Joan began playing the violin at age 8 when her brother, John, 6 started cello lessons. Growing up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Joan played with the Milwaukee Youth Orchestra through high school and the Green Bay Symphony for 2 years. After moving to Maui, Joan saw an ad in the Maui News in 1978 asking for string players to play in a community orchestra. Joan started playing with Don Alton in 1978 and have been playing music on Maui ever since! Joan has played with Maui Symphony, Valley Isle Orchestra, and other groups on Maui. “I love the music community on Maui and have watched it grow over the years with pride”.
Joan is currently playing with the Maui Chamber Orchestra (past 2 years) (and loves it!) and with Maui Pops Orchestra. Joan is a board member of the Maui Pops Orchestra.