As a member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra since 1972, Joanna Jenner has toured four continents and recorded more than 70 discs. She was the founder and artistic director of the Riverrun Chamber Players, in residence at the Vermont Festival of the Arts for five years.
She has also participated in chamber music festivals in Bennington and Stowe, Vermont; Crested Butte, Colorado; the Grand Tetons, Wyoming; Rockport and Marblehead, Massachusetts; Hamden-Sydney, Virginia; Lockenhaus, Austria; and Prussia Cove, England. Performing on both violin and viola, as a member of the Empire Trio for several years, she presented concerts and lectures throughout the U.S. and recorded for Crystal Records. Formerly with the International Trio, in residence at the University of Northern Iowa, she performed in the Midwest and on NPR.
Interested in expanding the scope of the violin in concert, she has commissioned “performance art” works from Jon Deak, Larry Bell, and Elizabeth Brown and premiered them for audiences from New York to Alaska. She appears in solo works by Allen Shawn on two Opus One recordings.
She is currently on the faculty of Mannes College, Preparatory Division, teaching violin and chamber music. She has taught at Bennington College, the University of Northern Iowa, the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music and has served as artist-in-residence at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa.
As a native of Seattle, she attended the University of Washington as an honors student of Emanuel Zetlin, received her Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Ivan Galamian and Oscar Shumsky, and received her master in music degree from the Mannes College of Music as a student of Felix Galimir.