Soprano Joanna Malaszczyk was born and raised in Garden City, New York. She graduated "cum laude" from Bucknell University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Minor in Italian Studies. Ms. Malaszczyk has performed a variety of opera roles including Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), Marzelline (Fidelio), Despina (Cosi fan tutte), Iolanthe (Iolanthe), Martha Jefferson (The Ghosts of Monticello), Pamina (The Magic Flute), and Hansel (Hansel and Gretel) with local NYC opera companies, at summer festivals, and at her academic institutions. While pursuing a Masters in Vocal Performance at Hunter College, she performed the roles of Luci Baines Johnson (Lady Bird) and The "I.T." (Fireworks) for the NYC premieres of both works in the spring of 2017. She was named the "Vincenza Ancona Vocalist" at Hunter College in 2017, receiving significant funding to continue her graduate studies, and is a 2018 Winner of Hunter College's Concerto Competition. In the spring of 2018, she performed the role of Winifred for the world premiere of The Bone Keepers with Hunter Opera Theater in collaboration with American Opera Projects. In addition to her opera roles at Hunter, she has performed as a soloist with the Hunter Symphony and the Hunter College Choir, participated in chamber music projects, and performed in masterclasses with Ruth Anne Swenson and Lauren Flanigan. She was selected to sing the National Anthem for Hunter College's 217th Commencement in Radio City Music Hall, and graduated "summa cum laude" with a Masters degree in Vocal Performance. She returned to her alma mater Bucknell University in 2019 as a professional guest artist to perform in the world premiere of "Friday After Friday," which powerfully tells true stories of women in Syria following the Arab Spring. Ms. Malaszczyk has pursued additional performance studies at the Baroque Opera Workshop at Queens College, the Atlantic Music Festival, the Druid City Opera Workshop, and the Wesley Balk Opera-Music Theater Institute. She is a full-time Music Teacher at Success Academy in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, maintains an extensive voice and piano studio in NYC and Long Island, and serves as Music Director for Hofstra University and Adelphi University's Catholic Campus Ministries in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, NY. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, Tom.