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 Marion Philharmonic, Anderson Symphony, 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.
Ms. 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, 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, Ms. King is an enthusiastic teacher. She has previously taught harp at Earlham College and currently maintains a private studio. She has also given demonstrations for Together in Music, an outreach program that strives to bring musical experiences to children and adults in undeserved communities within Muncie and beyond, believing that the harp is an instrument that should be open to all who pursue it.
Ms. 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 her Master of Music from Ball State University, studying with Elizabeth Richter and is currently a doctoral candidate in Ball State’s Doctor of Arts program, anticipating completion in December of 2020.