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Joanna Bassett

Joined the RPO in 1984

Joanna Bassett is a flutist and  teacher who has lived in Rochester since joining the RPO in 1984. She plays second flute 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 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.

Bassett was the founding president of the Rochester Flute Association from 1995-2003 and is currently a member of the Rochester Philharmonic League board and the RPO Volunteer Enrichment Series. Her belief in the importance of volunteering is energized by the generosity and commitment of the RPO volunteers she has met over the years. She is also active in the National Flute Association, currently as Program Chair for the 2015 convention in Washington, D.C.

She began playing the flute in the Ann Arbor, MI public schools in fourth grade, and credits her public school music teachers, private teacher Glennis Metz Stout and her parents for gently steering her to a career in music. She 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 enjoys teaching students of all ages in her home studio.

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