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Joanne Mosquera, a native of Long Island, New York, began her instrumental training on the cello in the William Floyd School District Elementary Orchestra program. She continued to participate in the orchestra throughout middle school and high school. While in high school, she studied privately with internationally known cellist and journalist, Laurinel Owen. Ms. Mosquera attended the University of South Carolina, where she received a Performance Certificate in Cello Performance, a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in Music Education, and graduated Magna cum Laude. Ms. Mosquera studied cello under Dr. Robert Jesselson, taught at the USC String Project under the direction of Dr. Gail Barnes, and performed with the USC Symphony and Chamber Ensembles. Ms. Mosquera continued her education at Columbia College. There, she received a Master’s Degree in Divergent Learning in 2017.
Ms. Mosquera, is in her eighth year teaching orchestra in Lexington-Richland School District Five. She conducts the Dutch Fork Middle School Capriccio Orchestra, Concert Orchestra and Honors Orchestra. Under Ms. Mosquera's direction, Dutch Fork Middle School Orchestras participate each year in the SCMEA Concert Performance Assessment and have received "superior" ratings. In addition, Ms. Mosquera's orchestras have received "superior" ratings in regional competitions. In 2015 and 2019, the Honors Orchestra performed at the SCMEA annual conference held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Ms. Mosquera is an active member of NAfME, SCMEA, and ASTA. She has served as a guest clinician, conductor, and adjudicator for multiple districts and regions across the Southeast. In addition to teaching, Ms. Mosquera is a freelance cellist. She resides in Chapin, South Carolina with her dogs, Rimba and Bongo, and her cats Tom-Tom and Caxixi.