Joanna Huling is a dedicated educator, and is the Founder and Music Director of the Mercury Rising Percussion Ensemble, which is a supplemental program open to all percussion students that provides opportunities for students to perform in one of two ensembles based on experience. She instructs a busy private studio and has served as Percussion Faculty at the International School of Music in Bethesda, MD and the Music and Arts Center in Ellicott City, MD.
Joanna offers private percussion lessons in her professionally-equipped studio with emphasis on general percussion, drumset, timpani, and all mallet instruments. Many of her students have successfully auditioned for numerous advanced programs in Maryland and beyond, including the Interlochen Arts Camp, [email protected], Baltimore School for the Arts, Maryland All State Band (Junior and Senior), Maryland Youth Symphony Orchestra, Howard County GT Bands, and various other music festivals.
Joanna Huling is a versatile and dynamic percussionist and drummer in the Washington D.C./Baltimore region. As a pit musician, she recently played percussion in <a href="https://www.arenastage.org/">Arena Stage</a> (DC) productions of <a href="https://www.arenastage.org/tickets/1920-season/newsies/">Disney's Newsies</a> and <a href="https://www.arenastage.org/tickets/season-landing/anything-goes/">Anything Goes</a>, and has performed numerous shows throughout the region on both percussion and drums.
Joanna has performed in televised productions on PBS A Capitol Fourth, backing <a href="https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4745222/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Keala Settle</a> ("This is Me" from The Greatest Showman) and <a href="https://www.laurenalainaofficial.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Lauren Alaina</a>, ("Road Less Traveled"). She has also appeared with acclaimed artists such as <a href="http://www.jennyoaksbaker.com" target="blank">GRAMMY Nominee Jenny Oaks Baker</a>, as well as <a href="https://mistergsongs.com/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Latin GRAMMY Winner and highly acclaimed children's musician Mister G</a>
As an orchestral/concert percussionist and timpanist, Joanna has performed with the <a href="http://www.marylandsymphony.org/" target="blank">Maryland Symphony</a>, <a href="http://www.annapolissymphony.org/" target="blank">Annapolis Symphony</a>, <a href="http://www.washingtonoperasociety.org/" target="blank">Washington Opera Sociaty</a>, <a href="http://annapolisopera.org/" target="blank">Annapolis Opera</a>, <a href="http://www.midatlanticsymphony.org/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Mid-Atlantic Symphony</a>, <a href="https://www.richmondsymphony.com/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Richmond Symphony</a>, <a href="http://www.apolloorchestra.com/" target="blank">Apollo Orchestra</a>, <a href="http://postclassical.com/" target="blank">Post-Classical Ensemble</a>, <a href="https://marylandwinds.com/" target="blank">Maryland Symphony</a>, and <a href="http://www.brassofthepotomac.com/" target="blank">Brass of the Potomac</a> among many others. From 2006 to 2011 she held the position of Principal Timpanist of the <a href="https://www.wmpamusic.org/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic</a>. Classical recording credits include recordings with Brass of the Potomac, Washington National Cathedral Choir, American Boychoir, Peabody Wind Ensemble, and the Peabody Percussion Ensemble.
Joanna also performed on numerous occasions with the <a href="https://soundcloud.com/seanmcardle" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Sean McArdle Band</a> at the Black Cat in Washington, D.C., and recorded with the <a href="https://soundcloud.com/seanmcardle" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Sean McArdle Band</a> ("Charades" and "Cold Out There") as well as <a href="http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default.cfm?bandID=772564&content=music" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Dennis Kane</a> (“The Two of Us”).
Joanna is a founding member of <a href="http://www.wescrawford.com/envirodrum.html" rel="noopener" target="_blank">EnviroDrum - Maryland</a>, a franchise of the hugely successful original Enviro Drum show featuring performance on "found percussion" such as household items, with a high level of audience engagement.
Ms. Huling is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory (Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University) with a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance.
<strong>Musical Theater - Regional</strong>
Disney's Newsies, Arena Stage (Washington D.C.) - percussion
Anything Goes, Arena Stage (Washington D.C.) - percussion
<strong>Musical Theater - Other</strong>
Percussion: Crazy for You, Into the Woods, Man of La Mancha, 1776, Ragtime, My Fair Lady, Secret Garden, West Side Story
Drums: Freaky Friday, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Cabaret
PBS: A Capitol Fourth - Keala Settle, Lauren Alaina
GRAMMY nominee Jenny Oaks Baker
Latin GRAMMY winner Mister G
Step Afrika!, Symphony in Step
Sean McArdle Band
<em>Percussion Concerto</em>, James Kazik. Commission and World Premiere
<em>Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Wind Ensemble</em>. Philip Glass, arr. Lortz. World Premiere
<a href="http://www.groverpro.com">Grover Pro Percussion</a>
<a href="http://www.vater.com">Vater Percussion</a>
Learn more about Joanna at <a href="http://joannahuling.com">joannahuling.com</a>
I find it gratifying to create a lesson experience for the student that helps them grow both musically and personally. I enjoy finding the connection that resonates with a student to help them learn and cultivate their love for music.
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Our first lesson will be an opportunity to assess the student's knowledge and skills. From there, I will tailor our lesson plans to meet the student's needs and priorities.
- Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance, Peabody Conservatory
- Over 15 years of teaching and coaching experience
- 26 years of performance experience, including performance with elite ensembles and artists
My standard rate is $60/hr, pro-rated for 30, 45, or 90 minute lessons.
I have experience with students aged 5-65. All students welcome.
Range in experience from college-bound and majoring in percussion to beginners looking to play casually.
I have worked wth numerous students with special needs