Joan Molloy lives in rural River Falls, Wisconsin and teaches violin at HeartStrings Studio. Joan lived in Oberlin, Ohio as a child and was introduced to music and violin at concerts at Oberlin’s Conservatory of Music. After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota, she was drawn to the beauty of Shinichi Suzuki’s philosophy of “talent education” and began her ongoing journey as a life-long learner and teacher. Her major mentors and influences along the way include Young Nam Kim, Alice Joy Lewis, Ronda Cole, Nancy Lokken, Aaron Janse, Edmund Sprunger and David Strom. These individuals, along with her students, have inspired her and contributed to her as a person, a teacher and a performing musician. Joan currently serves as Concertmaster for the East Metro Symphony Orchestra and performs in the Cavatina String Quartet. Her past orchestral experiences include Assistant Principal Violinist in the Duluth Symphony Orchestra, Concertmaster in the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra and Concertmaster for Chippewa Valley Symphony in Eau Claire. While Joan brings knowledge, experience and expertise to her art, what sustains and informs her teaching the most are encounters with students and their families: witnessing growth, creating a path together, celebrating successes along the way and finding joy in the process.