Joan Christenson

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Joan Christenson, violin, is a graduate of the University of Michigan and served as Associate Concertmaster of the Shreveport Symphony before joining the first violin section of the San Antonio Symphony in 1983. Joan was formerly the concertmaster of the Winters Chamber Orchestra, where she performed the Barber Violin Concerto and the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante k. 364. She has performed with many summer music festivals of distinction including the Aspen Music Festival, the Tanglewood Festival, the Santa Fe Opera, the Colorado Music Festival and presently the Sunriver Festival and the Grand Teton Festival.

Since assuming the directorship of Musical Offerings in 1989, Ms. Christenson has collaborated with musicians from many avenues of professional life in San Antonio and has presented unique concert formats like Taste of Tango, Masters of Romance and the highly acclaimed series, Jazz Meets Classical, a unique collaboration of jazz and classical musicians in San Antonio now in its fourteenth season.

Joan was recently recognized as a winner of the 2004 Arts and Letters Award presented by the Friends of the Public Library for her contributions to the cultural life of San Antonio.