JoAnna Basta began her violin studies at the age of two as a Suzuki student. In high school, she studied under Julliard graduate Lee Snyder and was concertmistress of the Neshaminy High School Orchestra, the Bucks County Youth Orchestra and the Philadelphia Young Artist Orchestra. JoAnna was also a member of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra performing in concert halls around the world including Tchaikovsky Hall in Russia and the Ancient Ruins of Jerash in Jordan.
In 2000, JoAnna earned her B.Mus. in Violin Performance from Temple University. She studied under William DePasquale, a former concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra and graduate of the Curtis Institute. While attending Temple, JoAnna studied abroad at the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan. JoAnna continued her education by earning her M.M. in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy from the University of Maryland in 2004, while studying under Ronda Cole.
After graduation, JoAnna became a faculty member at the Suzuki School for Strings in Kingston, PA, where she had 32 students of various levels, four group classes and coached a chamber ensemble. JoAnna has taught at the Greater Washington Suzuki Institute and the Lehigh Valley Suzuki Strings workshop. Beginning in 2009 JoAnna taught at Moravian College for two years before taking time off to have her son. Presently JoAnna lives is Pennsburg with her husband, Brian, and their two children.
JoAnna will be teaching violin lessons at the Hilltown Campus of Cairn Arts Academy, on Monday evenings. Click here if you are interested in registering for lessons.