Recent C.V. -Backstory- & Earlier Works


Composer/Sound Designer/Interdisciplinary Artist

2022 March Guest Artist, Diversity Conference, Brockport College, NY 

2022 February Album release:

Cinematic Lo-fi 'Leaving Earth'

2021 December Composer Commission, Mariah Maloney Dance, The Forest is Behind You, SUNY Brockport College

2021 August Premiere, Ms. Maffia's documentary film 'The making of' Hammer & Rain: reflections through time (* an Art Ventures Grant project)  

For more information about the documentary:

2020 May Art Ventures Grant  recipient via The Community Foundation for NE Florida 

2019 November  Director of Foley Sound Effects, The Old Man and the Old Moon, Flagler College Theater Arts Department

2019 October Sound Design & Composition,The Tempest, Flagler College Theater Arts Department 

2018-2019 commissioned by The Jacksonville Dance Theatre, premiered May 2019, The Florida Theater, Jacksonville, FL. 

 2018 May Selected composition, Frenetic Sparks in 2 movements, 'Right Now' & 'Transcend' The 12th International Festival for New Music, Forum Wallis: Ars Electronica, Schloss Leuk, Switzerland, May 17-21. 

 2017 September featured work on the Soundmaps Project: 

2017 August composition Frenetic Sparks: Movement 1 'Right Now' accepted by Ink & Coda ,an online publication, as part of their Summer Issue volume 4.2. 

 2017 February accepted to the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation: Two week Field Recording and Research project.   

2016 September commissioned by Mariah Maloney Dance Company. *Premiered January 8, 2017 through Pentacle Gallery Artist and APAP Showing New Work at City Center Studio 5, NYC. Additional performances at Movement Research NYC; Alfred University Marlin Miller Theatre-Alfred, NY; Showdown at Gibney Dance NYC; TOPAZ Arts in Queens, NY and The Rochester Fringe Festival in upstate NY.   

 2014 May  selected audio drama Kinetic Fortress: a narrative interrupted  by The Hear Now Festival aired on their Podcast Palooza series, aired June 19th- August 1st. 

2013 May  selected work 'Buzzword-ganda'  by Museruole: women in experimental music an 'On the Air' radio festival in Bolzano/Bozen, Italy.   

2012 June- August 

Musical Director/Composer/Sound Design/Percussionist

The Vermont Shakespeare Company commissioned Ms. Maffia for their summer production of The Tempest.   

*Review Shelburne News, August 30, 2012, Rachel Dunphy   
*Review Seven Days newspaper, vol.17, No. 50   
*Review Burlington Free Press,, Aug. 16, 2012  


-The Advanced Certificate in Music Education, Brooklyn College, 2010  
-Master of Arts in Music Composition, New York University, 2002  
-Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Literature with a Minor in Music,   Purchase College, 1992  

-Certified Pro Tools User





Percussionist, Drummer & Accompanist

2022 Sept-October Percussionist, Big Fish, The Limelight Theater, St. Augustine, FL

2022 August Percussionist, Parade, The Limelight Theater, St. Augustine, FL

2022 May-June Percussionist, Little Women, The Limelight Theater, St. Augustine, FL

2022 Spring Accompanist, FSU Dance Department

2021 Fall  Guest Accompanist, The Dance Company, St. Augustine, FL.

2021 August-October Co-Musical Director & Percussionist, ONCE, The Limelight Theater, St. Augustine, FL

2021 June selected participant, The Mark Morris Dance Accompanist Training Program

2021 May Drummer, Always Patsy Cline, The Limelight Theater, St. Augustine, FL

2019 November  Percussionist, The Old Man and the Old Moon, Flagler College Theater Arts Department

2019 May Percussionist, Carmina Burana, The St. Augustine Community Chorus,8919

2018 November Drummer, All Shook Up!  Flagler College Theater Arts Department

2018 March Guest Accompanist Florida State College at Jacksonville, FL. 

2018 February Guest Accompanist, The Dance Company, St. Augustine, FL.

2016 August member of The St. Augustine Orchestra.  ongoing



2022 May received the Champion for LGBTQIA Support & Advocacy award, Flagler College Lavender Ceremony

2022 Spring Visiting Professor, FSU Dance Department

2021-Present Drum line coach, Flagler College

2020 July Featured in NARROW magazine for LGBTQ+IA activism in ST. Augustine, FL 

2020 May Interviewed by 'Mass Hysteria' on OutJax Radio,  LGBTQ+IA activism in St. Augustine, FL

2018- 2020 Percussion Instructor, Pacetti Bay Middle School

2018- Present Adjunct Faculty, Theater Arts & Music, Flagler College.  ongoing

2017 November Guest Artist & Lecturer,  Dance Department, Brockport College, NY co-sponsored by the Diversity Committee.  

Lecture: 'Expect the Unexpected'

(Obstacles of the Single Story Narrative) 

2017 May Awarded The Promoting Excellence in Diversity (PED) Grant  from SUNY Brockport College 

2010- 2014 Full time Instrumental Music Instructor at I.S. 281 middle school, Brooklyn, NY

2002-2010 Teaching Artist: Percussion & Concert Band, NYC

Backstory & Earlier Works  

JoAnne is a native New Yorker now living in St. Augustine, FL.   

She was first a drummer, studying on and off, playing in school bands and orchestras when she was first exposed to percussion ensemble music at the age of 17 at Stony Brook University. She was invited to play in the undergraduate percussion ensemble, sparking an enthusiasm and passion for contemporary chamber music and all things experimental.    

Soon after, Ms. Maffia attended (SUNY) Purchase College, School of the Arts. It was at Purchase College that JoAnne began experimenting with text as sound object incorporating staging, lighting, movement and music composition. Initially in the music conservatory, JoAnne graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dramatic Literature/Drama Studies and a minor in music (May 1992).      

Two years after graduation, JoAnne  founded THAT! New Music Group in April 1994, a collective of musicians and composers dedicated to the promotion and non-traditional presentation of contemporary chamber music. Ms.Maffia fought to challenge the conventions of the classical music world. She incorporated staging, lighting and/or movement with the belief that theatrical elements would expand the range of sensibilities from sound into sight. The visual elements would only enhance the music helping to increase the familiarity of New Music often isolated within academia. She strove to make New Music accessible to a larger public.    

*Received Winter Residency from Synchronicity Space,1994-95    
*Received The East End Arts Council's Special Opportunity Stipend Award, 1995    
*Received a Space Grant from St. Peter's Church,1995    

In 1996, Ms. Maffia changed the group's name to THAT! New Arts Group. The slight change better represented the range of disciplines Ms. Maffia began producing, including her own work. THAT! Group became dedicated to promoting new works that explored the meshing of boundaries between mediums such as music and theatre, dance and theatre or visual art and performance, creating new areas of performance.    

*Received two Meet The Composer Fund awards, Fall 1996    
(one for composing, the other for presenting)    
*Featured in the Downtown Express newspaper, vol.10 issue 23, April 1998    

In its six year history, THAT! Group produced and presented the work of over 20 artists.    

After six years in the not for profit world, JoAnne was looking to complete her music education. Primarily a self-taught composer, JoAnne was able to develop a clear and distinct artistic point of view and a musical style all her own. Her work caught the eye of then professor Klaus Sinfelt at New York University.    

*Commissioned by The New Millennium Chamber Orchestra, 1999    
*Received third Meet The Composer Fund award, 2000    
*Review in The New Music Connoisseur, Vol. 9, No. 2    

Ms. Maffia graduated with a Masters in Music Composition from NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development in May 2002.    

*2002,Received The Jack Krieselman Award in composition.    
*2002,Commissioned by Athena Chamber Group (Boston).   
*2003,Commissioned by the New York University Percussion Ensemble     

A year later, Ms. Maffia premiered her multi- movement work, MOSAIC MINDS: The Score in five movements with Finale: a Postscript to AIDS; forming her latest company THe jojo EXperiment. The work received favorable and encouraging reviews.    

*Review in The New Music Connoisseur, Vol. 12, 1 & 2    

2004, Ms. Maffia joined forces with flutist Christine Perea creating and performing a blend of improvisation, composed bits, percussion, flute and electronics. The two performed locally for four years throughout the New York City area.     

2007, JoAnne premiered Kinetic Fortress, a 'narrative interrupted' at The 78th Street Theatre Lab. Ms. Maffia blended theatre, music and video.     

*2008 Commissioned by The Incubator Arts Project: Music,   
St. Marks Church, NYC.     

2009-2010, Ms. Maffia attended Brooklyn College, receiving the Advanced Certificate in Music Education.  

2010-2014, Full time Instrumental Music Instructor at I.S. 281 middle school, Brooklyn, NY

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