Joanna Hodges, Founder

Joanna Hodges, concert pianist and artist-teacher of piano made her New York debut in 1959 in Town Hall; and also gave recitals in Carnegie Hall and the Guggenheim Museum, receiving brilliant notices from the New York press. Miss Hodges was a graduate of the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music and Art (California Institute of the Arts) where she studied with Mae Gilbert Reese, and continued graduate work with John Crown at the University of Southern California.  She studied at the Aspen School of Music with Rudolf Firkusny and at the Aspen School of Music and the University of Vienna, Austria with Bruno Seidlhofer.

She performed extensively throughout Europe and the Far East appearing in recitals and with orchestras including the following countries: England, Austria, Germany, Romania, Italy, Greece, Holland, Switzerland, Sweden, Taiwan, India, Hong Kong and Russia.

Joanna Hodges received the distinction of being the first American woman pianist to be invited to give a major tour of Romania, performing solo recitals and with orchestras throughout the country.  Her faculty appointments have included California State University at Long Beach; Long Beach City College, and College of the Desert, Palm Desert, California.  As a teacher, her reputation is internationally known.  Her students have won top prizes and awards throughout the United States and Europe.  Miss Hodges is also an active presenter of Lecture-Recitals and Master Classes.  As a professional musician, Joanna has served on the board of many organizations, including California Association of Professional Music Teachers (Music Teachers National Association) and the Southwestern Youth Music Festival.  She holds the Master Teacher Certificate from Music Teachers National Association.

Joanna Hodges was the Founder and Artistic Director of the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition held at College of the Desert, Palm Desert, California, which was established in 1979.  It was considered to be one of the most prestigious competitions of its kind.  Miss Hodges is listed in Who’ s Who of American Women, International Who’s Who in Music,and Dictionary of International Biography. 

She was a member of the board of the Vancouver Symphony, Oregon Symphony Women’s Association, Vancouver Auxilliary, and was a member of the Music Teachers Association of Clark County.  Ms. Hodges passed away in January of 2016.