Joan Harrison

Joan Harrison

Cellist Joan Harrison is a dynamic and versatile musician who maintains an active teaching and performance schedule on both modern and baroque cello. She has taught at prestigious institutions including Carleton University, the Juilliard School, Princeton University, The Perlman Music Program, the United Nations International School and New York School for Strings. Joan is currently a PhD candidate in the faculty of education where she is also a part-time professor of music education. She is often heard on CBC radio in performance as principal cellist of both the Aradia Baroque Ensemble and the Toronto Chamber Orchestra. This past fall, Joan and her duo partner, pianist Dr. Elaine Keillor, recorded a CD of works by Canadian Composers entitled When Music Sounds.

Along with performing, Joan is dedicated to promoting music education for young children. She maintains a Suzuki cello studio in Ottawa, Ontario where she also directs the I Cellisti cello choir and is on the executive board of the Ottawa-Gatineau cello club. In addition, she regularly gives workshops and lectures on education with special interests in both early childhood development and citizenship education. Along with producing numerous published articles on teaching, Joan is the founder of The Enterprising Rabbit™, where she develops and sells motivational materials for young musicians.

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