Miss. Joanna Pepple
Violin, Viola Teacher
A native of Marietta, Georgia, Joanna Pepple began her musical studies in the piano at age seven, being introduced to the violin in middle school orchestra. As a sophomore in high school, Joanna began studying violin under the tutelage of Mr. Benjamin Baxter while actively participating in the Walton High School Orchestra.
Joanna has earned a Master’s and a Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance at Appalachian State University and Mercer University, respectively. At Mercer University, Joanna studied violin with Dr. Jo Nardolillo, Dr. Giselle Hillyer, and Ms. Ginny Respess. In addition, she actively participated in the Mercer University Orchestra and held a contract position in the Macon Symphony Orchestra. Joanna taught violin through the Mercer Preparatory Department as well as privately in the Macon area.
At Appalachian State University, Joanna studied violin with Dr. Nancy Bargerstock and viola with Dr. Eric Koontz. She completed her Master’s degree serving as a Graduate Assistant in the Hayes Graduate String Quartet, playing both violin and viola in the quartet. As a member of the Hayes String Quartet, Joanna had the opportunity to give performances at the NCMEA conference, a masterclass with Martin Beaver, 1st violinist of the Tokyo Quartet, and numerous recitals and performances within the Hayes School of Music and the university at large. Joanna played and held leadership within the Appalachian State University orchestras serving as Concertmaster and Principal Second Violinist while holding a contract position with the Western Piedmont Symphony in Hickory, North Carolina. Joanna taught a number of violin/viola students privately during her time in Boone and served as an instructor in the Appalachian State University Community Music School.
Recently, Joanna has earned a second Master’s degree at East Carolina University in Music Theory/Composition which completely a two-year Suzuki Pedagogy training program with renowned Suzuki trainer Joanne Bath in Greenville, North Carolina. Joanna is currently accepting violin and viola students at Thomasville Road Baptist Church Music Academy and Northwoods Baptist Church Center for the Arts in Tallahassee, Florida, while pursuing a PhD in Historical Musicology at Florida State University. Joanna enjoys playing both the violin and the viola actively while teaching students to discover the joys of music!