Joan Molloy is beginning her second season as concertmaster. Before joining EMSO she served in the same role for Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra in Eau Claire, and before that for Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra. Joan was first introduced to violin and the amazing sounds of orchestral and chamber music when she attended concerts with her mom as a youngster in Oberlin, Ohio. After completing a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Minnesota she worked as a freelance violinist in the Twin Cities and commuted to Duluth where she sat Assistant Principal Second Violin in the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra. When she started teaching, she was drawn to the beauty, joy and love of Shinichi Suzuki’s Talent Education approach, and began her own journey and exploration as an instructor. This trek developed into a love of learning about life through music and violin practice.
Mentors and influences include Young Nam Kim, Alice Joy Lewis, Ronda Cole, Nancy Lokken, Aaron Janse, Edmund Sprunger and David Strom. Her students at HeartStrings Studio inspire her daily in countless ways and bring beauty and joy and laughter.
Joan also performs with the Cavatina String Quartet and is a founding member of Musical Chairs Offering. She lives in a beautiful patch of woods in rural River Falls with her very energetic dog, Jasper.