Classical Concerts Series. In November and December 2010 she appeared in concert with Golden Fleece/Composers Chamber Theatre, first on their Square One Series featuring new works in process and then on their Song New York concert at the Greenwich House Music School.
In spring 2011, Ms. Jolicoeur returned to the Center for Contemporary Opera, first in February for their gala benefit at the National Arts Club and then in April as Maria in Daniel Asia and Paul Pine's The Tin Angel at The Cell Theatre. That summer, she premiered the role of Eleanor in Lou Rodgers' new musical Aquitaine Dialogues, again with Golden Fleece/Composers Chamber Theatre, as well as the role of Xansah in a reading of Geoffrey Kidde's new opera The Machine Stops.
The 2009-2010 season began with Ms. Jolicoeur premiering a vocal dance piece, Vocalise by David Wolfson, on Movement Research's Open Performance program at Dance Theater Workshop. She then appeared with the Center for Contemporary Opera as Winnie in the premiere reading of Michael Dellaira and J.D. McClatchy's The Secret Agent, and returned to CCO as Hester Prynne in a libretto reading of Carol Gilligan's Pearl: An Opera Inspired by The Scarlet Letter.
She reprised Winnie's Lullaby for the Center for Contemporary Opera's gala, and closed out the season with yet another premiere, the role of Lizzie in Thomas Carlo Bo's Shadows of the City with Golden Fleece in June.
Summer 2009 found Ms. Jolicoeur in London co-teaching a workshop in Integrative Performance Practice for the Experience Vocal Dance Company in July, and assisting the founder in a presentation on the method at the Association for Theater in Higher Education's "Risking Innovation" Conference in New York in August.