Violinist JOAN GRIFFING is the concertmaster of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Orchestra and first violinist with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Griffing earned her BM and MM degrees in violin performance from Indiana University and her D.M.A. from The Ohio State University. She has performed and given master classes in Taiwan, Brazil, and Australia. She is a founding member and tours regularly with the chamber music group Musica Harmonia, formed to promote peace and cultural understanding through musical collaboration. The group recorded a CD of chamber music by Gwyneth Walker to be released in 2016. The CD will include two works composed specifically for Musica Harmonia. Griffing and cellist Beth Vanderborgh gave the North American premiere of Double Concerto for Violin and Cello by New Zealand composer Anthony Ritchie in June 2012.The duo were Artists-in-Residence at the Brush Creek Arts Foundation in Wyoming in May2012. Recent solo performances include violinist in Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending with The Dance Theater of Harlem in May 2014. Joan and Musica Harmonia colleagues recorded 20th music for piano and strings with pianist Naoko Takao for a CD to be released in 2016.Dr Griffing holds the position of professor of music at Eastern Mennonite University.
- Joan Griffing
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