Joan Van Dessel
Joan Van Dessel earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Michigan State University, her Master of Music degree from London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama and her Doctor of Music degree from Florida State University, where she taught clarinet for three years. She pursued post-doctoral studies in orchestral performance at the Manhattan School of Music. She has studied clarinet with such renowned teachers as Dame Thea King, Frank Kowalsky, Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, Mark Nuccio (New York Philharmonic), and Samuel Caviezel (Philadelphia Orchestra). Dr. Van Dessel's performance experiences include the Florida West Coast Symphony, the Tallahassee Symphony, the Sarasota Opera Company, the Grand Rapids Symphony and numerous solo and chamber music engagements. Currently, as Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Studies at Cornerstone University, she conducts the symphonic winds and teaches academic courses in music history for the Fine Arts Department. She is an active solo performer and plays in orchestral and chamber groups throughout Michigan.