Biography

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A conductor and educator, JoAnna Cochenet is known for her collaboration and flexibility with ensembles and soloists for youth, professional, and amateur levels. Her passionate, commanding, and skillful leadership and teaching from the podium are often recognized by the orchestras and the communities she serves.

Cochenet has been appointed a Conductor for the top-level Youth Symphony in the Youth Orchestras of Prince William in Woodbridge, VA beginning in the 2019-2020 season. She also created and directs an adult-student string ensemble at Levine Music in North Bethesda, Maryland. She has been engaged as Guest Conductor and Clinician for several All-County and All-City Orchestra Festivals, school orchestra concerts, and community orchestras in addition to conducting with professional orchestras in New York, Nebraska, Maryland, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Cochenet has also conducted in Minnesota, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Ukraine. 

She was formerly in upstate New York in the Hudson Valley as the Conductor of the Northeast String Orchestra and a church Music Director, and previously 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, in addition to leading a full private studio.

Ms. Cochenet was a conducting participant in the Conducting Workshop and Concerts CWC 2018 in Kiev, working with Christopher Lyndon-Gee, The National Presidential Orchestra of Ukraine, and opera soloists, performing in the Kiev's International Summer Stage Festival. She was also selected as the only female Full Participant in the first Smoky Mountain International Conducting Institute and Competition (NC) in May of 2017, working under Dwight Oltman. Other workshop participation includes the European American Musical Alliance Retreat (NYC (Paris)), 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). Additional conducting teachers, workshop instructors, and mentors include Thomas WilkinsHarold FarbermanMarkand ThakarDiane Wittry, Philip Lasser, Benjamin C.S. Boyle, Eduardo Navega, Raymond Harvey, Leon BotsteinAviva Segall, David BargMargery DeutschDr. William CarsonDr. 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., 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 conduct, teach, perform, write and publish articles in the field of music, and give lectures, orchestral and workshop clinics, demonstrations, and master classes. She is a member of the League of American OrchestrasInternational Alliance for Women in Music, and American String Teachers Association. She lives in Silver Spring, MD with her husband, also a conductor and educator. Ms. Cochenet serves as a string instructor independently and at Levine Music of Maryland and Washington, D.C., and as an Adjunct String Instructor at the Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA-Annandale).

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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.