Dr. Joanne King
Harpist Dr. Joanne King has enjoyed a rich history of activity. Currently the Principal Harpist for the Muncie Symphony Orchestra under Douglas Droste, she has also worked with several other orchestras and conductors including Richard Sowers (Anderson Symphony), Jeffrey Grogan (Music For All, Honor Orchestra of America), and Scott Humphreys (Manchester Symphony Orchestra). She is also an active member of the Ball State Wind Ensemble, under Thomas Caneva, and performed with the group at the 2017 College Band Director’s National Association Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.
Joanne has enthusiastically explored the area of chamber repertory, with special interest in new music and unusual instrumental combinations. She has performed works such as the Sonate pour flute, alto, et harpe by Debussy, Crumb’s Quest for guitar, soprano-saxophone, harp, double bass, and percussion, Esquisse by Georges Barboteu for horn, flute, and harp, and Song of the Lark by Charles Rochester Young for flute and harp. She has performed at the 2016 Society of Composers International Conference, and regularly participates in the Ball State New Music Ensemble. In 2016, she was awarded first place in the Solo Competition Advanced II Division, and in the Salzedo Competition at Midwest Harp Festival.
Joanne earned her bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University, where she studied with Faye Seeman, and her master’s degree from Ball State University, where she studied with Elizabeth Richter. She will begin working towards her doctoral degree in the fall of 2017 at Ball State, where she will continue to serve as harp teaching assistant. Joanne has taught at Earlham College and maintains a private teaching studio.