Joan Griffing is concertmaster of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Orchestra and first violinist with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. She has performed and given master classes in Taiwan, Brazil, New Zealand and Australia. She is a founding member and tours with the chamber music group Musica Harmonia which released a CD of chamber music by Gwyneth Walker, When the Spirit Sings, in January 2017. The CD includes two works composed specifically for Musica Harmonia.
In 2012, Griffing studied the role of music in peace and conflict issues at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand as part of her sabbatical. Recent performances include solo violinist in The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams with The Dance Theater of Harlem, solo violinist in Sinfonia Concertante by Stamitz with the University of Wyoming Chamber Orchestra, trio performances in Puerto Rico at the Music of the Americas Conference, and a duo at the Festival of Women in Music in Mississippi in March 2018. Griffing and Musica Harmonia recorded works for piano and strings by Vincent Persichetti for a CD to be released in 2018. Griffing earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in violin performance from Indiana University and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Ohio State University. She is Professor of Music and Chair of the Division of Fine Arts at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas.