Joanne is a graduate of the University of Colorado – Boulder, College of Music. She holds a Bachelor’s of Music with high honors, with concentration in Voice Performance and Theater Arts. She has participated in numerous camps, workshops, and classes with master teachers from Zimbabwe, Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Senegal, Cuba, and Haiti studying song, drumming, and dance. In addition, Joanne attended the Blue Tribe School of Music and Dance in Albuquerque, NM from 2001-04. There she studied West African and Zimbabwean dance, drumming, and song. Ultimately she became the lead singer for the Blue Tribe, and a drummer for the dance classes and performances, while also working as a percussion accompanist for African and Modern dance classes at the University of New Mexico. Her performance experience is extensive. Joanne has crisscrossed the United States as a percussionist and a singer/songwriter playing venues ranging from 20 seat coffee shops to folk festivals attended by thousands. She was the lead accompanist for Kim Waterman as well as a drum teacher at The Berkshire Pulse from 2006 – 2015, and she’s thrilled to be back for this series of classes.