Johanna's destiny is taking her to a number of exciting projects. Having greatly enjoyed heading the resarch and programming for Anonymous 4’s program Wolcum Yule, she is now delving further into the world of British Isles traditional music, developing a recital of British Isles songs and ballads with harpist Alyssa Reit. The program, The Oak and the Ash, will be premiered at the Church of the Transfiguration in NYC on June 9, 2009.
A brand new project, the Sunflower Storyarts Festival, has also just been conceived by Johanna and Alyssa, under the aegis of Singing Harp, a wonderful troupe that brings fairy tales to life with music, theatre, and storytelling. Planned to take place in Mt. Kisco (Westchester), the weekend of May 22-24, 2009, the Festival will bring together nationally and internationally known storytellers, local storytellers, kids telling stories for kids, and a special project by The Moth, a NYC-based group that coaches at-risk teens and adults to tell their own personal stories. Johanna will make her debut as a storyteller, telling the Russian fairy tale, Fenist the Bright Falcon, with Russian violinist Mela Tenenbaum. Among a number of “story swaps” hosted by different storytellers, Johanna will host “Stories in Song,” a story swap in which she will sing several “story ballads” as well as encourage participants to sing ballads and songs that tell a story.
Johanna also recently reconnected with composer Kim Sherman, who wrote incidental music for a play reading that was one of Anonymous 4’s earliest public performances! Kim is writing some beautiful settings of Shakespeare sonnets, which she and Johanna are looking forward to collaborating on.
Besides maintaining her own private voice studio, Johanna is on the voice faculty of the Music and Art Academy (NJ), Musika (NY), and Encore Music Studio (NY). She has recently joined the theory faculty of the Westchester Conservatory in White Plains. In 2007 she presented a lecture/demonstration about medieval music to music and non-music majors at Long Island University (C.W. Post).
Among her other pursuits, she has been a consulting editor for the recently published NPR Listeners’ Guide to Classical Music; has sung for the score of a PBS documentary, and did a stint at WNYC-FM Public Radio as a classical music host.