Joanna Bassett – flute (& piccolo)

Joanna Bassett plays 2ndflute and piccolo in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and began her orchestral career as a member of the Hong Kong Philharmonic. She has performed with the Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival, Skaneateles Festival, Tanglewood Festival Orchestra, Chamber Music Rochester and the First Muse series at the First Unitarian Church of Rochester.

As a graduate student at the Eastman School of Music, she collaborated in memorable chamber music recordings with soprano Benita Valente and mezzo-soprano Jan DeGaetani. Cary Ratcliff’s “Five Joys: Gitanjali Dances” was a co-commission by Ms. Bassett and the Rochester Flute Association for her 2005 Flute Fair Recital, and a new sonata for flute and piano by Ken Kreuzer was written for her as a special birthday gift from her husband.

Ms. Bassett has degrees from Northwestern University as a student of Walfrid Kujala and the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Bonita Boyd and Leone Buyse. She was the founding president of the Rochester Flute Association and began a second term as president in 2011; she is also is a member of the Rochester Philharmonic League board. Joanna enjoys teaching in her home flute studio and was the initial Program Coordinator of Hochstein at Canandaigua, a resource for music and dance education in the Finger Lakes area.

Joanna is married to RPO Principal Trombonist Mark Kellogg, and they live in Pittsford with their son Rob and two dachshunds, Eddie and Antler.