Eastern Mennonite University

Violinist Joan Griffing is the concertmaster of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Orchestra, first violinist with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and first violinist and faculty member at the Eastern Music Festival. Griffing earned her bachelor’s and master’s of music degrees in violin performance from Indiana University and her DMA from The Ohio State University. In the past 15 years she has performed and given master classes in Taiwan, Brazil, New Zealand, 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, When the Spirit Sings, 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 served as artists in residence at the Brush Creek Arts Foundation in Wyoming in May 2012. In the fall of 2012, Griffing spent five months in New Zealand, collaborating with artists at the University of Otago in Dunedin and studying the role of music in peace and conflict issues. 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 recently recorded works for piano and strings by Vincent Persichetti for a CD to be released in 2017. Griffing holds the position of professor of music at Eastern Mennonite University.