Joanie Mathis joined the Omaha Symphony as Vice President of Education and Community Engagement in 2016. She began working at the Omaha Symphony after almost five years with Omaha Performing Arts. While at Omaha Performing Arts, Joanie created many opportunities to showcase Nebraska talent at the Holland Center for Performing Arts. Annual events such as Band Day at the Holland, the OPA Student Jazz Combo Competition and Show Choir Showcase all began under her leadership during her tenure.
Joanie received a Bachelor of Arts in Horn Performance and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2011. While at UNL, Joanie was involved in several ensembles including the UNL Symphony Orchestra, Husker Horn Choir and the Cornhusker Marching Band. She served as Drum Major during her final season with the CMB. During college, Joanie interned at several arts organization including the Lied Center in Lincoln, Nebraska, the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado, and the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Currently, Joanie works with the Omaha Symphony to create educational experiences for students and community members to interact with professional musicians (both local musicians in the Symphony and nationally touring musicians). The Omaha Symphony Education Department also presents five education-based concert experiences for students age pre-k to high school throughout the school year.
Outside of work, Joanie enjoys helping out the Millard North High School band program as a brass tech. When they have time, Joanie and her husband Craig love to spend time with their families and watch college football (GBR!).