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Joanna Elliott Whitsett

Doctor of Musical Arts

Joanna Elliott Whitsett is a recitalist of international stature, and has appeared in recital in important churches and cathedrals throughout the U.S and Europe. She is the recipient of the Doctorate of Musical Arts from University of Houston under the direction of Dr. Robert Bates. She also received a Master of Music in Organ Performance from Baylor University, where she was a student of Dr. Joyce Jones. She has studied with a number of noted organ pedagogues, including Michel Bouvard, Dr. Naji Hakim, and Marie-Claire Alain.

She has been a featured soloist for the Baylor University Organ Conference, as well as appearing several times under the auspices of the American guild of Organists, for the Dallas and Central Texas chapters. Other noted recital venues have included First Congregational Church, Los Angeles; Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis; National Cathedral, Washington, D.C. and St. Patrick’s Cathedral and St. Thomas Church, New York City. Among her European destinations, are the Musée des Augustins in Toulouse, France, the American Church of Paris and Église de la Trinité in Paris, France. She will be a featured recitalist at Notre-Dame Cathédral Paris in June, 2019.

Joanna also is a concert harpist, and received her MM in harp performance from Baylor University. She has performed as soloist and served as harpist for several ensembles including the Baylor Symphony Orchestra, Baylor Wind Ensemble, Waco Chamber Ensemble, Angelettes Harp Ensemble, Ft. Worth Civic Orchestra, University of Houston, Houston Civic Orchestra and Divergence Vocal Theater.

Joanna serves as the organist for Moody Methodist Church in Galveston, TX.