Violinist Joan Griffing is a member of the Virginia Symphony, violin faculty with Eastern Music Festival, and a professor of music at Eastern Mennonite University. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in violin performance from Indiana University and her DMA from The Ohio State University. In the spring of 1999, she premiered a violin concerto written for her by Terry Vosbein, composer-in-residence at Washington and Lee University. She has performed as concertmaster with the AIMS Festival Orchestra in Austria and Italy, as well as with the Coronado, Grand Teton, Norfolk, and Spoleto festivals.
Her recent international appearances include a three week tour of Taiwan with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra; a series of guest recitals and master classes in the state of São Paulo, Brazil; a presentation at the International Viola Congress in Adelaide, Australia; a series of chamber music recitals and master classes in the northeastern part of Brazil; and a five-month collaboration with artists at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, studying the role of music in peace and conflict issues.
Griffing is a founding member of, 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, “When the Spirit Sings”, in 2014. Ms Walker composed two of the works specifically for Musica Harmonia. In 2012, Dr Griffing and cellist Beth Vanderborgh gave the North American premiere of Double Concerto for Violin and Cello by New Zealand composer Anthony Ritchie as artists in residence at the Brush Creek Arts Foundation in Wyoming. In May 2014, she was solo violinist in Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending with The Dance Theater of Harlem.