Cellist Joan Kinsella has established a reputation as both a teacher and a performer. Dedicated to a performing career focusing on a variety of genres, Ms. Kinsella appears regularly as a chamber musician and orchestral player in upstate New York. Recent performances include WXXI’s “Live from Hochstein” broadcast, SUNY Brockport Fine Art Series and shows with artists including Seal, Idina Menzel, Josh Groban, and Michael Bublé. She has performed with the national tours of numerous Broadway productions, including Newsies, Pippin, Kinky Boots, Lion King, Phantom of the Opera, and West Side Story. She routinely performs with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rochester Oratorio Society Orchestra, and Geva Theatre Center. Ms. Kinsella has been a member of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, the Syracuse Camerata Chamber Orchestra, and ensemble.twenty.21.
Ms. Kinsella received her Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and studied at Syracuse University in a graduate string fellowship program. Her teachers include Gabor Rejto, Eleonore Schoenfeld, and David Wells. She grew up outside of Boston and Chicago where she studied with Don Moline of the Chicago Symphony and was a member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra. Ms. Kinsella currently teaches at Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Rochester Eastman Community Music School. She was formerly a member of the cello and chamber music faculty at the Hochstein School of Music (Rochester, NY) and held various administrative positions including Registrar and Dean of Students, Co-Chair of the String Department, and String Chamber Music Coordinator.
In the News
April 6, 2020
RIT’s music education doesn’t miss a beat with social distancing
RIT students and faculty have found a way to still connect for private music lessons, with video conferencing offering a unique, and some say helpful, way to teach.