By: Steven Danner
Perseverance & Determination
One can tell music has deeply and positively impacted this musician of the month, and accomplished flutist, Joanne Diebold, due to the poetic details she recalls throughout her musical journey.
Joanne’s Passion for Music
Joanne’s love for music started in the 5th grade, after attending a concert by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She knew then that music had to be a part of her future. She didn’t wait long to get started. A few weeks later she was taking flute lessons and had joined the school band. By the time she was in high school she had made up her mind that pursuing a career in music is something she wanted to do.
Joanne’s Musical Education
In college, Joanne continued to make her dream a reality. She attended college at Eastern Illinois University and chose to study music. She received her bachelor’s degree in music/music performance. Even after college, she kept honing her craft by choosing to study with Richard Graef, of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, for 5 years.
Joanne’s Performance Experience
Her performance experience is seemingly endless. She has taken every musical opportunity that has come her way. She played with the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra for 25 years and substituted, off and on, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She’s performed with string quartets, trios, pianists, harpists, guitarists, and much much more. She had the opportunity to play for the Chicago Bears Christmas parties, different corporate events, and garden parties.
At the age of 27, she was given the opportunity to play for tv jingles. She recalls the competitive environment and the expectations to sight-read music that was given to her, on the spot, as she walked into the studio to record. She had to do it in one or two takes because of the fact studio time is expensive for the client. Her first jingle was the jolly green giant/ little sprout commercial. She’s played the jingles for companies like Mc Donald’s, United Airlines, Wheat Thins, Luv’s diapers, and the Beef. It’s what’s for dinner commercial. She stayed busy with jingles for 29 years. She said it was so much fun and it greatly helped perfect her sight-reading. She’s very fortunate to have had the opportunity.
Defining Musical Moment
There are those moments where you take a step back and see the power behind the music. It’s those moments that can really help a musician to see the positive impact that music has on people. Joanne has had many profound musical moments in her still active, career as a musician. There were two that really stuck out. She mentions the first and most important one was when she recorded a CD in 2011 of the Suite for Flute and Jazz Trio by Claude Bolling. She recorded in Oceanway studio in Nashville, Tennessee. Her oldest son Chris, who is now a sound editor in Los Angeles, California, got to work together on the project. They spent many hours mixing the tracks, and “creating an amazing musical experience of tone color and exuberant melodies that tantalize the senses of the listener.”
Her second moment came while on a family trip to Badlands Nations Park, in South Dakota where she had purchased a double Native American flute. She climbed out into the canyon to sit on one of the peaks and began to play. To the people listening she says they had reactions of contentment, awe, and excitement. When she was leaving a women stopped her with tears in her eyes and simply said: “thank you.” The women mentioned that her husband was sitting near the edge of the canyon and that he was very ill with cancer. The women told her that her music brought him peace. Joanne recounts the event and said she continued playing for the women’s husband for over 2 hours. This is when Joanne said she realized the decision to play music was the right career choice. She also realized the power of music.
Joanne came to Candid Brilliance Music in the summer of 2016. She loves what the company stands for as far as their Christian values and music professionalism. Her plans are to continue to bring music into people’s lives and to encourage and teach young students how to have music in their lives. She has successfully managed to become the musician she dreamed of in the 5th grade. All due to her talent, perseverance, and determination. If there ever was a musician with a life filled with greatness it’s this months musician of the month, Joanne Diebold. Musicians out there take note and take all the opportunities you can.