A conductor and educator, JoAnna Cochenet is known for her collaboration and flexibility with ensembles of all ages, abilities, and repertoire from youth to professional levels. Her passionate and commanding yet graceful leadership and teaching from the podium are often recognized by the orchestras and the communities she serves.
Cochenet has been engaged as Guest Conductor and Clinician for several All-County and All-City Orchestra Festivals and other school orchestra concerts and community orchestras in New York, Nebraska, Maryland, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Cochenet has also conducted in Minnesota, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. Formerly in upstate New York as the Conductor of the Northeast String Orchestra and a church Music Director, she can now be found directing and teaching throughout the Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia region. Previously, she served as a Conductor and Cover and Guest Conductor with the Omaha Area Youth Orchestras in Nebraska, and as an Artist Faculty at the Omaha Conservatory of Music as a conductor and lead instructor on staff for string ensembles and other music classes. She held a full private studio for viola and violin.
Ms. Cochenet has recently been selected as the only female Full Participant in the Smoky Mountain International Conducting Institute and Competition (NC) in May of 2017, working under Dwight Oltman. Other workshop participation includes the Omaha Symphony’s “Educator as Maestro” (NE), Bard Conducting Institute (NY), Baltimore Chamber Orchestra (MD), Conducting Gestures Workshop (PA), Beyond the Baton Seminar (CT). Conducting teachers, workshop instructors, and mentors include Thomas Wilkins, Harold Farberman, Markand Thakar, Diane Wittry, Eduardo Navega, Raymond Harvey, Leon Botstein, Aviva Segall, David Barg, Margery Deutsch, Dr. William Carson, Dr. Marc Falk, and Richard Hoffman.
An avid violist, Cochenet has performed with groups such as the Washington Chamber Orchestra, Omaha Symphony, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, Red Cedar Chamber Ensemble, Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, Bard Conductors Institute Orchestra, the Rangbrook Ensemble, and several professional touring groups. She has performed for and/or attended master classes of several prominent violist and violinists. Her formal viola studies were with Lewis Rosove and Dr. Michael Kimber, and chamber music with Carey Bostian. Her orchestral and choral performing experiences have taken her on tours in the U.S. and to Canada and Costa Rica.
Cochenet holds a M.M. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she was a Graduate Assistant Conductor, and a B.M. and a Performer's Certificate in Viola graduating cum laude from Coe College. At Coe, she was appointed Assistant Conductor for the musical The Threepenny Opera. She was an Assistant Conductor and a lead intern at the Upper Midwest String and Chamber Music Conferences held at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, MN.
Cochenet continues to teach, perform, write and publish articles in the field of music, and give lectures, clinics, demonstrations, and master classes. She is a member of the League of American Orchestras, International Alliance for Women in Music, and American String Teachers Association. She now lives in Silver Spring, MD with her husband, also a conductor and educator. Ms. Cochenet was appointed as the String Orchestra Director for the Washington Waldorf School in Bethesda, MD beginning in the Fall 2017. She also serves as a string instructor independently and at Levine Music; is a Music Adjunct Teacher at Northwestern High School Jim Henson School of the Arts in Hyattsville, MD; and continues her work as conductor and educator.
Ms. Cochenet is available for guest artist opportunities. View complete curriculum vitae or conducting resume on the Portfolio page and send your request through the Contact page.