How does a passion for classical music begin? Joan discovered her love for it at an early age, as a child growing up outside of Buffalo, and when she found the one classical music radio station in her area, she was truly hooked. Although her family enjoyed music and several of them played musical instruments, none of them shared Joan’s strong belief that music was to be her life’s work. When it came time for college, they wanted her to have a ‘practical’ career and insisted that she get a business degree. Once having obtained the business degree and satisfied her family, she enrolled at Indiana University for her master’s degree in music and was fortunate to come under the influence of Thomas Binkley, a scholar and professor of early music, who was then the Director of the Early Music Institute at the university. Her dilemma was how to convince her family that she could make a living through music. Church music seemed the answer, and she began to study the organ in addition to piano and flute in order to find work. Her jobs as a church musician then gave her the opportunity to sing, which was and is her true passion, and which she couldn’t do easily on campus because she had majored in band rather than in voice. Joan is also a classical musical historian and has explored the ways in which music, including harmony and rhythm, has changed and developed over many centuries, from early Medieval chants, through the Renaissance, the French Impressionists all the way to modern composers such as Hindemith and Poulenc. Indeed, her performances reflect this understanding of the evolution and range of classical music, and her glorious voice conveys her love of all of it to the audience.