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Joan Bob enjoys performing on viola and violin with a variety of large orchestras and small ensembles. A founding member of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, she has been a soloist with them, playing Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6. She has also performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; the Harrisburg, Delaware and Annapolis Symphonies; and the Handel Choir, Opera Vivente and Bach Concert Series.  Chamber music concerts include recitals at An Die Musik, Friends of Chamber Music Series, Arts in the Mansion, Music in the Great Hall, ResMusicAmerica, Carnival in Caroline, and faculty recitals at Howard Community College and Goucher College.

Ms. Bob received a Bachelor of Arts in music from S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo and a Master of Music in viola performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music/Johns Hopkins University, studying with the renowned Karen Tuttle. She teaches viola, violin, and chamber music at both Howard Community College and Goucher College. Educating people of all ages is a significant part of Ms. Bob’s professional life. Under the auspices of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, she has given lectures on music to adult communities. In 2003, Ms. Bob was chosen to become a Wolf Trap Teaching Artist, giving her the opportunity to bring music to young children in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area.

“Non-traditional” concerts hold great appeal for Ms. Bob.  In 1992, she performed in the Baltimore premiere of string quartet music composed in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp at a Holocaust Memorial Service at Beth El Synagogue. She was then invited to perform this poignant music at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institution annual Gilman Lecture as a prelude to the keynote address by famed author Eli Wiesel.  Additionally, she helped create a child-appropriate program to perform the Theresienstadt music for students at Har Sinai Congregation.

To reach new and younger audiences, Ms. Bob founded the Live Wire String Quartet, which, during a decade of association with Young Audiences of Maryland, developed and performed a variety of humorous and interactive programs for children. In 1997, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra chose the Live Wire String Quartet to become part of its ArtsExcel school outreach program; additionally, the Music Department at University of Maryland at College Park invited the quartet to give a master class on creating musical programs for children. More recently, Ms. Bob has performed with the LWSQ quartet at the Maryland Science Center and the National Aquarium. The Live Wire String Quartet is currently the educational outreach arm of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra.

Contact Ms. Bob at jbob@howardcc.edu