Instructor of Music
Joanne (Annie) King is instructor of music at Ball State University and principal harpist with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra. A native of the Midwest, she has performed with orchestras throughout the region and beyond, including the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Anderson Symphony Orchestra, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, and the U.S Army Field Band. She has been a soloist with the Ball State Symphony Orchestra and the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
Dr. King is an active chamber musician, with a special interest in new music and works that feature unusual instrumental combinations. She has performed works with instruments such as bass trombone, percussion, trumpet, and steelpan. Ms. King is passionate in her pursuit of undiscovered and underperformed compositions for the harp and actively seeks out opportunities to bring such works to light.
In addition to performing, Dr. King is an enthusiastic teacher. Outside of teaching at Ball State, Dr. King also teaches at harp at Earlham College, as well as privately. She has also given demonstrations for Together in Music, an outreach program that strives to bring musical experiences to children and adults in underserved communities within Muncie and beyond, believing that the harp is an instrument that should be open to all who pursue it.
During the summer months, Dr. King serves as faculty for the Midwest Harp Festival in Wheaton, Illinois. She also spends a month playing harp at the Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island, where she performs during high tea and demitasse.
Dr. King began her studies in harp at the age of four, studying with Geraldine Elliot and later, Brittany Schultz. She earned her Bachelor of Music from Northern Illinois University, where she studied with Faye Seeman. She earned both her Master of Music and Doctor of Arts from Ball State University, studying with Elizabeth Richter.
Outside of music, Dr. King is an avid fan of the outdoors and enjoys hiking and running. She also enjoys cooking and baking whenever she gets the chance.