JoAnna Cochenet offers orchestra clinics, presentations, workshops, and string coaching, lessons, and master classes. She is a string instructor at Levine Music in Washington, DC and North Bethesda, MD, and at Northern Virginia Community College-Annandale, VA, and was formerly a Music Adjunct Teacher at Northwestern High School, Jim Henson School of the Arts in Hyattsville, MD. Teaching since 2004, she also previously served as a Viola/Violin Teaching Artist at the Kids 4 Harmony El Sistema program in Pittsfield, MA, and as an Artist Faculty at the Omaha Conservatory of Music in Omaha, NE as a viola/violin private instructor for a studio of near 40 students and as an on- and off-site group class/ensemble instructor and conductor for over 25 classes and ensembles. At Levine Music, she has initiated and grown a successful string technique and ensemble program for adult student string players, the Levine Adult String Ensemble.

Her students have performed in leadership spots in and been accepted into youth and honors orchestras, have received awards and high rankings in festivals, competitions, merit programs, and have performed in master classes and regular studio recitals.

She is regarded by colleagues and students for having a unique and creative style of teaching and an ability to reach individual learning styles. She challenges and encourages all students to see, reach, and go beyond their potential. Education is a substantial component of her work and mission.


Ms. Cochenet plays regularly as a professional violist and has an extensive performance resume, most recently performing with the Washington Chamber Orchestra, Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, Bard Conductors Institute Orchestra, and the Omaha Symphony. As an orchestral musician, she has shared the stage with world-class musicians such as Soovin Kim, Joshua Bell, Sylvia McNair, Garrick Ohlsson, Jennifer Koh, Wonmi Kim, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Il Divo, Richard Marx, Arnie Roth, Chuck Penington, and many more; she has also appeared performing at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, U.S. Institute of Peace, British Embassy, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C.  Cochenet was a founding member of the non-profit Rangbrook Ensemble, a string chamber ensemble dedicated to the advocation of music in education through performance. 

Former chamber music coaches include Carey Bostian II and the Red Cedar Chamber Duo with Jan Boland and John Dowdall. Former viola teachers include Lewis Rosove, Dr. Michael Kimber, Beth Hoffman, and Mary Pat Michels. Ms. Cochenet has performed in master classes for Alicia Svigals, Chiara String Quartet, Wolfgang David, Patricia McCarty, and David Miller, and attended master classes with Cynthia Phelps, Susanna Perry Gilmore, Michael Ludwig, Maria Newman, and Scott Hosfeld. In addition to other pedagogical training courses, she also received Suzuki teacher training from Martha Shackford through the Cedar Rapids Symphony School. She performs on a viola which was a special gift from several of her teachers and private donors.

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Ms. Cochenet is available for guest artist opportunities. Send your request through the Contact page.