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Name:           Joann Manhardt
Birthday:       January 15
Hobbies:        Playing golf, watching baseball and baking

Composer:       Antonin Dvorak (especially his Slavonic Dances!)
What's in my Ipod?      Mostly workout music - B-52s, Elvis Costello, Prince, etc.
Food:   Fresh and Homemade!
Quote:  Amateurs practice until they get it right, pros practice until they can't get it wrong.  Anonymous

A bit more about me

It has been my privilege to teach in the Summit Public Schools since September 2000.  I conduct the 6th, 7th and 8th grade orchestras plus the Chamber Orchestra at LCJSMS, and 4th and 5th grade orchestras at Franklin School.  Before coming to Summit, I taught K-8 general music in Hope/Allamuchy, New Jersey.  I earned my Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from SUNY College at Purchase, and Master of Musical Arts from Mannes College of Music.  In addition to these degrees, in 2010 I earned a Masters of Science in Educational Technology from Ramapo College.

I am a professional cellist and have performed throughout the tri-state area including with the Springfield (MA) Symphony, the Greenwich Choral Society, the Bridgeport Opera and the New Jersey Pops.  More recently, I have conducted the CJMEA Elementary Honors Orchestra and Morris-Union Jointure Commission Orchestra, have served as the Intermediate Orchestra Chair for the Central JerseyMusic Educators' Association and am a member of NJMEA, ASTA, TI:ME and ISTE.

 When I am not busy with my teaching and performing responsibilities I enjoy trips with my husband to play golf.

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