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Known for her responsive, spontaneous, and lively flute performance, Joanna Goldstein’s past as a division I soccer player should come as no surprise. Her love of teamwork and high-energy performance has fueled her many creative collaborations, from orchestral to chamber music, to partnering with composers and dancers. As an orchestral musician, she has performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra and with the Santa Rosa (CA), Portland (ME), and Toledo Symphonies. She currently is the piccolo player with the Michigan Philharmonic and will be joining the Toledo Symphony for the 2019-2020 season in the same role.


A founding member of the Boston-based Vento Chiaro woodwind quintet, Ms. Goldstein has performed and taught residencies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Providence College, Bunker Hill Community College, and Harvard University. With Vento Chiaro, she coached young musicians as a member of the faculty quintet in residence at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and won awards in both the Fischoff and Coleman chamber music competitions. Their many composer collaborations include commissions from Michael Gandolfi, Robert Dick, and Justin Casenghino.


Joanna’s love of exploring new sound worlds has led to her latest venture, the Stratus Ensemble, a flute and percussion duo focused on commissioning new works that engage audiences and communities. Stratus Ensemble recently received a University of Michigan EXCEL Enterprise Grant to allow them to record their most recent commission by Valerie Coleman. They have become know in the Ann Arbor community for their unique education programs. After their most recent collaboration with Washtenaw Community College, this is what the faculty and students were saying, “More than the expertise and professionalism of their performance, was their awareness that creativity and art are mindsets”…” Great performers are relatively abundant, but excellent inspirers of other’s creativity… that’s Stratus Ensemble,”


As an educator, Ms. Goldstein helps students connect to their own sense of purpose so they can make a positive impact in their communities, both within and beyond music. She’s taught flute and coached groups at Tanglewood, through her private studio, the Boston University Flute Ensemble, and at the private Beaver Country Day School, where she developed a popular school-wide chamber music program.


Joanna holds degrees from Peabody Conservatory and Boston University, and an Artist Diploma from the Longy School of Music. Currently, Joanna is on faculty at Washtenaw Community College and is the Flute Choir and Chamber Winds Director for the Michigan Philharmonic Youth Symphonies.  

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