Council for Orchestral Education

Joanne May Orchestra

Joanne May (2016-2018)
Glen Ellyn, IL

Joanne May is in her eighth year as Assistant Professor of Music and director of the Philharmonic Orchestra, chair of the string department, and music education instructor at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois. In her tenure at Elmhurst College she founded the annual Elmhurst College World Music Festival, assisted in writing a new course, String Improvisation for Educators, added three new string faculty members to the department, started a secondary instrument string orchestra for music education students, started an electric string ensemble, conducted the Philharmonic at the Illinois Music Education Conference, and set up annual performance tours to high schools in several states.

Prior to teaching at Elmhurst College, May retired from teaching 33 years in public schools in Illinois and Missouri, serving as an instructor of strings, orchestra, band, choir, general music, and as music department chair at Glenbard East High School in suburban Lombard, IL. She received numerous awards for excellence in teaching, including the Mary Hoffman Award for Teaching Excellence by ILMEA, Those Who Excel Award from the state of Illinois, Glenbard Township High School District Distinguished Service Award, Educator of the Year and Distinguished Service Award from the Illinois American String Teacher’s Association, and Teacher Recognition Award for the Presidential Scholar Program in Washington, D.C. by the U.S. Department of Education. She has been an active guest conductor for numerous orchestra festivals in the U.S., and has traveled extensively with music groups both domestically and abroad.

Joanne is compiling editor of The String Teacher’s Cookbook: Creative Recipes for a Successful Program published by Meredith Music Publications, distributed by Hal Leonard, author of the book Homeschool Music: A Guide to Music Instruction for the Homeschooled Child published by Meredith Music, and author of numerous articles in state and national professional journals. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, and served as President of the Illinois American String Teachers Association, and President of the Orchestra Division of ILMEA. May is currently chair of Orchestra Council for NAfME.

May received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she studied violin with Paul Rolland and Homer Schmidt. She has completed post-graduate coursework in Music Education, Suzuki Teacher Training, and Educational Administration & Supervision.

Eastern Division Representative
Anthony J. Pinelli, Jr. (2015-2018)
Huntington Station, NY

North Central Division Representative
Andrew King (2017-2019)
Indianapolis, IN

Northwest Division Representative
Elizabeth Fortune (2016-2019)
Seattle, WA

Southern Division Representative
Georgia Ekonomou (2016-2019)
Atlanta, GA

Southwestern Division Representative
Charlene Dell (2015-2018)
Norman, OK

Western Division Representative
Kate Francis (2016-2019)
Santa Clara, CA

Christopher Selby (2017-2018)
Mt. Pleasant, SC

Sarah Djordjevic (2017-2018)
Park Ridge, IL

Matthew Spieker (2017-2018)
Muncie, IN

Matthew Spieker (2017-2018)

National Executive Board Liaison: Leyla Sanyer