The energy and spirit that characterizes the Seattle Civic Band comes from our founding conductor and music director, Jo-Ann Christen. Jo-Ann’s demanding yet supportive podium demeanor got more out of her musicians than they thought they had to give.
Jo-Ann is a versatile and dynamic conductor who specializes in community based music making. Jo-Ann currently conducts the Rain City Women’s Chorus. She holds degrees in music from Montclair State University (NJ) and the Manhattan School of Music. Jo-Ann performs professionally on the trombone and euphonium and teaches brass students at her Queen Anne studio.
Asked why she’s drawn to community ensembles, Jo-Ann says:
I grew up playing in community bands—it’s in my blood. Old and young playing together for the sheer joy of making music.
Jo-Ann retired in December 2012 and has been granted the title, “Founding Conductor Emeritus.”