Sister Joan Whittemore Publishes Book

Joan Whittemore Maestra Cover

S. Joan Whittemore

Author Joan Whittemore, CSJ proudly presents her newly published book Maestra: The Legacy of Fiora Corradetti Contino, the story of a woman who came out of an illustrious operatic family to achieve musical and theatrical wonders on the stages of Central U.S.A.

S. Joan provides a window into Fiora’s life and her renowned career as a professional operatic and symphonic conductor and university professor who has influenced legions of students, professional singers and conductors. Readers will meet a remarkable artist who has dedicated her life to the pursuit of beauty and truth through music.

“Fiora’s story is one of warmth, humor, wisdom and music that although it may exist only for an instant in performance, has a profound and lasting impact on the listener and performer,” says S. Joan.

For those interested in history, opera, conducting, knowing not what the score is but what is revealed in the score, as well as the history of a great woman, artist, teacher and mentor, readers will find what they seek in the pages of Maestra–the Legacy of Fiora Corradetti Contino

For more information about Fiora and to listen various works conducted by her, visit The book is available for purchase on

On the Air
On July 8, S. Joan spoke about her book and Fiora live with Kathy Lawton Brown on the Radio Arts Foundation – St. Louis (107.3 FM/96.3 – HD2/ Click here to listen to the interview.

About S. Joan
S. Joan is a Venetian scholar, noted composer, editor, and guest conductor, has served as clinician for the College Music Society, the American Guild of Organists, and the American Choral Directors Association, and was the founding director of the Carondelet Women’s Chorus and the Carondelet Children’s Chorus.

She holds both the master’s and doctoral degrees in conducting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Bachelor of Music in music education from Fontbonne College, and served on the National Committee for Research and Publications for American Choral Directors Association for 15 years. A 1986 winner of the prestigious Gladys Krieble-Delmas Award for Venetian Studies, and 1997 and 2001 Melodious Accord Fellow awarded by Alice Parker, her editions of eighteenth century choral music and her own compositions are performed widely throughout the United States.

She is a contributing author of nine biographies in Wisdom, Wit, and Will: Women’s Conductors on Their Art, Chicago: GIA, 2009. Her scholarly publications include Music of the Venetian Ospedali Composers, a thematic catalogue, and co-editor with Jane L. Baldauf-Berdes of A Guide to Ospedali Research published by Pendragon Press (2012). Alliance Music Inc. and Boosey and Hawkes publish her original compositions and editions of the sacred music of Antonio Vivaldi, Nicola Porpora and Baldassare Galuppi. S. Joan also published her first ebook, So you Want To learn To Sing! (2013) for Amazon Kindle.

She currently teaches music theory at St. Louis University and voice at St. Louis Community College, Meramec and is listed in Who’s Who of American Women. 

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