The American soprano, JoAnn Ottley, began singing in junior high school, which led to an offer of a music scholarship at the University of Utah. She was also trained on the Continent.
JoAnn Ottley's rich and renowned soprano voice has been heard on the stage of Royal Albert Hall in London, she has performed as soloist with the Tivoli Symphony Orchestra in Copenhagen, Denmark, and made multiple appearances with the Utah Symphony Orchestra in Salt Lake City and on tour. In 1982, she appeared at the Carmel Bach Festival. She has performed in the major concerts halls of Europe, South America, Japan, Korea, New Zealand and Australia. She decided to return home to the Mountain West to share her talent. Perhaps no singer in modern times has thrilled more Utah audiences than JoAnn Ottley. In 1982, she performed at the Carmel Bach Festival under Sandor Salgo.
JoaAn Ottley is married to Jerold Don Ottley, who was the music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir from 1974 to 1999. Together, they directed the Choir Training School at Temple Square, the preparation program for prospective members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. As soloist and vocal coach for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, she has accompanied her husband on tours around the world. The Ottleys have two grown children, Brent and Allison.
JoAnn Ottley received the Utah-California Women Heritage Award on Saturday, Oct. 24, 1992 at a fall luncheon at Little America Hotel. The award is presented annually to an outstanding woman who has demonstrated a significant contribution to the community, the arts, friends, family or church.