Joanna Huling is a Massachusetts-based performer and educator who for many years enjoyed a thriving career in the Greater Washington D.C. area. She has performed throughout the United States and Europe, with venues including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Music Center at Strathmore, Maryland Theatre, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, and Schlesinger Hall among many others.
Joanna has been performing with Grammy Nominee Jenny Oaks Baker since 2009. Joanna has performed with the Maryland Symphony, Annapolis Symphony, Apollo Orchestra, Post-Classical Ensemble, McLean Orchestra, and Brass of the Potomac among many others. From 2006 to 2011 she held the position of Principal Timpanist of the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic based in Alexandria, VA. Joanna also performed on numerous occasions with the Sean McArdle Band at the Black Cat in Washington, D.C..
“Joanna is a phenomenal percussionist and musician. I have performed with Joanna countless times and her playing, professionalism, and musicianship are world-class. She is always prepared and has a positive attitude on and off stage. It has been a joy to be able to collaborate with her! “
Prior to relocating to Massachusetts, Joanna was a founding member of EnviroDrum – Maryland, a franchise of the hugely successful original Enviro Drum show created and led by Jeff Salem in Ontario, Canada. The group emphasizes the Three R’s of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle by performing all percussion parts on reused household items and on various sorts of recycle bins. The show emphasizes the environmental message with scientific and environmental facts and figures. The show is wonderful for such diverse groups as schools, special corporate events, outside festivals, civic activities, and more!
Joanna Huling is a dedicated educator, and is the Founder and Music Director of the Mercury Rising Percussion Ensemble, which is a supplemental program open to all percussion students that provides opportunities for students to perform in one of two ensembles based on experience. She instructs a busy private studio and has served as Percussion Faculty at the International School of Music in Bethesda, MD and the Music and Arts Center in Ellicott City, MD.
Joanna offers private percussion lessons in her spacious and professionally-equipped Amherst studio with emphasis on general percussion, drumset, timpani, and all mallet instruments. Many of her students have successfully auditioned for numerous advanced programs in Maryland, including the Baltimore School for the Arts, Maryland All State Band (Junior and Senior), Maryland Youth Symphony Orchestra, Howard County GT Bands, and various music festivals.
In 2009, Joanna commissioned and premiered James Kazik’s Percussion Concerto. In this composition, the soloist is featured on marimba, vibraphone, concert toms, bass drum, and brake drums. She also performed as a soloist in the World Premiere of Philip Glass’ Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Wind Ensemble, with Jonathan Haas and the Peabody Wind Ensemble.
Joanna may be heard on various recordings with groups such as the Brass of the Potomac, Washington National Cathedral Choir, American Boychoir, Peabody Wind Ensemble, and the Peabody Percussion Ensemble. She has also recorded with the Sean McArdle Band as well as Dennis Kane.
Joanna Huling earned her Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. At the Peabody Conservatory, she studied with Jonathan Haas and Paul Fadoul. Her previous instructors include William Trigg and Mark Bencivengo.