Joan Griffing, violinist and concertmaster, is currently professor of music and chair of the music department at Eastern Mennonite University, where she teaches violin and viola, coaches chamber music and conducts the EMU orchestra.
In addition to being concertmaster of the Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra, she is also a member of the Virginia Symphony, and violinist with the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina. 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 earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Indiana University, where she studied with Tadeusz Wronski, and her Doctor of Musical Arts in violin performance from The Ohio State University.
Dr. Griffing 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 in this country. Recent international appearances include a tour of Taiwan in 2004 with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra, a series of recitals and master classes in May of 2006 in the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil, a lecture recital in Adelaide, Australia at the International Viola Congress in June of 2007, and a set of recitals and master classes in the northeastern part of Brazil in August of 2007.
This year Joan co-founded Musica Harmonia, a chamber music group whose mission is to promote peace and cultural understanding through musical collaboration.